‘Shop Around’ singer Smokey Robinson wasn’t kidding around when he weighed in on the barrage of reports slamming the Recording Academy for selecting Jennifer Lopez as one of the stars set to tribute Motown at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards (February 10).
As we reported here, Twitter erupted at news the ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ singer was onboard to pay homage the iconic record label with some questioning why “more talented African American artists” were passed up in favor of Lopez.
When quizzed on his thoughts about the hoop-la, Robinson – who penned some of the label’s most memorable hits – didn’t bite his tongue, level branding some of the critics as ‘stupid.’ Hear it from him inside:
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he told our friends at Variety. “I think anyone is upset is stupid. Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?”
Robinson is among the names who’ll be performing alongside Lopez during the tribute. In addition to saying Lopez’s credibility for the honor is due to her “growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood,” the 78-year-old was sure to end by saying:
“Motown was music for everybody. Everybody,” he repeated.