Jennifer Lopez Defends Grammys Motown Tribute: "I’m Just Very Humbled"

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You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing. Motown was music for everybody.

"J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that bad performance", preacher Jared Sawyer Jr. tweeted on Sunday. "You can't tell people what to love", she said.

Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute.

'I think anyone who is upset is stupid. Variety pointed out that Motown artists like Mary Wells, Lionel Ritchie, or Stevie Wonder might have been a better choice, noting that "There are other tributes worthy of J. Lo as the headliner, but this one, a celebration of a record label that was dedicated to celebrating black talent when few other labels cared, deserved a black talent as its star".

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Moments after the performance and emotional Lopez reflected on Motown's hits and said Berry Gordy was thrilled of her participation.

Lopez's addition to the Motown tribute triggered some people on social media, who condemned the Grammys for choosing her to perform songs composed and recorded by legendary African American musicians like Berry Gordy, The Temptations and Diana Ross and The Supremes.

Robinson himself defended Lopez's involvement, telling Variety recently that "anyone is upset is stupid", and the songstress shut down any other haters with her wonderful performance. "It's such a good moment. Everybody", Robinson said. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". "It's just a dream come true", she continued. Ne-Yo, Grammys host Alicia Keys, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson also performed, but Lopez was clearly the star of the tribute. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.

"They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she explained, adding she has no hard feelings for those who were less than enthused with her as the leading lady for the tribute. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs".

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