Singer Kelly Clarkson must not be a Beyoncé fan.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Beyoncé is making headlines again after her critically acclaimed first concert since becoming a mother to daughter Blue Ivy Carter. With a wide range of entertaining dance moves and glamorous costumes, Beyoncé is known for making entertaining the audience look easy and absolutely fabulous. Most would argue that the bulk of Beyoncé’s career stems from her ability to wow the audience with sassy dance routines and her many memorable stage ensembles; while her ability to belt out chart topping hits each album has kept her relevant in a business that tends to discard female artists like trash once they’ve made a couple of decent albums. Beyoncé has proven she is here to stay, and she’ll stay as long as she wants. But not every music artist in the business is feeling Beyoncé’s image and pathway to longevity in such a fickle entertainment industry that continues to suffer in an economy that just doesn’t seem to encourage buying CD’s anymore.
Singer and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is a traditional performer who doesn’t seem to believe in the image of the entertainer. While Clarkson has had many hits and undoubted success, she feels she owes her audience nothing but an amazing voice.
Known for her outspokenness, Clarkson took to an interview with People to voice her displeasure with entertainers and a music industry that encourages artists to have outlandish images:
“I don’t want to wear no stiletto. I am not a model and I am not Beyoncé. It is not going to happen. This is such a funny industry. Sometimes I turn on awards shows and pop stars are wearing alien costumes. I’m like, ‘That’s cool for you but ain’t no way in hell someone is going to convince me to wear that on stage. Not only can the music be formulaic, but the attire can be formulaic. Just like music, with style there is room for everything and it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is that person’s thing.”
Meanwhile, even Beyoncé admits to the pressures of fame and the stress of preparing to return to the stage at her recent concert in Atlantic City. While on stage, Beyoncé revealed:
“Y’all have no idea how hard I worked!I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!”