Jennifer Lopez turns Motown tribute into own zesty show

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at grammys 2019

"I think anyone who is upset is stupid", he said Saturday, adding that Lopez has more than enough credibility as someone "growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood" in the Bronx.

When the Grammys announced that tonight's show would include a tribute to the music of Motown, it was fitting. Alongside Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, J.Lo performed a medley of hits from the label's heyday at the Staples Center.

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. The room was literally full of Black artists that could have participated. But viewers thought it was not right for Lopez to be honouring such an important time in black music because, frankly, she isn't black.

USA singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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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 wonderful performance. "You can't tell people what to love. You gotta do what's in your heart".

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he said. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs". He came out to perform alongside Lopez and before the show, he addressed the controversy. "Motown was music for everybody".

Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks. At one point, he mouthed, "Wow". On social media, many folks noted that the choice wasn't a great stylistic match for J.Lo, and others wondered why contemporary black singers, who built their careers on the legacy of Motown, hadn't been chosen instead, especially during Black History Month.

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