Jennifer Lopez turns Motown tribute into own zesty show

Jennifer Lopez Grammys 2019

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Yes, Alicia Keys - who Lopez accidentally hit in the head with her mic - Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo (now a Motown exec) stepped in to help, but this was, strangely, the J.Lo show.

Lopez also opened up about her performance on the Grammy red carpet, telling Ryan Seacrest that she wanted to dedicate the performance to her mother.

People were already puzzled when news that J. Lo would be performing the tribute and by the time she took the stage, music fans were waiting to see if she would pull it off. Critics thought it would have been more appropriate to have a black singer pay homage to the label that launched the careers of some of the most famous African-American performers in pop music history - especially during Black History Month.

Clearly, people were upset on behalf of the Motown legends they grew up loving. "You gotta do what's in your heart". "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us".

Berry Gordy, who stood during Lopez's performance, founded Motown Records in 1959. She sang classics like "Do You Love Me" while donning several outfits in an act with Smokey Robinson and others. "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset".

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 fantastic performance. "Motown was music for everybody".

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

"Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" will take place on February 12. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

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