Clearly, people were upset on behalf of the Motown legends they grew up loving.
Meanwhile, R&B/Motown enthusiasts are pissed that Lopez reportedly lip-synced over classic Motown tracks with Robinson.
The star also got some fervent support from Robinson, who told Variety ahead of the Grammys, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset. Everybody.Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".
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Immediately after her performance, Lopez told Entertainment Tonight that she never set out to cause offence - she simply wanted to do the performance for her mother, Guadalupe.
The performance was shrouded in controversy as fans far and wide became immediately outraged by the announcement that Lopez would headline the Motown tribute.
Well the problem is Smokey, sure everyone listened to Motown but the legacy of Motown gave a voice to the Black struggle. Although she had help from the likes of Smokey Robinson, Neyo and Alicia Keys, many people questioned why J Lo, a Latina woman, would be chosen to commemorate such a legendary, iconic, and very BLACK music group. Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis posted, "I'll never understand why they didn't choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute".
In honor of her 50th birthday, the global superstar has announced "It's My Party: The Live Celebration" tour, which will travel to 24 cities across North America this summer.
She added that Motown producer Berry Gordy and producers of the 61st annual show, were "thrilled" about her involvement. "I think that's why I'm the performer I am today, because of that music".