Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Jennifer Lopez responds to critics of Grammys Motown tribute

Jennifer Lopez responds to critics of Grammys Motown tribute

He added, "Motown was music for everybody".

Jennifer Lopez stunned at the Grammys stage by headlining the night's tribute to Motown alongside famed Motown legend Smokey Robinson. She slid into Gordy's own "Money (That's What I Want") and finished with the Contours' "Do You Love Me", even throwing in a tease of Jackson 5's "ABC".

Following her six-minute long medley tribute to the Motown era, Twitter exploded with criticism of both J Lo and the Recording Academy, wondering how the decision was made to have a Latina woman perform a tribute for a predominantly African American genre of music. "I think anyone who is upset is stupid", Robinson defiantly declared.

"The thing about music is that it inspires all", Lopez told Entertainment Tonight.

Lopez also opened up about her performance on the Grammy red carpet, telling Ryan Seacrest that she wanted to dedicate the performance to her mother. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".

'You gotta do what's in your heart'.

However, despite the backlash in the Twittersphere, Lopez received real-life support from one of Motown's most iconic figures, Smokey Robinson. But the cultural magnitude of Motown is inextricably tied to the racial barriers it broke in the 1950s.

Others called out the obvious: why not get someone more closely associated with Motown to perform? It was terrible, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented.

Did the producers mistake this for a Selena tribute? "Motown was music for everybody. And it's Black History Month too".

"Grammy failed on the Motown tribute #GRAMMYs".

Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute.

Yet the 49-year-old superstar was the one who sexily led the Motown Records tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards - so, naturally, people were upset about it. According to Us Weekly, viewers watching the awards show from the comfort of their homes were shown a close-up of Rodriguez appearing stunned during Lopez's performance. Following that, Grammys host Alicia Keys joined in for a sample of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", Edwin Starr's "War", and then Teena Marie's "Square Biz".

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