Though Robinson noted that Lopez has credibility "growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood", he said debating whether or not she's even qualified to sing Motown music is missing the point of Motown music.
Lopez joined the Motown legend and singer Ne-Yo for an energetic tribute to the label founded by Berry Gordy in Detroit in 1959.
Despite Robinson's comments, an outpour of folks fired shots at Lopez's performance during the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking offense to just about every aspect of the tribute including Lopez's sparkled-covered costumes.
By the way, it's Black History Month. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. And while no one seemed to deny that Lopez, 49, entertained with her high energy, her dancing, and her costume changes, many thought that she just wasn't the right artist to give such a performance. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.
Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to some of Motown's biggest names Sunday night, but Twitter didn't exactly want an encore. News host Ryan Seacrest that she felt a particular kinship with the songs of Motown.
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While talking to Variety, Robinson defended Lopez and said "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis posted, "I'll never understand why they didn't choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute".
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.
Explaining that the Grammy bosses were "thrilled" she'd agreed to the tribute, Jennifer continued: "They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them". "Motown was music for everybody".