2019-02-11 16:24:34 UTC
Critics may have questioned why Jennifer Lopez was tasked to lead the Motown
tribute at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, but the 49-year-old singer wasnt
After Lopez lit up the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a
high-energy performance, she defended her connection to Motown in an interview
with Entertainment Tonight.
The thing about music is that it inspires all, Lopez said. Any type of music
can inspire any type of artist. You cant tell people what to love. You cant
tell people what they can and cant do, what they should sing or not sing. You
gotta do whats in your heart.
She went on to say that Motown producer Berry Gordy, as well as producers of the
awards show, were thrilled about her involvement. They know how much I have
been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them.
As for those critics? Thats okay, Lopez said to Entertainment Tonight. Im
just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs.
Many Twitter users were quick to criticize Lopezs participation in the Motown
tribute on Sunday, calling for black performers to honor the genre that was
launched by Gordy with artists like Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Gladys Knight &
the Pips and The Temptations.
J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that
terrible performance, preacher Jared Sawyer Jr. tweeted on Sunday. How do you
do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?! And its Black
History Month too.
Sawyer suggested that Knight, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson,
Tina Tuner or practically anyone else take Lopezs place.