"It was for my mom. I could cry. It's such a good moment", Jen told Entertainment Tonight after her set. "It's just a dream come true". "Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself", she said. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us".
During the telecast, Lopez delivered an energetic performance, belting out a medley of Motown hits, including "Dancing in the Street", "Please Mr. Postman", "My Girl", "Do You Love Me?" and "Money (That's What I Want)".
Robinson even had a message to critics about Lopez' doing the Motown tribute, saying anyone "upset" about it "is stupid", according to Variety. "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". "Motown was music for everybody". But for anyone who'd been following along online over the last week, the tribute was indisputably controversial; Lopez came under fire after she was announced as the headliner for the tribute a few days earlier.
"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", she told the publication. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.
The singer, who now has a residency in Las Vegas, shared how Grammy producers and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy were "thrilled" about her tribute.
"They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she explained, adding she has no hard feelings for those who were less than enthused with her as the leading lady for the tribute.