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.
But despite being joined on stage by Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys and her fellow "World of Dance" judge Ne-Yo, Lopez's performance was a dud for many people watching at home, who previously expressed irritation with a non-Black performer headlining the tribute.
"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid".
Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid".
Former first lady Michelle Obama was also at the ceremony. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing.
"Your Motown "tribute" should have had BLACK WOMEN in it". When Ne-Yo came out to contribute a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", the spirit of multiple black artists singing Motown hits nearly felt like a tribute -except with Lopez perched atop the white grand piano Ne-Yo was playing and diva-worthy fireworks exploding for the finale. Motown churned out Black artist after Black artist who became icons of music in a time when Black people were combating overt racism on the daily.
I don't know how many of you caught the #Grammys last night, but one of the most controversial moments even days before the award show aired was the decision for @jlo to perform a 6 minute #Motown tribute. "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".
But critics have questioned why a black artist wasn't leading the charge to celebrate 60 years of the Motown record label. Many saw it as an opportunity for Lopez to step aside and give someone else a chance to have the spotlight. I mean, I desperately wanted to see at least ONE Diana wig. You don't have to take every job.