Jennifer Lopez insists ‘any type of music can inspire any type of artist’ amid backlash against her Grammys Motown tribute

Leaping onto the piano and somersaulting across the stage, Jennifer Lopez gave a thrilling performance during her 60th anniversary tribute to Motown at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

But the 49-year-old’s gig attracted online backlash before it occurred, owing to the fact that she is not black and was never signed with Motown.

Now J-Lo has now defended herself, insisting: ‘The thing about music is that it inspires all. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist.’

Talking to Entertainment Tonight, she added: ‘You can’t tell people what to love. You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do, what they should sing or not sing. You gotta do what’s in your heart.’


 

Phenom: Jennifer Lopez thundered through a barnstorming 60th anniversary tribute to Motown Records at the Grammy Awards on Sunday

 

Making it happen: Flaunting her dancer’s figure in a glittering bodysuit, she blew through a series of dizzying moves with reliable showmanship


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Lopez dedicated her performance to her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez, who she said filled her Bronx childhood home with Motown classics.

‘It was for my mom. I could cry. It’s such a good moment,’ she said of the show. ‘It’s just a dream come true.’

She was defended by Motown icon Smokey Robinson, who slipped into a snappy scarlet and black suit and joined her onstage for the tribute.

 

Controversial: The 49-year-old’s gig attracted online backlash before it occurred, owing to the fact that she is not black and was never signed with Motown

Before the performance occurred, Smokey had told Variety: ‘I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid.’

‘Motown was music for everybody. Everybody,’ said the Since I Lost My Baby and The Way You Do The Things You Do songwriter.

‘Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?’ said the record label’s former vice president, noting her upbringing ‘in her Hispanic neighborhood’ with regard to the question of authenticity.

Despite the backlash, Lopez gave her performance her all on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

 

Chic to the hilt: She was defended by Motown icon Smokey Robinson, who slipped into a snappy scarlet and black suit and joined her onstage for the tribute

 

Could she see him?: Still more affirmation came from Motown founder Berry Gordy, who could be seen smiling in evident enjoyment in the audience

 

Singing up a storm: Jenny From The Block also shared the stage during her medley with the evening’s compere Alicia Keys for Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone

 

Flaunting her dancer’s figure in a glittering bodysuit, she blew through a series of dizzying moves with reliable showmanship.

Still more affirmation came from Motown founder Berry Gordy, who could be seen smiling in evident enjoyment in the audience.

Jenny From The Block also shared the stage during her medley with the evening’s compere Alicia Keys for Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, War and Square Biz.

As the tribute continued, Jennifer leaped up onto a pink piano and lay on her back, singing up a storm as Ne-Yo accompanied her at the keys for Another Star.

 

As the tribute wore on, Jennifer leaped up onto a pink piano and lay on her back, singing up a storm as Ne-Yo accompanied her at the keys for Another Star

 

Hunk: She writhed enthusiastically on top of the Steinway as Ne-Yo played in front of her, cutting a dapper figure in a white suit and a black top hat

She writhed enthusiastically on top of the Steinway as Ne-Yo played in front of her, cutting a dapper figure in a white suit and a black top hat.

Her lineup that night included such Motown hits as Do You Love Me?, Please Mr. Postman, Dancing In The Street and The Best Things In Life Are Free.

Smokey and Jennifer sang a duet of My Girl, a legendary song he helped write for The Temptations 55 years ago – on Sunday, he sweetly substituted ‘Jen’ for ‘girl.’

 

Only the best: Her lineup that night included such Motown hits as Do You Love Me?, Please Mr. Postman, Dancing In The Street and The Best Things In Life Are Free

 

Fabulous: Smokey and Jennifer sang a duet of My Girl, a legendary song he helped write for The Temptations 55 years ago – on Sunday, he sweetly substituted ‘Jen’ for ‘girl.’

 

As well as her marquee colleagues, Jennifer was joined by a fleet of backup performers for the Latin-influenced dance sequences.

J-Lo brought back the recording company’s iconic sense of chic, blowing through a string of throwback ensembles during her energetic performance.

One of these was a flowing black sequined wrap with powder pink feathery lining – which she eventually tore off to reveal a skimpier bodysuit underneath.

Showstopper: As well as her marquee colleagues, Jennifer was joined by a fleet of backup performers for the Latin-influenced dance sequences

Aglitter: J-Lo brought back the recording company’s iconic sense of chic, blowing through a string of throwback ensembles during her energetic performance

Razzle dazzle: One of these was a flowing black sequined wrap with powder pink feathery lining – which she eventually tore off to reveal a skimpier bodysuit underneath

‘I think anyone who is upset is stupid’: Before the performance occurred, Smokey had told Variety : ‘I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset’

‘Everybody’: ‘Motown was music for everybody,’ said the Since I Lost My Baby and The Way You Do The Things You Do songwriter

Defiant: ‘Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?’ said Smokey, the record label’s former vice president

 

Defending his duet partner: Smokey also noted Jennifer’s upbringing ‘in her Hispanic neighborhood’ with regard to the question of authenticity

Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone began as a May 1972 single for The Undisputed Truth but gained legendary status as a smash by The Temptations that September.

Inversely, War began life as a number for The Temptations but wound up in the hands of Edwin Starr, who made it a massive hit.

Teena Marie sang Square Biz in 1981 on her fourth studio album It Must Be Magic, the last LP she released with Motown before moving to Epic.

History: Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone began as a May 1972 single for The Undisputed Truth but gained legendary status as a smash by The Temptations that September

Reversal: Inversely, War began life as a number for The Temptations but wound up in the hands of Edwin Starr, who made it a massive hit

The shoes J-Lo had to fill: Teena Marie sang Square Biz in 1981 on her fourth studio album It Must Be Magic, the last record she cut with Motown before moving to Epic

Berry wrote Do You Love Me? for The Contours in 1964, while Stevie Wonder penned and performed Another Star a little over a decade later.

The Marvelettes introduced Please Mr. Postman to the world in 1961, three years before Martha And The Vandellas cut their record of Dancing In The Street.

The Temptations went on TV in 1968 and sang The Best Things In Life Are Free, and standard from the 1927 college football-themed Broadway musical Good News.

Diana Ross, who shot to fame as part of Motown’s prized girl group The Supremes, also took the stage at Sunday’s Grammys for a medley of her hits.

Origin stories: Berry wrote Do You Love Me? for The Contours in 1964, while Stevie Wonder penned and performed Another Star a little over a decade later

Going back to the beginning: The Marvelettes introduced Please Mr. Postman to the world in 1961, three years before Martha And The Vandellas cut their record of Dancing In The Street

No biz like showbiz: The Temptations went on TV in 1968 and sang The Best Things In Life Are Free, and standard from the 1927 college football-themed Broadway musical Good News

J-Lo and company: The Dinero singer posed for a smashing group shot backstage with her fleet of backup performers

 


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