Jennifer Lopez knows you were not here for her Motown tribute during the 61st Grammy Awards.
Right after (like seriously, as soon as) she performed during last night’s show, Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier stopped her to ask how she felt.
He also asked her to respond to critics who think she wasn’t qualified to hit the stage to pay homage to Berry Gordy’s Detroit record label.
“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.”
“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.” An emotional Jennifer Lopez responds to her critics backstage after her #GRAMMYs Motown tribute. pic.twitter.com/1dK3OEs9OH
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 11, 2019
Lopez also got emotional as she explained how her dynamic performance was also a tribute to her mother.
“It was for my mom. I could cry. It’s such a good moment,” Lopez shared explaining how she grew up listening to Motown hits that her mom used to play when she was a kid. “It’s just a dream come true.”
The 49-year-old singer performed a 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.”
And while Twitter had ALL the jokes over Jenny’s performance, the record label itself posted (and deleted) a tweet defending JLo’s work. Robinson also didn’t have a problem with Jenny from the block repping Detroit.
Ahead of the show, Robinson told Variety,
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”
As previously reported social media had all kinds of questions when it was announced that Lopez would be performing during the 60th Anniversary tribute.
The performance was supposed to serve as a precursor to the real Motown tribute, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer, on Tuesday.
Boyz II Men, Chloe x Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian and Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Ne-Yo, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor and Stevie Wonder are all set to perform.