Smokey Robinson & J. Lo Defend Motown Tribute Amid Harsh Criticism

Smokey Robinson & J. Lo Defend Motown Tribute Amid Harsh Criticism

Jennifer Lopez carried out a medley of Motown hits alongside Ne-Yo and the legendary Smokey Robinson on the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. Earlier than the Puerto Rican singer hit the stage, critics blasted The Recording Academy for its alternative.

“THANK YOU! My Lady…,” Robinson tweeted beneath a picture of himself and Lopez onstage following the efficiency.

Earlier than they hit the stage to tribute the Berry Gordy-founded label, Robinson hit again in opposition to social media critics. “I don’t suppose anybody who’s clever is upset,” the Grammy Award-winning singer instructed Selection on Saturday. “I believe anybody who’s upset is silly.”

For critics who believed it was a foul choice to honor a Black label with a Latina singer throughout Black Historical past Month, Robinson mentioned, “Motown was music for everyone. All people.”

A tearful Lopez double-downed on being a outstanding determine of the tribute saying she did it for her mom who cherished Motown music.

“My mother was a younger mother. She used to have us in the lounge dancing and singing,” she instructed Leisure Tonight. “Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, I’ve to pinch myself. I develop up on all these songs as a result of my mother cherished them a lot.”

The Bronx-born entertainer continued, “Any kind of music can encourage any kind of artist… You’ll be able to’t inform individuals what to like. You’ll be able to’t inform individuals what they’ll and may’t do—what they need to sing or not sing.”

Click on by way of the gallery under to learn feedback on J. Lo’s Motown tribute.

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