One commenter on Twitter complained, "Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute and when Janelle Monae is right there and I just don't understand the creative decision". "Motown was music for everybody".
She was later accompanied on stage by host Alicia Keys, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown recording artist Ne-Yo. Variety pointed out that Motown artists like Mary Wells, Lionel Ritchie, or Stevie Wonder might have been a better choice, noting that "There are other tributes worthy of J. Lo as the headliner, but this one, a celebration of a record label that was dedicated to celebrating black talent when few other labels cared, deserved a black talent as its star".
While others supported JLo, but kicked off at the Grammys organisers: 'No shade, J-Lo is truly a great artist, but let's be real, this wasn't her performance to give.
When asked how she felt about the backlash she was already copping in the days leading up to her performance - which also included a duet with legendary singer Smokey Robinson - Lopez said that Motown and music in general belongs to everybody.
Sharing that Berry Gordy and Grammys producers had been "thrilled" that she'd been tapped to perform, she continued, "They know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", adding, "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay. You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.
The 78-year-old icon bluntly said last night on the red carpet, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset. We were The Temptations and we [would] just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true".
"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody".
Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks. "Everybody", he said, noting the pop star has enough credibility to do the set because she grew up in the Bronx.