Grace Jones Takes Aim at Rihanna, Nicki Minaj & Beyonce in New Autobiography
Grace Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind. In the famed singer's new autobiography, I'll Never Write My Memoirs, she doesn't hold back and takes shots at a number of today's big pop stars including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
The legendary singer and style icon calls more than a few contemporary singers for copying her, which was revealed in an lengthy excerpt published by Time Out (the site has since removed most of the excerpt).
Jones writes, “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.”
She also affirms her status as "the first" to move daringly in the music industry without going after the fame or money. “I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary," she pens.
The 67-year-old "Nightclubbing" creator takes aim at "Doris," a performer who asked her to collaborate but Jones turned down the offer. While Jones admits she's declined to perform with Lady Gaga in the past, social media is buzzing with talk that "Doris" could be Gaga or Beyonce. In any case, the famed entertainer vents about her refusal to let this onstage collaboration happen.
“Everyone around me is going: ‘You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money,'” she reveals. “No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention.”
While she gives these artists props for their success, Jones explains that they don't have longevity in mind. “The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly," she says. "There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon -- a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event."
However, Jones doesn't just rant on about her qualms regarding the younger singers. She wants to enrich up-and-coming artists. “Listen to my advice; I have some experience,” Jones writes. “In a way, it is me being a teacher, which is what I wanted to be. I still feel I could go into teaching. What is teaching but passing on your knowledge to those who are at the beginning?”
Grace Jones' I’ll Never Write My Memoirs arrives Sept. 24.
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