There has been some outrage about Jennifer Lopez being part of the Motown tribute at the Grammys. However, Motown legend Smokey Robinson is not here for the haters. He is calling anyone protesting “stupid.”
The 78-year-old icon bluntly said last night on the red carpet, “I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid.” He added, “Motown was music for everybody. Everybody… I think anyone who is upset is stupid.” See below:
Some of the greatest artists of all time came out of Motown Records. We’re talking the likes of Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations – to name a few. Motown churned out Black artist after Black artist who became icons of music in a time when Black people were combating overt racism on the daily. The legacy is special and it deserves to be honored.
That’s why when when it was reported that a Motown tribute at the upcoming Grammy’s including Jennifer Lopez,some people were outraged. It isn’t clear in what capacity she’ll be performing or which song(s) but Motown is already trending on social media. People are certainly skeptical. Nonetheless, Smokey Robinson is one of the icons of Motown, if he is not offended should anyone else be?
There will be full Motown tribute show titled “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration.” which will be taped Feb. 12 but air April 21 on CBS. A statement read, “Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson, the tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will feature Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & 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.”