Jennifer Lopez‘s tribute to Motown at the Grammys Sunday night was met with tons of controversy. Now, reports are coming out that she was a tyrant behind the scenes.
According to Radar Online, a source claims, “During rehearsals, she was barking at the dancers and she kept breaking down and getting frustrated because it wasn’t going her way.” The source described her as “a complete diva,” very difficult” and “wouldn’t allow anyone to tell her what to do.”
She reportedly “demanded preferential treatment over everyone, including Lady Gaga.” Gaga and Lopez did take a photo together but it was allegedly all for show.
Lopez did respond to the backlash by telling Entertainment Tonight that Grammy producers and Motown co-founder Berry Gordy were happy she was doing the tribute. “It was a natural fit for them,” she said. “But for some people, [it wasn’t], and that’s OK. I’m just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs.”
Before the performance, Motown legend Smokey Robinson defended Lopez. The 78-year-old icon bluntly said, “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.
There will be a full Motown tribute show, titled “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration,” which will be taped Tuesday but air April 21 on CBS.
“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,” a statement read.