One person suggested the role should be handed to an artist like Beyonce or Kelly Rowland.
Lopez responded to the criticism by saying the songs were important to her family growing up, and that race shouldn't have played a role in her choice to perform.
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Brown was additionally found guilty of reckless driving after failing to make his court appearance in Pittsburgh earlier Tuesday. The mother of one of his children also filed a police report after claiming he pushed her during a dispute over their daughter.
So why was she selected to deliver a performance honoring a legendary label that's largely featured black artists?
Despite the backlash, the 49-year-old took the stage at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards to perform hits like "Dancing in the Street", "Do You Love Me", "Money (That's What I Want)" and "Please Mr. Postman". But viewers thought it was not right for Lopez to be honouring such an important time in black music because, frankly, she isn't black.
"Regardless of feelings and opinions about the #Grammys tribute performance, can we take a minute to celebrate the history and the power of #Motown, its artists and its music?" In an interview with Variety at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party on Saturday, Robinson defended the decision asserting that Motown's music is for everybody. "You can't tellpeople what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing". "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us". "You gotta do what's in your heart".
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He got up at nine, but when referee Jack Reiss asked him in both English and Spanish if he wanted to continue, he didn't answer. A monster right hook from Davis broke through Ruiz's defence and cracked his opponents nose before Ruiz went down to one knee.
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The Miami Police Department is reaching out for tips on the abduction of a woman captured on surveillance cameras. The African-American woman was screaming "Call 911, he's going to kill me" as she was dragged away.
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Jack Considine, Dave Brave Heart said there's been a great deal of speculation that Klobuchar would be announcing her candidacy. Next week, Klobuchar will begin a multi-state tour with stops to Wisconsin and Iowa, according to a press release.