Jennifer Lopez gave a high-energy Motown tribute on the GRAMMYs stage Sunday, bringing the audience to its feet while founder Berry Gordy looked on.
After a touching introduction and tribute to his “best friend” Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keys introduced Lopez for the medley.
Of being selected to perform the tribute, Lopez said she was “super excited” and “humbled.”
“I wanna dedicate this performance to my mom,” she told Ryan Seacrest during an interview with E! on the GRAMMY red carpet. “Because this is the music that we listened to our living room. I had three sisters so the three of us would like, be the Temptations, Supremes, everybody and my mom, this was her music and I grew up on it.”
“I think it’s made me the performer I am today,” she added.
Lopez kicked off the performance with a rendition of “Dancing in the Streets” and “Please Mr. Postman.” Next, Robinson joined JLo onstage to sing “My Girl,” before the singer donned a pink robe and fedora to perform the Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” with GRAMMYs host Alicia Keys.
Ne-Yo then joined the star-studded performance to sing Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” while Lopez danced on the piano before closing out the incredible medley.
But in spite of the excitement during the performance, there was also quite a bit of skepticism and criticism of Lopez being chosen to perform at CBS’s upcoming Motown tribute, and on tonight’s show as well. For weeks, Twitter has been buzzing about the performance.
Robinson, however, defended the choice, saying “Motown music is for everybody.”
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he told Variety. “I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”