Grace Jones on Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Miley: 'I've been copied'
Entertainment legend Grace Jones has called out copycats in the music business and revealed that she often feels "so copied" by contemporary stars.
In an excerpt from her autobiography, entitled 'I'll Never Write My Memoir', she discusses the idea of being referred to as iconic in context of the modern music world:
"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. 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."
"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. If that is what you want, fine, but it's a road to nowhere.
"The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. 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."
Jones' autobiography will be officially released on September 29.
Watch footage of Jones performing live here:
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