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Twitter Was Not Having Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to some of Motown’s biggest names Sunday night, but Twitter didn’t exactly want an encore.

During a medley of classic Motown songs such as “Square Biz,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing in the Street,” and “My Girl,” several Twitter users criticized Lopez’s appearance alongside Motown legend Smokey Robinson, arguing that a Black performer should have taken the spot instead.

“Umm i could have thought of about a million other artist better for this performance other than @JLo,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another wrote “I mean…was Khia not available for this Motown medley?”

Previously, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sparked criticism after fans of Motown tweeted their confusion over why the Academy would honor the legendary Black music label with Lopez instead of a Black artist, especially during Black History Month.

At Saturday’s Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala, Robinson defended Lopez’ performance, pointing to the credibility of her youth  spent growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx. “Motown was music for everybody. Everybody,” he added.

Lopez also opened up about her performance on the Grammy red carpet, telling Ryan Seacrest that she wanted to dedicate the performance to her mother.

“I want to dedicate the performance to my mom; it’s the music we listened to in our living room – The Temptations The Supremes – this is her music and I grew up on it,” she said. “The performer I am today is because of that music.”

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  1. Oh Well it happened so why don’t u try and relax and listen to some Motown. Then u can put anybody u want, up there to pay respect’s. It’s not political it’s in the music….The Music

  2. It’s like choosing Fantasia to perform a medley of Latin songs at the Grammys while all of the capable Latin performers are sitting in the audience.
    JLo’s performance was great for her Vegas residency, but NOT to represent Motown at the Grammys. No other culture would ever do this.

  3. I’m Sooo I pissed off. I mean, I like Ill but she’s not black. That was Sooo insulting to the black race and not to mention that its black history month. Are the Grammys that niece to put a Hispanic on stage to represent Motown while black female artists hang on a picture behind her. The Grammys should be ashamed and we deserve an apology from the Grammys and I’ll. Is her head so big that she would even consider to take that job. She should have said NO WAY!!!

  4. Worst performance of tribute for Motown everrrrr. She wasn’t really singing live, that was recorded, too much dancing, jumping & shaking butt. Ughh showing butt. A total disgrace & really inappropriate. When are people going to stop trying to give her credit?

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