Jennifer Lopez defends Grammy's Motown tribute after fan backlash

Jennifer Lopez defends Grammy's Motown tribute after fan backlash

Before they even hit the stage Sunday night at the Grammys for a tribute to Motown, Smokey Robinson was defending the selection of Jennifer Lopez.

"Motown was an historically black label and the bulk of that Motown tribute was by Jennifer Lopez", another critic said. She was later joined by Grammys host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson, who joined her to sing My Girl. The 49-year-old singer said she grew up on Motown music through her mom, listening to different artists such as The Temptations and The Supremes.

About the very special present he gave her, Jen told the host that she is a big fan of Fixer Upper and she casually mentioned during a conversation with her sister how unbelievable it would be if Joanna and Chip Gaines remodeled her and Alex's fixer-upper that they got near the water. However, if you ask a mid-60's black dude from Detroit, they may not agree, and that seems to be the general consensus on Twitter.

In response to the criticism, Motown tweeted and then deleted a statement in defense of Lopez.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he told Variety ahead of the show. "I think anyone is upset is stupid".

Despite Robinson's defense of Lopez, many took to Twitter after the performance and offered a scorching critique.

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Jennifer Lopez is gushing over her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez! The artist will be playing fewer than 30 shows across the USA, making it all the more special for fans.

When queried about why Lopez was the right fit the performance, Robinson said simply Motown's music is universal.

When you think of today's artists who were influenced by Motown, Jennifer Lopez probably doesn't come to mind.

"I'm getting ready for this movie I'm going to do call Hustlers and I have to play a stripper", she explains, noting that her trainer challenged her to cut out carbs and sugar.

However, despite her incredible routine, viewers were quick to call the star out over her Latina background - claiming the ceremony should have chosen a black singer.

"I'm afraid of A-Rod's penis", she says. You don't have to take every job.

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