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Why Are People Criticizing Jennifer Lopez's Motown Tribute at the 2019 Grammys?

From left Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammys From left Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammys E! Jon Kopaloff Getty
Hannah Rogers | 13 February, 2019, 18:59

When Jennifer Lopez took the stage to perform a tribute to Motown, it had some viewers raising their eyebrows. "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".

Ahead of the show, the starlet explained that leading the tribute was "a dream come true", as she was extremely influenced by the genre growing up.

"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid".

What did U think of Lopez's Motown tribute?

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy redefined music when he founded Motown Records at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. "This and musicals", Lopez said. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Prior to the show, Smokey Robinson publicly lauded Lopez's appointment for the tribute, telling Variety, "Motown was music for everybody".

It seems a section of the Twitterverse was less than impressed with Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute at Sunday's Grammys.

Motown fans who were disappointed with Sunday's tribute might be more pleased with the Recording Academy's upcoming celebration of Motown.

I don't know how many of you caught the #Grammys last night, but one of the most controversial moments even days before the award show aired was the decision for @jlo to perform a 6 minute #Motown tribute.

Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid". My birthday is in July so this summer I decided I want to do something big for my birthday, since it is a big birthday, ' she said. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs".

Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks.

U.S. singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. At one point, he mouthed, "Wow".

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