Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez Grammys 2019

Jennifer Lopez Grammys 2019

Lopez, who said she listened to Motown songs as a kid, said, "I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups". Motown was a black-owned record label that put out music by predominantly black artists like the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.

One person suggested the role should be handed to an artist like Beyonce or Kelly Rowland. "How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?!" 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.

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

At Saturday's Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala, Robinson defended Lopez' performance, pointing to the credibility of her youth spent growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx. "The thing about music is that it inspires all", she told Entertainment Tonight, adding: "You can't tell people what to love. You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.

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

The 78-year-old icon bluntly said last night on the red carpet, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing. After all, it's Motown's 60th anniversary. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs". In addition to Robinson and Ne-Yo, Lopez got a little help from her friend Alicia Keys during the tribute, too. He came out to perform alongside Lopez and before the show, he addressed the controversy.

"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody".

She said she did it for her mom, who is a huge Motown fan.

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