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EntertainmentJennifer Lopez Defends Her Epic Motown Tribute at 2019 GRAMMYs: 'It Was for My Mom' (Exclusive)

12:35  11 february  2019
12:35  11 february  2019 Source:   etonline.com

Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder to lead Grammys Motown tribute show

Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder to lead Grammys Motown tribute show John Legend, Fantasia and Martha Reeves are also on board for the 60th anniversary concert, to be taped in L.A. two days after the Grammy Awards. The Motown show will air April 21, Easter Sunday, on CBS. Comedian Cedric the Entertainer will co-host the event with Robinson, the Recording Academy announced this morning. Other Motown alum enlisted for the tribute show include Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Thelma Houston, Mickey Stevenson and the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly set to perform a Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards this weekend! Motown will be celebrated once again two days later when the Recording Academy hosts its Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration concert at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.

Jennifer Lopez 's performance at the Grammys 2019 caused controversy even before she took the At the end of the medley, which included a guest appearance by Ne-Yo, J . Lo paid her own personal tribute to her mom Jennifer Lopez helped deliver a glitzy Motown tribute at the Grammys on Feb.

Jennifer Lopez Defends Her Epic Motown Tribute at 2019 GRAMMYs: 'It Was for My Mom' (Exclusive) © Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez took the stage Sunday night to pay tribute to Motown at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and the singer absolutely slayed.

Speaking with ET's Kevin Frazier backstage after her set, Lopez got emotional as she explained how her dynamic performance was also a tribute to her mother.

"It was for my mom. I could cry. It’s such a good moment," Lopez shared explaining how she grew up listening to Motown hits that her mom used to play when she was a kid. "It’s just a dream come true."

The 49-year-old singer performed a jaw-dropping medley of Motown classics -- including "Dancing in the Street," "The Best Things in Life Are Free," "Please Mr. Postman" and "Do You Love Me," among others -- before she was joined by GRAMMYs host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and by Smokey Robinson, who sang with her for a performance of "My Girl."

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Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, J. Lo Join Alicia Keys to Open Show Jada Pinkett Smith also joined the stage for the opening monologue

Jennifer Lopez doing a MOTOWN TRIBUTE at the Grammys ? JLo is doing a Motown tribute at the # Grammys 2019 ? I love you girl but . pic.twitter.com/FVlYgRim6L. There are plenty of questions surrounding this Motown tribute , like whether Lopez will handle it solo and if it 'll be some kind of

Jennifer Lopez is slated to be a part of a tribute to Motown Records during this year’s Grammys . JLo , who’s been nominated for two Best Dance Recording awards at the Grammys in 2000 for “Waiting for Tonight” and again in 2001 for Jennifer Lopez doing a MOTOWN TRIBUTE at the Grammys ?

"Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself," Lopez said. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us."

It's exactly because of her lifelong love of the genre, and the impact it has had on her career, that the singer is not letting any criticism get under her skin.

After it was announced that Lopez had been tapped to lead the Motown tribute, some on Twitter slammed the decision, arguing that the Bronx-born pop icon doesn't have a connection to the Motown genre.

Robinson himself defended Lopez's involvement, telling Variety recently that "anyone is upset is stupid," and the songstress shut down any other haters with her amazing performance.

"The thing about music is that it inspires all. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist," Lopez told ET on Sunday. "You can’t tell people what to love. You can't tell people what they can and can’t do, what they should sing or not sing. You gotta do what’s in your heart."

Katy Perry criticized for appearing to try and upstage Dolly Parton during Grammys tribute

Katy Perry criticized for appearing to try and upstage Dolly Parton during Grammys tribute The 2019 Grammy Awards kicked off with a 10-minute all-star tribute to Dolly Parton, but one performer was criticized by some on social media for appearing to try and upstage the country music legend: Katy Perry. Perry, decked out in lilac fringe with matching boots and cowboy hat, and country singer Kacey Musgraves began the tribute with a rendition of Parton's 1977 "Here You Come Again," when Parton walked on stage to join them. The three singers traded lines from the song, but Perry belted out a few notes that seemed just outside her range and came off "pitchy," as was described by some.

Why Is Jennifer Lopez Doing This At The Grammys ? According to reports and confirmed to Refinery29 by a source close to Lopez , the Second Act star will perform a Motown tribute during Sunday's Grammy awards, in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Detroit-baesd record label's

Why Is Jennifer Lopez Doing This At The Grammys ? According to reports and confirmed to Refinery29 by representatives for Lopez , the Second Act star will perform a Motown tribute during Sunday's Grammy awards, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Detroit-baesd record label's

Lopez continued, explaining that the GRAMMY producers and Motown icon Berry Gordy were "thrilled" about her involvement.

"They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them," Lopez shared. "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that’s okay. I’m just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs."

Tune into Monday's Entertainment Tonight for more exclusive coverage from this year's GRAMMYs. Check here for local listings.

For more on Lopez's big night -- including appearing on stage with Michelle Obama during the show's surprising opening monologue -- check out the video below.

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