Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Jennifer Lopez responds to Grammy backlash over Motown performance

Jennifer Lopez responds to Grammy backlash over Motown performance

Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid".

One person did stand up for the decision: Smokey Robinson.

Moments after the performance and emotional Lopez reflected on Motown's hits and said Berry Gordy was thrilled of her participation. Critics thought it would have been more appropriate to have a black singer pay homage to the label that launched the careers of some of the most famous African-American performers in pop music history - especially during Black History Month.

While others supported JLo, but kicked off at the Grammys organisers: 'No shade, J-Lo is truly a great artist, but let's be real, this wasn't her performance to give.

Robinson himself defended Lopez's involvement, telling Variety recently that "anyone is upset is stupid", and the songstress shut down any other haters with her fantastic performance.

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She added: '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". "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.

Chatting to Entertainment Tonight, the On The Floor songstress said: 'I could cry. "[The Grammys organizers] know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she noted. "For some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay". "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "We were The Temptations and we [would] just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true".

"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid".

"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody". With a medley of huge Motown classics, she put up a dramatic performance in a duet with Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keys.

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