Jennifer Lopez faced intense backlash following the announcement that she would lead the 2019 Grammy Award tribute to Motown Records. Though the performance has since come and gone, many still feel as if she should have declined.
During a sit-down on The Breakfast Club, the Bronx native discussed her decision to participate, saying she still believes it was the right thing to do.
“So what do you do in this? Do you back down and just let like people who are bullying you online not do something you were gonna do, that you wanna do, that you love? What does that say?”
She went on to say she almost dropped out of the gig but was encouraged to see it through by several Motown legends themselves.
“My kids were in the car when we got the call and they were like, ‘Mommy, why don’t they want you to do it? What’s going on?’ . . . For a minute I was gonna drop out, then I spoke to the producers and I spoke to Berry Gordy, spoke to Stevie Wonder, Smokey and (they) were like, ‘Please do it. Motown music was for everybody. We made music for everybody and you were inspired by that and you know all these songs.’ Berry’s been to my show, and he loves me as a performer and he was like, ‘I can’t think of anybody [else] that I would want to have do it. I love the way you perform.’ He was so happy when he heard I was doing it. It was just a nice thing. I was like, ‘OK, it would be easy for me to drop out, it’s one less thing to do.’ Trust me, I was busy at that time, but afterwards I felt like, ‘I told my kids I was gonna go do it.’ … They smiled, they looked at me, they were like, ‘Good, Mommy; don’t let them make you back down and push you around.’ I think it was an important lesson for that reason alone. And I had a great time doing it.”
Lopez also revealed that ex-boyfriend Diddy recently apologized for a flirty Instagram post spotted by her current boo, baseball star Alex Rodriguez.
“We were boyfriend and girlfriend when we were little, it was such a long time ago. He wrote Alex after that (commenting on her photo) and apologized. He was like, ‘yeah I didn’t mean anything by it, I have nothing but respect for you guys, I’m so happy for you guys.’ We Were together so many years ago, it’s just like, we were kids, you know?”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.