Jennifer Lopez tries to get past Motown-tribute controversy

Brenda Watkins
February 13, 2019

But one performance stuck out for all the wrong reasons.

Jennifer Lopez defended her Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards Sunday night saying that it was a "dream come true" in response to the critics.

During the precisely choreographed number, Lopez sang a medley of Motown classics, like "Dancing in the Street", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Do You Love Me" before she was joined by Grammys host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who sang with her for "My Girl".

Some fans, however, were not happy that the Grammys chose the "Jenny from the Block" singer to perform those hit songs.

When queried about why Lopez was the right fit the performance, Robinson said simply Motown's music is universal. 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. "How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?!"

Besides taking aim at Lopez herself for being chosen to perform, others criticized her wardrobe choices.

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

An emotional Lopez, who's of Puerto Rican descent, noted afterward that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, who was in the audience, "was thrilled" to have her sing and was well aware of how much she's been influenced by Motown songs.

"It was for my mom", she told ET.

He added, "I think anyone who is upset is stupid". "Motown was music for everybody".

There will be full Motown tribute show titled "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration." which will be taped February 12 but air April 21 on CBS. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

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