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FutureStarrChaka Khan Apologizes For 'Greatest Singers List' Comments After Shading Mary J Blige & more.
Chaka Khan recently voiced her opinion of fellow singers on a podcast, but now she's retracting and issuing an apology. While appearing on Los Angeles Magazine's The Originals program, Khan spoke her mind regarding Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Singers List' and demeaned those ranked higher than her - including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Adele and more - as 'blind bat b***es'.
Days after criticizing Rolling Stone's Greatest Singers List and giving her opinion on those listed higher than herself, Tell Me Something Good singer has now apologized and taken back her criticism. Khan was ranked at number 29 on the list, below modern artists like Mariah Carey and Adele.
The star was invited on a podcast hosted by Andrew Goldman to discuss the list. She wasn't afraid to voice her disdain for Billboard magazine's rankings, calling them 'blind bat b***es' for their selections. Additionally, she took time out of praise for Aretha Franklin who was placed at the top of the list.
It's no secret that Winehouse has had a difficult life, with her drug use and relationship issues taking center stage in recent months. She's been in and out of jail, while her marriage to British businessman Russell Fielder-Civil has become increasingly troubled.
Music fans have been captivated by Winehouse's ability to craft songs that incorporate pop, jazz and R&B elements. Despite the controversy surrounding her music, Winehouse has sold over 10 million copies of her album Back to Black and earned five Grammy awards.
She's created a distinct sound, one that Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker pop critic compares to "split vocal stylings" reminiscent of Mamie Smith and Sophie Tucker - jazz musicians known for their Northeastern vaudeville intonations and early blues phrasings on their recordings.
Frere-Jones may label this "a pastiche," but it isn't without its own charm. This kind of pastiche draws from traditions from New England blues to the juke joint and hip-hop world--the sort that helped set the standard for rock and soul music.
Winehouse stands out among the many white artists who have adopted Don Cornelius' soulful sound to find success. Her song can be enjoyed on rainy nights in the country or sunny days at a city park.
Winehouse may have her own style, but she's doing little to break down the barriers between music and race. Her lyrics are often racially charged, and her vocals often racist. She has been caught on video singing slurs about blacks, Asians, gays, disabled people - to name a few. Furthermore, Winehouse was arrested for numerous drugs charges and is currently serving a jail sentence.
Alicia Keys is one of music's most successful and iconic figures, having earned 29 Grammy awards - 15 in the category for best new artist - as well as selling millions of copies worldwide. Beyond her musical accomplishments, Alicia has dedicated herself to charity work and activism; Amnesty International named her Ambassador of Conscience and she co-founded Keep a Child Alive to combat HIV/AIDS.
Her music conveys a powerful and inspiring message, as evidenced by her popular hits "Underdog" and "A Beautiful Noise." As an accomplished and versatile singer, she is renowned for her soulful vocals. Her songs span across various genres and are inspired by both personal experiences as well as diverse musical influences.
Keys has released three studio albums and two compilations, with Songs in A Minor being her most successful; featuring the iconic hit "Fallin'," it earned several Grammy nominations. Other noteworthy releases include Girl on Fire (2012), Here (2016) and Alicia (2020).
She is renowned for her eclectic blend of pop and R&B music, as well as her socially aware songs. Her albums have been praised for their capacity to inspire and uplift listeners with a fresh take on contemporary music.
Recently, Selena Gomez announced the launch of her makeup line with e.l.f Beauty. Despite being an industry pioneer, YouTuber James Charles came under fire when he tweeted about Alicia's launch and disparaged her by saying, "I'm pumped for Selena Gomez's makeup company to start."
James was swift to delete his tweet in response to widespread outrage and issued an apology.
As expected, many of Alicia's fans were indignant by the comments and even more disappointed that they were made at all. They are just as passionate about her work in music as Alicia is, so it is incredibly disappointing for someone to make such a comment without realizing what they were saying about her.
Chaka Khan has received a lot of criticism for her remarks regarding Rolling Stone magazine's "Greatest Singers List," and she has since issued an apology. Along with a long statement, she shared a photo of herself wearing a nude outfit complete with dangling earrings, gold headband and signature vibrantly colored curls.
Recently, The Soul Icon appeared on Andrew Goldman's Originals podcast to share her opinions about the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Adele and Mary J. Blige were ranked higher than her on the list despite having more hits than she does.
She made some harsh criticism of Beyonce and her album. She claimed that Beyonce had been "shady" by using so many writers on her songs, in comparison to Bowie's stealthy approach to releasing his music.
Her tweet received a lot of criticism, with one user saying she "should have known better" and another declaring her comments to be "stupid." Nonetheless, some fans expressed support for Khan's apology: they said "Yes, Chaka for owning up and apologizing and now moving on."
Though some of the comments were harsh, she had no choice but to apologize. Indeed, given her position on the list and some unsavory remarks about other honorees, it may have been fair in the first place for her to apologize.
Khan recently spoke with Los Angeles Magazine and praised Aretha Franklin for her place on the list, but she criticized other honorees as well. Khan claimed they deserved more recognition than she received and needed "hearing aids" when it came to understanding their ranking on the list.
But when she revisited her past criticism of Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Funk" was even more critical.
She condemned Blige's cover of Rufus' iconic ballad "Sweet Thing," insisting it was misrepresented and even went so far as to call her a "f*****g idiot" at a concert.
Beyonce had a similarly strong reaction to Chaka Khan's remarks, showing her disdain for such language. On Sunday (March 5), she tweeted an apology in the form of a photo featuring herself wearing nothing but nude clothing and earrings - evidence that Beyonce too felt offended by what Chaka said.
Social media was rocked when Rolling Stone released its 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list at the start of 2019. Notable absences included Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Sting, Cher and Tony Bennett along with other musical legends like Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding from their list.
Fans on Twitter complained that the list was biased towards classic rock, and that Dion, who has won five Grammys, should have been included. In addition to Dion, many others such as Ray Charles and Beyonce were left off the list.
Dion has achieved international fame through her voice, which are recognized around the globe. She has starred in multiple hit films and even won an Oscar for her work on Titanic.
Recently, she was diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome - a rare neurological disorder that affects her muscles and causes them to tense uncontrollably. This diagnosis has forced her to postpone several upcoming concerts and focus on her health right now.
But that doesn't mean she has given up music altogether. She has been an integral part of the soundtracks for several films, such as Titanic and Muppets Most Wanted.
She has released several albums, including The Book of Love and Dreams which features original songs written by herself. Additionally, she has performed in a number of music videos.
The iconic singer behind 'I Will Always Love You' is one of the world's most successful artists, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide. She has toured extensively and earned several awards throughout her career.
Her vocals have been compared to those of Beyonce and Mariah Carey, yet she has her own distinctive style and versatility. She has performed in multiple languages, earning multiple hits on Billboard Hot 100 lists.
She has earned more than 25 awards throughout her career, including three Grammy awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and 14 Golden Globes overall.