Smokey Robinson calls Jennifer Lopez Motown tribute complainers ‘stupid’

« I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset, » Robinson told Variety. « I think anyone who is upset is stupid. »
Lopez joined the Motown legend and singer Ne-Yo for an energetic tribute to the label founded by Berry Gordy in Detroit in 1959.
Speaking to Variety outside Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Robinson didn’t take too kindly to social media complaints that Lopez was not a good choice for the performance.

« Motown was music for everybody. Everybody, » Robinson said. « Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown? »

Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks.

For her part Lopez was in tears talking to « Entertainment Tonight » after her performance.
She said she did it for her mom, who is a huge Motown fan.

« Any type of music can inspire any type of artist …You can’t tell people what to love, » Lopez said. « You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do — what they should sing or not sing. »
CNN has reached out to Robinson for additional comment.

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