Smokey Robinson calls Motown tribute complainers 'stupid'

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Singer Jennifer Lopez took the stage at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, and she sang and danced her way through a comprehensive Motown tribute.

Yes, Jennifer Lopez was chosen as the perfomer to salute the label with a medley that include Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Streets", the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman", the Jackson 5's "ABC" and even Teena Marie's "Square Biz".

When asked how she felt about the backlash she was already copping in the days leading up to her performance - which also included a duet with legendary singer Smokey Robinson - Lopez said that Motown and music in general belongs to everybody.

But considering the barriers that black artists from the Motown era faced to get recognition, the choice seems especially thoughtless. Jennifer, though, is taking it all in her stride.

"The thing about music is that it inspires all. I could cry. It's such a good moment", the 49-year-old singer, who always looks fantastic, shared Sunday night with Entertainment Tonight after her appearance, as she explained that she grew up listening to those classic hits. "You gotta do what's in your heart". "Everybody", Robinson said. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".

"Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself", Lopez said.

"It was for my mom", she told ET.

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

"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody".

So, fortunately for Lopez, no matter what people say, she'll always have her no. 1 fan at her side.

"Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" will take place on February 12.

In 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records which housed some of music's biggest talents including Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers and more.

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