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  February 11, 2019

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 Jennifer Lopez took the stage with host Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson at the 2019 Grammy Awards to honor Motown Records. She performed hits like “Dancing in the Street,” “Do You Love Me,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free” and more, while wearing numerous sparkling numbers, including a one-piece with a deep v cut.  During the Grammys preshow, Lopez told E! she planned to dedicate the performance to her mom Lupe. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.  “Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music,” the Second Act star, 49, said. “I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups. We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it’s a dream come true.”  RELATED: Grammys 2019: Everything You Need to Know About Music’s Biggest Night  But many Twitter users were quick to criticize Lopez’s participation in the Motown tribute, calling for black performers to honor the genre that was launched by Berry Gordy with artists like Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Temptations.  “J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that terrible performance,” preacher Jared Sawyer Jr. tweeted on Sunday. “How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?! And it’s Black History Month too.”  Sawyer, 21, suggested that Knight, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Tina Tuner or “practically anyone else” take Lopez’s place.  RELATED VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez Celebrates ‘Two Years of Laughter,’ ‘Fun’ and ‘Adventures’ with Alex Rodriguez  TV and radio personality Bevy Smith, 52, pointed out that female Motown artists would never have been able to give a performance like Lopez’s under Gordy’s direction.  Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Grammy Awards coverage to get the latest news on music’s biggest night.  “The irony of the very sexy J.Lo Motown revue is that Berry Gordy had the women of Motown tame their sexy so as to not fall into the Jezebel, highly sexed trope which White America places black women in!” she wrote on Twitter. “So they could have NEVER given a performance like that, ladies at all times!”  RELATED: The Grammy-Winning Record of the Year When You Were Born  Other tweeters echoed that sentiment.  “We like her well enough but not for this,” @FrankiB wrote. “There are literally 1000s of black musicians that would have performed. This is why #Motown was formed because black artist couldn’t get a chance.”  Added @spanishfly_69, “When I think about Motown that gracefully put the spotlight on black music & artists and the CULTURE during black history month… Ummm NO #JLo is not who comes to mind.”  “I like J.Lo and all but…. How you gonna do Motown like that in black history month????”@3xcalib3r wrote.  Gordy, 89, watched the tribute in the audience.  But Robin
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