Jennifer Lopez tries to get past Motown-tribute controversy

Angelo Anderson
February 11, 2019

The GRAMMYs turned out several awkward moment on Sunday night and Jennifer Lopez is baring the brunt of the burns coming from social media after her Motown tribute failed to impress the masses.

The medley, which saw J. Lo shimmying and quick-changing to classics like "Dancing in the Street", "Please Mr. Postman", "Do You Love Me", and "The Best Things in Life Are Free", received criticism on Twitter on a very simple basis: she's not a Motown singer.

Though Robinson noted that Lopez has credibility "growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood", he said debating whether or not she's even qualified to sing Motown music is missing the point of Motown music.

Yes, Alicia Keys - who Lopez accidentally hit in the head with her mic - Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo (now a Motown exec) stepped in to help, but this was, strangely, the J.Lo show. "Motown was music for everybody".

Speaking with ET's Kevin Frazier backstage after her set, Lopez got emotional as she explained how her dynamic performance was also a tribute to her mother.


"I want to dedicate the performance to my mom; it's the music we listened to in our living room - The Temptations The Supremes - this is her music and I grew up on it", she said.

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

The singer, who now has a residency in Las Vegas, shared how Grammy producers and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy were "thrilled" about her tribute.

"They [Grammy producers] know how much I have been influenced by that music, and so it was a natural fit for them", the "Second Act" star shared. "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay".

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