Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 11, 2019

"You can't tell people what to love".

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.

Clearly, people were upset on behalf of the Motown legends they grew up loving.

Previously, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sparked criticism after fans of Motown tweeted their confusion over why the Academy would honor the legendary Black music label with Lopez instead of a Black artist, especially during Black History Month. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", the 49-year-old singer told Entertainment Tonight after her performance. She sang classics like "Do You Love Me" while donning several outfits in an act with Smokey Robinson and others. But for anyone who'd been following along online over the last week, the tribute was indisputably controversial; Lopez came under fire after she was announced as the headliner for the tribute a few days earlier. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us". "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.

"They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she explained. "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay".

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", Robinson told Variety before the event. "We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true". "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.

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