Back on Feb. 10, there was outrage that Jennifer Lopez was part of the Motown tribute at the Grammys. Many people came to her defense but she did not speak out publicly until now.
While sitting down with the crew at “The Breakfast Club” Lopez was asked if she thinks she should have turned down the Motown tribute. The 49-year-old said, “No, it was the right thing to do. It’s funny because it’s surprised me but at the same time it didn’t. I was like, okay, so what do you do in this? Do you back down and just let people who are bullying you online not make you do something you were gonna do and that you want to do and that you love?”
She continued, “My kids were in the car when we got the call and they were like mommy, why don’t they want you to do it? For a minute, I was going to drop out and I spoke to the producers and I spoke to Barry Gordy and spoke to Stevie Wonder [and they said] please do it. Motown music was for everybody, we made music for everybody, and you were inspired by it and you know all these songs.”
Lopez also added, “Barry’s been to all my shows and he said I can’t think of anybody I’d want to have do it. I love the way you perform, this is amazing… I had a great time doing it and we celebrated afterwards and we brought down the house that night…Part of the fear of going out there was overcome but also validated by people just enjoying music and dancing and performing.”
Watch below at the 29:50 mark:
Motown legend Smokey Robinson came to the singer’s defense even before the performance. The night before the Grammys, the 78-year-old icon 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:
You be the judge. See her Motown tribute below: