Jennifer Lopez will celebrate her 50th birthday by going on tour

Alex Rodriguez at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018

"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", the 49-year-old singer told Entertainment Tonight after her performance.

But here's the thing: the objective of the tribute was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Berry Gordy's label, with the man himself, now 89 years old, in attendance (and yes, he gave Lopez thundering applause with the rest of the theater).

"My abs", she says of her favorite thing, before DeGeneres turned the question to her former pro-baseball player boyfriend.

"It's something that you get used to", she notes. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he told Variety ahead of the show. But Ross had her own tribute and Smokey was just fine with Lopez doing the Grammy tribute, even going so far as calling the folks upset with it "stupid".

Those are just a few of the Motown legends who are, ahem, alive and could have been a part of the Grammys' 60th anniversary tribute to the label that launched them and many other black artists into stardom.

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But criticism aside, J. Lo had a very meaningful motivation behind her performance: her Motown super-fan mom, Guadalupe.

Check out more reactions below to JLo's Motown tribute at the Grammys. "He actually gave me something really nice for our anniversary that I haven't told anyone", J.Lo told Ellen. I could cry. It's such a good moment. Motown was music for everybody.

So what is she going to do to celebrate her 50th birthday?

However, despite her incredible routine, viewers were quick to call the star out over her Latina background - claiming the ceremony should have chosen a black singer. Among those struggles were the Black woman being oversexualized and marginalized.

She added that Motown producer Berry Gordy and producers of the 61st annual show, were "thrilled" about her involvement. You don't have to take every job.

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