Kara DioGuardi is powerful woman in the music business, having been an 'American Idol' judge as well as a hit songwriter, label exec, vocalist, author and head judge of the songwriting competition series 'Platinum Hit,' which just wrapped on Bravo.

Because of her success as an alpha female in an eats-its-young industry, it wouldn't be shocking if others called DioGuardi a b----. However, she labeled herself as such in a recent chat with Wet Paint at an event.

While Sonyae Elise won the first season of 'Platinum Hit,' DioGuardi shared her time and her expertise with other contestants, like fan favorite Johnny Marnell. About her role as mentor, DioGuardi said, “I’m always known as the b----! But then I’m the one who meets with them after the competition, writes them emails or whatever.”

She said she and Marnell were very similar, which is why she was driven to assist him, as well. "[Johnny and I] come from a similar background — we both went to Duke and I think part of being that Type-A driven personality is that you don’t want to fail. You don’t want to make mistakes. But you have to do that in order to learn. You have to put yourself out there it’s the only way you’re ever going to grow. So we talked a little bit about that. I think he’s really talented.”

She also threw some props to emerging artists, such as Neon Hitch and Helena, both of whom we should land on the pop music radar sooner than later.

While the music industry has been in a sagging state of flux in the digital age, DioGuardi still has faith regarding the future of music in general. “I have a lot of hope for the future of music,” she says. “We just keep finding great artists.”