Jennifer Lopez defends Grammy's Motown tribute after fan backlash

Feb 14, 2019, 01:18
Jennifer Lopez defends Grammy's Motown tribute after fan backlash

The 78-year-old icon bluntly said, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". Smokey Robinson, who joined Lopez on stage Sunday, defended her during a pre-Grammy gala on Saturday.

Jennifer Lopez turns 50 this year and to celebrate the special occasion she is inviting her fans to come and party with her.

During her performance, Lopez touched on all of the classics, such as "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone", "War", "Square Biz", "Another Star, Do You Love Me?", "Please Mr. Postman", "Dancing In The Street", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", and "My Girl". She performed the Motown hits alongside Grammys host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson.

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But considering the barriers that black artists from the Motown era faced to get recognition, the choice seems especially thoughtless.

"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. Everybody... Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". Lopez said. "I totally fangirled out!" Motown's stable of singers, songwriters, producers and musicians took the concept of simple, catchy pop songs to a whole new level of sophistication and, thanks to the music's roots in gospel and blues, visceral intensity...

"I'm obsessed with [the HGTV series] 'Fixer Upper.' So we actually got a little fixer-upper next to the water", Lopez said. After all, it's Motown's 60th anniversary. I could cry. It's such a good moment. This was the definition of self determination.

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Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute. The star gave an incredible dance performance that saw her accompanied by backup dancers, sit atop a piano and much more. I mean, I desperately wanted to see at least ONE Diana wig. The SOUL? What did you all think of the performance and backlash?

Jennifer then recreated her nervous and excited reaction to the call, which was filled with gasps and a loud yell.

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