I'm not sure why people are jumping all over Jennifer Lopez for her Motown tribute at the Grammy Awards but she has a Motown legend in her corner.Smokey Robinson– was part of the performance – says the people insisting there should have been a black or Motown artist in J-Lo’s place are way off base.
“Kids of all races, worldwide, grew up loving the music of Motown... So now you’re gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for black people and call yourself defending the image of Motown. Well you’re trying to set us back a hundred years. Stop hating. Motown united people, not divided them. So don’t call yourself loving Motown if you’re a hater... J Lo was great and we at Motown love her.”
Robinson had already defended Lopez’s appearance ahead of Sunday night’s Grammys, but said he was spurred to write the new statement because “so many people are talking negatively about it. It’s ridiculous.”
There will be a full Motown tribute show, titledMotown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration, which will air April 21st on CBS. Hosted byCedric the Entertainerand Smokey Robinson, the tribute will featureBoyz 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.
Here is the interview she did immediately coming off the stage on the Grammys: