Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

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

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Charles Bowen | 13 February, 2019, 05:00

Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid". He added, "Motown was music for everybody".

She was later accompanied on stage by host Alicia Keys, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown recording artist Ne-Yo. "How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?!"

That's why when when it was reported that a Motown tribute at the upcoming Grammy's including Jennifer Lopez, some people were outraged.

At Saturday's Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala, Robinson defended Lopez' performance, pointing to the credibility of her youth spent growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx.

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Lopez continued, while getting emotional, "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist ..."

The 78-year-old icon bluntly said last night on the red carpet, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset. You can't tell people what to love", she said. 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".

There will be full Motown tribute show titled "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration." which will be taped February 12 but air April 21 on CBS. "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".

Besides Robinson, one person who was most definitely thrilled to see Lopez perform the tribute at the Grammys was her boyfriend, former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. "Motown was music for everybody". Lopez's performance did little to smooth things over with these viewers. On social media, many folks noted that the choice wasn't a great stylistic match for J.Lo, and others wondered why contemporary black singers, who built their careers on the legacy of Motown, hadn't been chosen instead, especially during Black History Month.

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