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Jennifer Lopez faces backlash for Motown tribute

Jennifer Lopez faces backlash for Motown tribute

Motown was a black-owned record label that put out music by predominantly black artists like the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. "Everybody... Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".

Meanwhile, R&B/Motown enthusiasts are pissed that Lopez reportedly lip-synced over classic Motown tracks with Robinson. When Ne-Yo came out to contribute a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", the spirit of multiple black artists singing Motown hits nearly felt like a tribute -except with Lopez perched atop the white grand piano Ne-Yo was playing and diva-worthy fireworks exploding for the finale.

An emotional Lopez, who's of Puerto Rican descent, noted afterward that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, who was in the audience, "was thrilled" to have her sing and was well aware of how much she's been influenced by Motown songs.

Immediately after her performance, Lopez told Entertainment Tonight that she never set out to cause offence - she simply wanted to do the performance for her mother, Guadalupe. "This and musicals", Lopez said.

"There are SO many Motown artists who are alive and well, so why aren't these artists performing in the Motown tribute?" one viewer asked.

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.

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The label also posted then deleted the following...

"Your Motown "tribute" should have had BLACK WOMEN in it". "I could cry. It's such a good moment".

She was later accompanied on stage by host Alicia Keys, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown recording artist Ne-Yo.

"Regardless of feelings and opinions about the #Grammys tribute performance, can we take a minute to celebrate the history and the power of #Motown, its artists and its music?" This was the definition of self determination. The star gave an incredible dance performance that saw her accompanied by backup dancers, sit atop a piano and much more.

Another wrote "I mean...was Khia not available for this Motown medley?" And where were the FASHIONS? You don't have to take every job.

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