"You're a sick person". The singer recalled the entire story to Ellen Degeneres during an appearance on her daytime talk show on February 13.
Yet the 49-year-old superstar was the one who sexily led the Motown Records tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards - so, naturally, people were upset about it. "Parents were and still are turning their kids on to the music of Motown".
Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks.
The star hit the stage to sing "Dancing in the Street", "Please Mr. Postman", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Do You Love Me", and more.
So sure, since Lopez's mother was a big fan of Motown, it must be incredibly appropriate for her, a pop singer outside of the genre, to pay tribute to the genre's history alongside one of its greatest legends.
After J-Lo's performance, Motown updated the label's Twitter account noting its cultural relevance, writing: "FROM ITS ROOTS 60 YEARS AGO WITH BERRY GORDY, $800, AND A DREAM, MOTOWN DOESN'T JUST PUT OUT INFLUENTIAL MUSIC-IT TRANSFORMS THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE".
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"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist ... I could cry. It's such a good moment", she smiled. Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis posted, "I'll never understand why they didn't choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute". The star gave an incredible dance performance that saw her accompanied by backup dancers, sit atop a piano and much more.
Following her six-minute long medley tribute to the Motown era, Twitter exploded with criticism of both J Lo and the Recording Academy, wondering how the decision was made to have a Latina woman perform a tribute for a predominantly African American genre of music.
She noted that after taking a brief break, she wanted to go back on the diet again.