Smokey Robinson calls Motown tribute complainers 'stupid'

13 February, 2019, 05:02 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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"Everybody", he said. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". He added, "Motown was music for everybody". Nonetheless, Smokey Robinson is one of the icons of Motown, if he is not offended should anyone else be?

JLo spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her performance, saying it was dedicated to her mother who played Motown hits when she was a child.

But considering the barriers that black artists from the Motown era faced to get recognition, the choice seems especially thoughtless. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", the Bronx-born singer told ET. But when the show announced that Jennifer Lopez would be included in the performance, people weren't quite sure what was going to go down. In an interview with Variety at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party on Saturday, Robinson defended the decision asserting that Motown's music is for everybody.

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. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. "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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"Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" will take place on February 12. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer. According to Us Weekly, viewers watching the awards show from the comfort of their homes were shown a close-up of Rodriguez appearing stunned during Lopez's performance.

Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks.

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.

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