Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Grammys Tribute Has Viewers Confused, Smokey Robinson Responds

It seems a section of the Twitterverse was less than impressed with Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at Sunday’s Grammys.

A number of viewers shared their dissatisfaction with Lopez’s performance online. Some argued the tribute should have been assigned to a black singer, while others simply believed JLo’s pop sound did not fit the segment.

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The Recording Academy received backlash for having Lopez perform the Motown medley when it was first announced earlier this month. Lopez’s performance did little to smooth things over with these viewers.

One person suggested the role should be handed to an artist like Beyonce or Kelly Rowland. Another wondered why Janelle Monae wasn’t offered the opportunity, after-all, she was at the Grammys.

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A few Grammys fans argued that Lopez’s singing did not do songs like “Square Biz”, “Please Mr. Postman”, “Dancing in the Street” and “My Girl” justice.

Not everyone agreed with the haters:

Despite the backlash, one person who defended the singer was Smokey Robinson, who insisted: “I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset.”

He added to Variety, “I think anyone who is upset is stupid. Motown was music for everybody. Everybody.

“Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?”

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