Jennifer Lopez defends Grammy's Motown tribute after fan backlash


The GRAMMYs turned out several awkward moment on Sunday night and Jennifer Lopez is baring the brunt of the burns coming from social media after her Motown tribute failed to impress the masses. Alongside Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, J.Lo performed a medley of hits from the label's heyday at the Staples Center.

"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid". "Everybody", he said. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".

Former first lady Michelle Obama was also at the ceremony.

Her performance comes days ahead of Motown's tribute concert to celebrate the label's 60th anniversary. So that just says Jennifer Lopez, growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood, wherever she was, loved Motown.

For her part Lopez was in tears talking to "Entertainment Tonight" after her performance. But when the show announced that Jennifer Lopez would be included in the performance, people weren't quite sure what was going to go down. "[The Grammys organizers] know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she noted. "For some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay".

Lopez performed "Please Mr. Postman" while wearing a black ensemble with white feathers and accompanied by a group of dancers.

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Lopez shared in a backstage interview with ET that she dedicated the performance to her mother, who raised her on the classic records. It was terrible, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented.

"There are SO many Motown artists who are alive and well, so why aren't these artists performing in the Motown tribute?" one viewer asked.

"So now if you're gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown".

"The thing about music is that it inspires all".

The highlight of the tribute was Robinson joining Lopez onstage to perform the Temptations' "My Girl", despite an incredibly awkward ad lib of "My Jen".