After she finished, she told the crowd that she was "grateful" to be here tonight.
Twitter users called Lopez out for putting on a mediocre performance.
'I'm going on a US tour. Thanks to Berry Gordy, "Motown became a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression and a repository for some of the greatest talent ever assembled at one company..."
"J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that bad performance. So they could have NEVER given a performance like that, ladies at all times!"
"The thing about music is that it inspires all", she said. To know the history of Motown, you understand that Berry Gordy founded the group with the intent to publish and OWN the music Black artists created. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. They were then joined by host Alicia Keys who helped her sing "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. My birthday is in July so this summer I decided I want to do something big for my birthday, since it is a big birthday, ' she said. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs".
But, according to Smokey Robinson, an actual Motown legend, J.Lo was more than qualified to lead the tribute. The Second Act star also noted that she did the performance for her mother, saying, "It was for my mom. I could cry. It's such a good moment", she smiled.
While talking to Variety, Robinson defended Lopez and said "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?". "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset". He added, "Motown was music for everybody".
"There are SO many Motown artists who are alive and well, so why aren't these artists performing in the Motown tribute?" one viewer asked.
Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.