Jennifer Lopez responds to Grammy backlash over Motown performance

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Yet the 49-year-old superstar was the one who sexily led the Motown Records tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards - so, naturally, people were upset about it. But Lopez fired back in a tearful explanation afterward. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer.

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.

People on Twitter weren't having it. Jared Sawyer Jr., a preacher and author, was particularly critical.

Additionally, Lopez discussed her involvement with the show, noting Grammy producers and Motown's founder Berry Gordy were "thrilled" with her doing the show.

Lopez continued, while getting emotional, "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist ..." "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".

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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 unbelievable performance.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he said.

Another reason Lopez might have been able to get past all the criticism is that she dedicated the performance to an important person who made her such a fan of the label's music in the first place - her mother. "@RecordingAcad y'all couldn't find BLACK women to do this MOTOWN tribute?!" "I think anyone who is upset is stupid". Ne-Yo, Grammys host Alicia Keys, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson also performed, but Lopez was clearly the star of the tribute. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez said on Sunday. "They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them". "You gotta do what's in your heart". "We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true".

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

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