Jennifer Lopez tries to get past Motown-tribute controversy

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Social media blew up during the Grammy Awards Sunday night with people questioning why the "Jenny From The Block" hitmaker had been selected to sing the Motown classics like "Do You Love Me" and "Dancing in the Streets". She also sported a sparkling bodysuit during "Money (That's What I Want)".

Before the performance, Motown legend Smokey Robinson defended Lopez. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing something for Motown?". "The thing about music is that it inspires all", she told Entertainment Tonight, adding: "You can't tell people what to love. You can't tell people what to love", Lopez said. "You gotta do what's in your heart".

Besides Robinson, one person who was most definitely thrilled to see Lopez perform the tribute at the Grammys was her boyfriend, former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. But the cultural magnitude of Motown is inextricably tied to the racial barriers it broke in the 1950s. So don't call yourself loving Motown if you're a hater and spreading the same bigotry that you so strongly oppose coming at you from others. It was disgusting, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. "Motown was music for everybody".

By the way, it's Black History Month.

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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.

Another tweet read, "Not one moment of that Motown tribute felt like Motown".

Many viewers at home took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the decision to have the 49-year-old Latina singer-actress perform a dedication to a predominantly black record label. It's too bad none of that says Motown.

Despite Robinson's defense of Lopez, many took to Twitter after the performance and offered a scorching critique. She then briefly teamed up with Alicia Keys on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and sang "Another Star" with Ne-Yo, who played the piano. "@RecordingAcad y'all couldn't find BLACK women to do this MOTOWN tribute?!" J. Lo struck a dramatic pose, more fashion model than "a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression".

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