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


"The thing about music is that it inspires all". It was awful, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented.

Lopez didn't let the criticism of her performance faze her.

During the precisely choreographed number, Lopez sang a medley of Motown classics, like "Dancing in the Street", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Do You Love Me" before she was joined by Grammys host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who sang with her for "My Girl". But for anyone who'd been following along online over the last week, the tribute was indisputably controversial; Lopez came under fire after she was announced as the headliner for the tribute a few days earlier.

In the end, this was a Motown tribute only Alex Rodriguez could love.

In 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records which housed some of music's biggest talents including Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers and more.

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Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez told ET on Sunday.

Chatting to Entertainment Tonight, the On The Floor songstress said: 'I could cry. However, Robinson defended Lopez from critics while speaking to Variety ahead of her performance on Saturday night. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer. "You can't tell people what to love", she said. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. "We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true".

"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. "Motown was music for everybody".

So, fortunately for Lopez, no matter what people say, she'll always have her no. 1 fan at her side.