Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez stunned at the Grammys stage by headlining the night's tribute to Motown alongside famed Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he told Variety ahead of the show. News host Ryan Seacrest that she felt a particular kinship with the songs of Motown. But it's more than that he reminded. He added, "Motown was music for everybody. Everybody... Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".

Robinson also defended Lopez.

One Twitter user wrote: "Umm i could have thought of about a million other artist better for this performance other than @JLo".

"So now if you're gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown".

Lopez's addition to the Motown tribute triggered some people on social media, who condemned the Grammys for choosing her to perform songs composed and recorded by legendary African American musicians like Berry Gordy, The Temptations and Diana Ross and The Supremes.

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After she finished, she told the crowd that she was "grateful" to be here tonight. But when the show announced that Jennifer Lopez would be included in the performance, people weren't quite sure what was going to go down.

Clearly, people were upset on behalf of the Motown legends they grew up loving.

However, despite the backlash in the Twittersphere, Lopez received real-life support from one of Motown's most iconic figures, Smokey Robinson.

She said she did it for her mom, who is a huge Motown fan.

There will be a full Motown tribute show, titled "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration", which will be taped Tuesday but air April 21 on CBS. Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis posted, "I'll never understand why they didn't choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute". "It's such a good moment". The 49-year-old performer was later joined on stage by Robinson, 78, who sang "My Girl".

"The thing about music is that it inspires all". This was the definition of self determination.

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