Jennifer Lopez Defends Heavily Criticized Grammys Motown Tribute

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"Stop", she adds when the host starts looking at her suggestively.

"This summer I decided I wanted to do something big for my birthday, since it's a big birthday", she shared. "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. And this year, Rodriguez got Lopez a special surprise. We all remember her beginnings as one of the Fly Girls on Fox's In Living Color.

But criticism aside, J. Lo had a very meaningful motivation behind her performance: her Motown super-fan mom, Guadalupe. "Everybody", he said, noting the pop star has enough credibility to do the set because she grew up in the Bronx.

Before she plans the second half of her career legacy, her 50th birthday tour will be a little ambitious.

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Jennifer Lopez knows how to throw a birthday bash! When Ne-Yo came out to contribute a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", the spirit of multiple black artists singing Motown hits nearly felt like a tribute -except with Lopez perched atop the white grand piano Ne-Yo was playing and diva-worthy fireworks exploding for the finale. "That to me is more romantic than anything". "And she was like 'Hi, ' just like she is on the show, so cool with her long hair". The tour will go on through July 26, ending in Miami.

Former first lady Michelle Obama was also at the ceremony.

While on the show, the 49-year-old songstress also revealed that she's embarking upon a USA tour in honor of her upcoming 50th birthday! No doubt Lopez was asked to play even more cities, though wisely kept it to 24.

Once you take a look at JLo's health regimen, you can see she shouldn't have any trouble keeping up pace traveling the country.

And while J Lo was clearly the subject of some backlash, we have a feeling her powerhouse career will keep churning along, just as it has for the last two decades.

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