Despite her work with such rappers as P.Diddy,
Big Pun, Ja-Rule, Fat Joe, Nas and others, Jennifer Lopez recently sent a statement
to the Music Of Black Origin Awards (MOBO) claiming that her music was not of
The organization requested a song by Lopez for
the 2002 MOBO album, a request Lopez denied. In the letter Lopez said that her
music was of Latin origin and that she wants nothing to do with the compilation,
which features such acts as Jamiroquai and the Sugababes.
"With collaborations with urban artists
we are surprised that she would accept a recent best hip-hop award and previous
MOBO nominations, but not consider her style of music to be of black origin,"
A MOBO spokesperson said in a statement. "A statement from Jennifer Lopez
to her UK label states that she doesn't consider her music to be of black origin."
Lopez, who recently accepted an MTV Award for
best hip-hop video, found herself facing accusations and protests last year,
after she used the word n*gga on her smash hit, "I'm Real," which
The MOBO Awards are scheduled to take place at
London Arena in the U.K. October 1st. and recognize the accomplishments of hip-hop,
R&B, reggae, dance, jazz and gospel artists.