Smokey Robinson Defends J-Lo’s Motown Tribute At Grammys

Smokey Robinson is defending Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards.More »

Smokey Robinson is defending Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Some fans criticized J-Lo as they felt the Latin pop singer should not represent an African American institution. However, in a lengthy Instagram post, Robinson explained why he differs with the criticism. “Attention, all of those of you who protested a wonderful, super talented, world renowned, super star like Jennifer Lopez, showing her love and support for Motown music, here’s some food for thought: on the very first day of Motown Barry Gordy told the five of us who were present, ‘I’m gonna start my own record company and we’re gonna make music for everybody and always be sure to make quality music that the world can enjoy’.” Robinson wrote. “And through the Grace of God and hard work and determination, we accomplished that.” “Kids of all races, worldwide, grew up loving the music of Motown, imitating our acts. Pretending to be Diana Ross, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and so on. Parents were and still are turning their kids on to the music of Motown.” “So now you’re gonna to try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown. Well you’re trying to set us back a hundred years. If you call yourself loving Motown, be happy that we reached so many people and broke down so many racial barriers.” “And that an artist like Jennifer, even after hearing all your negative comments, still loved Motown enough to do the tribute anyway. Now that’s love and respect,” he added. Copyright(c) 2019 RTTNews.com. All Rights ReservedLess «

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