Jennifer Lopez Passionately Rejects Grammy Motown Backlash

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

Jennifer Lopez delivered a high-octane performance at the Grammys last night, but no matter the intensity, it wasn't enough to distract from the controversy du jour: J. Lo was the headliner for a Motown tribute.

"They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she said.

People were already puzzled when news that J. Lo would be performing the tribute and by the time she took the stage, music fans were waiting to see if she would pull it off.

Her performance comes days ahead of Motown's tribute concert to celebrate the label's 60th anniversary.

But, according to Smokey Robinson, an actual Motown legend, J.Lo was more than qualified to lead the tribute. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us".

It's exactly because of her lifelong love of the genre, and the impact it has had on her career, that the singer is not letting any criticism get under her skin. "You gotta do what's in your heart".

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. "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". "Motown was music for everybody". "How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?!" The event will feature Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, NE-YO, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor, and Stevie Wonder.

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