Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

Joann Johnston
February 12, 2019

Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. But Lopez fired back in a tearful explanation afterward. J.Lo had previously performed an homage to Celia Cruz, another black performer, at the American Music Awards in 2013; at that time, many felt she should have passed the opportunity on to a black Latina. "Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself", she said.

People on Twitter weren't having it. Jared Sawyer Jr., a preacher and author, was particularly critical.

Moments after the performance and emotional Lopez reflected on Motown's hits and said Berry Gordy was thrilled of her participation.

"The thing about music is that it inspires all". "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".

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"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid". "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, noting she grew up listening to Motown songs with her mom.

When you think of today's artists who were influenced by Motown, Jennifer Lopez probably doesn't come to mind. Motown was music for everybody.

- She IsAble (@blueladybug22)I was not pleased with this J-Lo bidi bidi bom bom "Motown" performance. Why?? Everybody. Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing something for Motown?' Some argued the tribute should have been assigned to a black singer, while others simply believed JLo's pop sound did not fit the segment. However, Robinson defended Lopez from critics while speaking to Variety ahead of her performance on Saturday night.

In 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records which housed some of music's biggest talents including Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers and more. "You gotta do what's in your heart". "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs".

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