Jennifer Lopez Defends Grammys Motown Tribute: "I’m Just Very Humbled"

From left Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammys

She added: 'The thing about music is that it inspires all. "It's just a dream come true", an emotional Lopez explained backstage at the awards.

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". Ne-Yo, Grammys host Alicia Keys, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson also performed, but Lopez was clearly the star of the tribute.

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"I think anyone who is upset is stupid", he told Variety before the Grammy Awards ceremony. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. As TooFab noted, not only is Lopez not black but her own music style is nothing like Motown's sound. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", 78-year-old Robinson said at Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party, noting Lopez's upbringing in "her Hispanic neighborhood" in Bronx, New York, made her more than capable of knowing, understanding and performing Motown hits.

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Chatting to Entertainment Tonight, the On The Floor songstress said: 'I could cry. Everybody. Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing something for Motown?' "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us". She sang classics like "Do You Love Me" while donning several outfits in an act with Smokey Robinson and others.

The "Love Don't Cost A Thing" singer detailed how Motown's founder, Berry Gordon, was "thrilled" about her involvement. "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay".

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Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks. Motown churned out Black artist after Black artist who became icons of music in a time when Black people were combating overt racism on the daily.

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