Groundbreaking singer, model and actress Grace Jones just called out every single pop star on the charts in an excerpt from her upcoming autobiography published exclusively in Time Out London.
Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, a star she calls “Doris” and even Beyonce are in Jones’ crosshairs as she calls the singers fakes and pretenders.
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“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,” Jones argues. “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. You are really in Vegas wearing the sparkly full-length gown singing to people who are paying to see you but are not really paying attention. If that is what you want, fine, but it’s a road to nowhere.”
Jones also goes on to blast the overuse of the word “diva,” claiming that too many people are bestowed the title. “Where’s the exclusivity?” she cries.
“It’s so commercial now. For me, a diva is like the great opera singer, the great film star – out of reach, in their own world, with a real gift for invention, attention-demanding performance artists with a flamboyant, compelling sense of their own importance, so special and inimitable it verges on the alien,” Jones writes. “And of course the word is usually used to describe an apparently erratic female whose temperamental qualities, survival instincts, and dedication to perfection are seen as weaknesses, as self-indulgent, not a strength. So, Kate, I am not a diva. I am a Jones!”
Grace Jones' autobiography‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ comes out on September 24.
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