Grace Jones Skewers The Pop Stars Of Today In Scathing Excerpt From New Memoir
Hell hath no fury like a pop icon with an opinion.
An excerpt of I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, the forthcoming autobiography from iconic model, performer, and singer Grace Jones, hit the web this week, and in it Jones calls out a number of contemporary pop stars (including, we’d wager, a handful of your faves) for copping her style. And that’s putting it politely.
Pop stars including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, and even Rita Ora for some reason (who is probably just thrilled that Grace Jones knows her name) are just a few of the modern icons who Jones takes swings at in the excerpt, calling them the “status quo”:
“The problem with… the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision… They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo, but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts, singing to those fractured, spastic, melting beats—that is the status quo. You are not off the beaten track, pushing through the thorny undergrowth, finding treasure no one has come across before. You are in the middle of the road.”
Ouch, girl, that stings! She also goes on to say that the pop stars of today are trying to “be like [her]”:
“Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend.’’ There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them—except to the extent that they are already being like me.”
While the words are harsh, there is truth in what Jones is saying. A lot of what these performers are doing today are “been there, done that” for Jones, who has been at this rodeo since the 1970s. And it would be beyond sacrilegious to deny her lasting impact and influence over pop music (not to mention fashion and performance) over the past few decades.
But of course, in grand Grace Jones tradition, the memoir gets even juicier. In addition to calling out the apparent copycats above, the legendary performer also speaks of an unnamed pop star who sought a collaboration with her, calling the anonymous singer “a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit… She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started.” To protect the artist’s identity, sorta, she simply calls her “Doris.”
Who is this unnamed, “lost little girl” though? Who is this “Doris” so desperately trying to find herself? Many have pointed out that the pseudonym may refer to Britney Spears, or even Beyonce. There’s also murmurs it could be Lady Gaga.
Who knows though—maybe there will be more cues to dissect once the book hits shelves on September 24.