Jennifer Lopez Defends Her Controversial Grammys Performance

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 11, 2019

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.

Jennifer Lopez performed a medley of Motown classics at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday, belting out a number of old favorites like "Dancing in the Street", "Do You Love Me", "The Things in Life are Free" and more. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "And it's Black History Month too".

"You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing", Lopez told "Entertainment Tonight" in a Twitter clip, below. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer.

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"I want to dedicate the performance to my mom; it's the music we listened to in our living room - The Temptations The Supremes - this is her music and I grew up on it", she said. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. 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".

Robinson also defended Lopez. "I think anyone who is upset is stupid", he said Saturday, adding that Lopez has more than enough credibility as someone "growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood" in the Bronx.

Motown fans who were disappointed with Sunday's tribute might be more pleased with the Recording Academy's upcoming celebration of Motown.

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