Meghan Trainor Hopes to Be Like Beyonce Someday
You might think winning a Grammy Award would earn you total creative control over any future music releases. Not so, says Meghan Trainor, who took home the 2016 award for Best New Artist. Despite her success, her musical releases are still very much dictated by the machine that drives her pop star appeal.
During a recent interview where Trainor was asked to name five entertainers she finds inspiring, the "Me Too" singer admitted Beyonce appeals to her, in part, because she has total control over her music -- something Trainor longs for.
“[Beyonce’s] at a place where she does whatever she wants," she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "Instead of being told — like I am still by album two — ‘No, you’ve gotta try again.’ Beyonce’s like, ‘No, this is what I enjoy.’ Hopefully by round three it’ll be a little more like that (for me). I do love all my songs, but it’s still being told what to put out."
While frustrating, that kind of feedback's not all bad. According to Trainor's co-writer and producer Ricky Reed, that's exactly how the singer's hit single “No” came about.
“L.A. Reid had just listened to the body of work she had been working on for the last year and told her, much to her chagrin, that she didn’t have a first single," said Reed. "She texted me while still in the meeting with him, pissed. She came straight to the studio and we just harnessed that energy an turned it into ‘NO.’ We wrote it in about seven hours."
Head over to The Canadian Press to read the full exchange, and find out why James Brown, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson and Chloe Grace Moretz also inspire Trainor.
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