On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez took the stage at the Grammys to pay tribute to music’s most iconic label, Motown.
Lopez’s set included songs like “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing In The Streets,” and “Money (That’s What I Want),” with the singer teaming up with Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo.
Some who tuned in for the performance loved it…
While others had a different opinion.
The singer and the Grammys faced criticism prior to the event as fans voiced their concern that a Black artist should lead the Motown tribute given the label’s legendary roster and place in Black culture.
Lopez defended her performance, telling Entertainment Tonight, “The thing about music is that it inspires all. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. 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.”
Smokey Robinson also came to the singer’s defense prior to the performance. He told Variety at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala, “I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”
Still, Lopez isn’t letting criticism get to her. Later, the singer dedicated her performance to her mom, adding, “It was for my mom. I could cry. It’s such a good moment. It’s just a dream come true.”