Smokey Robinson defends Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute at Grammys

Smokey Robinson defends Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute at Grammys

Smokey Robinson defends Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute at Grammys

The 49-year-old singer stopped by the The Ellen Degeneres Show and revealed juicy details of her and Alex's relationship, including their favorite body parts and what they wear to bed.

Others called out the obvious: why not get someone more closely associated with Motown to perform?

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old singer shared. "But it was really nice because it made me feel like, 'Oh, he really likes me, '" she explained. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". He came out to perform alongside Lopez and before the show, he addressed the controversy.

"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody".

Sunday's tribute commemorated the 60th anniversary of Motown, the record label immortalised by a slew of iconic acts including Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. "After Motown, Black popular music would never again be dismissed as a minority taste..."


An emotional Lopez, who's of Puerto Rican descent, noted afterward that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, who was in the audience, "was thrilled" to have her sing and was well aware of how much she's been influenced by Motown songs. Among those struggles were the Black woman being oversexualized and marginalized. As The Root pointed out, "Kelly Price was busy?" Amerie didn't want to make a cameo?

"I'm obsessed with [the HGTV series] 'Fixer Upper.' So we actually got a little fixer-upper next to the water", Lopez said. "No one sent her a text?"

For her part Lopez was in tears talking to "Entertainment Tonight" after her performance. It's too bad none of that says Motown. She then briefly teamed up with Alicia Keys on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and sang "Another Star" with Ne-Yo, who played the piano.

"So now you're gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown", he wrote. J. Lo struck a dramatic pose, more fashion model than "a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression".

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