Beyonce Is Named As One of the Most Overrated Music Artist of All Time
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Is Beyonce overrated? Well according to one writer, the R&B superstar is nothing more than a lackluster bore. And this has been a subject that many music enthusiasts have pondered, seeing as Beyonce has managed to have an amazing career that has remained stellar for over a decade, a rarity in today’s music business. Although Beyonce originally found success as 1/4 a member and the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’s success as a solo artist is indisputable. In fact, Beyonce has gone on to become a bigger start without Destiny’s Child, and even having a baby hasn’t managed to slow her down any. And to demonstrate how incredible Beyonce’s career still is, Beyonce’s current album 4 is doing quite well and many will agree it’s one of her least promoted albums. Virtually without any promotion, Beyonce’s singles such as Love On Top and Dance For You have already topped the charts.
But despite Beyonce’s lengthy music career, and ability to chart without much promotion (and not to mention her pretty impeccable stage presence), there are still people who feel that Beyonce is overrated.
In fact, King Bey was recently named as the 3rd most overrated music artist of all time.
The writer of the controversial list claims that Beyonce is overrated not because she lacks any talent or an amazing singing voice and stage presence, but because she lacks any originality. He even claimed she was lazy:
“Again, it must be pointed out that I don’t dislike many of these artists. I actually quite enjoy Beyonce as an R&B singer; I gave last year’s 4 a solid rating in the review I did of it. She has a fantastic voice and she has made some very good albums. What I cannot abide is the amount of overcredit she gets for being some kind of innovator in the genre. Any innovation her albums present is the product of her other producers and writers of her music; for the most part she doesn’t actually write her own stuff. She contributed lyrics to barely over half of the songs on 4, and frankly the ones where she seems to have the most creative input are the weakest (for example, “1+1”). It wasn’t always this way; she has never completely written her own songs, but she contributed a lot more to I Am…Sasha Fierce and had input on every song on B’Day. As time has gone on, “Queen B” as her fans call her has become lazier and lazier and seems willing to rest on her laurels. Yet she is still considered to be the top female R&B singer out there. Crap on other R&B stars all you want, but many of them are more complete artists than Beyonce, who is increasingly becoming a good performer and little else.”
Of course Beyonce’s fans were outraged. Many of them made points such as Beyonce working harder than most artists in the business and the many long hours she puts into her craft. They even demanded to know why artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj (who have been criticized for not having strong stage presences) did not make the list.
In addition to Beyonce, Chris Brown (came in at number 4) and Drake (came in at number 7) were also on the list. Both were said to have created unforgettable music, says the writer.
What say you? Do you think Beyonce is one of the most overrated music artists of all time or is the writer reaching?