Smokey Robinson Defends Jennifer Lopez in Grammy Motown Tribute Following Criticism

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Jennifer Lopez and Smokey Robinson perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Smokey Robinson is coming to Jennifer Lopez's defense after haters aimed at her participation in the Grammys' Motown tribute, criticizing a Latina representing an African American institution.  

"Motown is for everybody," Robinson told TMZ. "Motown is universal. We broke down racial barriers with music."

"To confine Motown as something that only black people can represent or be a part of is a stupid philosophy to me," he continued. "Anyone who loves Motown would be proud of us, would be proud we broke down those barriers, would be proud that other people love Motown and love Motown music."

The publication also released the Motown icon's lengthy statement on the matter, saying that "Motown united people not divided them."

See Lopez's Motown tribute below, including tunes like "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes, the Contours' "Do You Love Me," Jackson 5's "ABC" and more.

2019 Grammy Awards

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