During a medley of classic Motown songs such as "Square Biz", "Please Mr. Postman", "Dancing in the Street", and "My Girl", several Twitter users criticized Lopez's appearance alongside Motown legend Smokey Robinson, arguing that a Black performer should have taken the spot instead.
- Mia Campbell (@piscesbaby3)I love JLO God Knows I do, but Jenny from the block should've said no to this. He added, "Motown was music for everybody".
Others called out the obvious: why not get someone more closely associated with Motown to perform?
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So why was she selected to deliver a performance honoring a legendary label that's largely featured black artists?
Besides taking aim at Lopez herself for being chosen to perform, others criticized her wardrobe choices. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez said to Entertainment Tonight. "You gotta do what's in your heart".
Lopez explained that she's a lifelong Motown fan who grew up listening to the label's hits with her mom.
'Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance.
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Robinson also defended Lopez.
Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid".
"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset".
"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody". 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. After all, it's Motown's 60th anniversary. We're talking the likes of Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations - to name a few. The concert will air April 21 on CBS.
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