Smokey Robinson calls Motown tribute complainers 'stupid'

Alex Rodriguez at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018

Lopez, who said she listened to Motown songs as a kid, said, "I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups".

One person suggested the role should be handed to an artist like Beyonce or Kelly Rowland.

Moments after the performance and emotional Lopez reflected on Motown's hits and said Berry Gordy was thrilled of her participation. "How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?!"

The 49-year-old singer performed a jaw-dropping medley of Motown classics - including "Dancing in the Street", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Do You Love Me", among others - before she was joined by GRAMMYs host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and by Smokey Robinson, who sang with her for a performance of "My Girl".

- She IsAble (@blueladybug22)I was not pleased with this J-Lo bidi bidi bom bom "Motown" performance. Why??

Speaking to Variety outside Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Robinson didn't take too kindly to social media complaints that Lopez was not a good choice for the performance.

"The thing about music is that it inspires all", Lopez told Entertainment Tonight. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". "I grew up on all those songs and because my mum loved them so much she passed them onto us".

"Grammy failed on the Motown tribute #GRAMMYs". They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer.

Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks. "Motown was music for everybody". He came out to perform alongside Lopez and before the show, he addressed the controversy.

Motown fans who were disappointed with Sunday's tribute might be more pleased with the Recording Academy's upcoming celebration of Motown.

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