“Attention, all of those of you who protested a wonderful, super talented, world renowned, super star like Jennifer Lopez, showing her love and support for Motown music, here’s some food for thought: on the very first day of Motown Barry Gordy (sic) told the five of us who were present, ‘I’m gonna start my own record company and we’re gonna make music for everybody and always be sure to make quality music that the world can enjoy,'” the 78-year-old Motown legend wrote Tuesday on Instagram.
He continued: “And through the Grace of God and hard work and determination, we accomplished that… So now you’re gonna to try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown. Well you’re trying to set us back a hundred years.” He also wrote, “Don’t call yourself (a Motown lover) if you’re a hater and spreading the same bigotry that you so strongly oppose coming at you from others. JLo was great and we at Motown love her.”
He also slammed the critics on TMZ Live, calling them “stupid.”
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.”
Some of the greatest artists of all time came out of Motown Records: Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations, to name a few. There will be a full Motown tribute show, titled “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration,” which will 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.