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Grace Jones Criticizes Beyoncé, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West & More in Autobiography ‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Jamaican singer, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, and actress Grace Jones is set to release an autobiography called ‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ on September 24 and she has released an exclusive excerpt to Timeout.com.

In the excerpt released, the 67-year-old icon criticizes the music of a whole lot of people including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Madonna, Lady Gaga, FKA Twigs and more.

She starts off by saying:

I come from the underground. I am never comfortable in the middle of the stream, flowing in the same direction as everyone else. I think people assume that’s where I want to be, famous for being famous, because as part of what I do there is a high level of showing off. But my instinct is always to resist the pull of the obvious. It’s not easy.

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.

In her book Grace Jones admits that she did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money.

Known for her eccentricity, Grace has been seen performing on stage in the nude several times while also conquering the style world with artistic poses in magazines.

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Read excerpts below.

On Rihanna: Rihanna… she does the body-painting thing I did with Keith Haring, but where he painted directly on my body, she wears a painted bodysuit. That’s the difference. Mine is on skin; she puts a barrier between the paint and her skin. I don’t even know if she knows that what she’s doing comes from me, but I bet you the people styling her know. They know the history.

On Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and another star she has chosen to call ‘Doris’: 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. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.

On being called a diva:  I hate that word diva. It’s been so abused! Every singer given a makeover or a few weeks on a talent show seems to be called a diva these days! Christ almighty. Where’s the exclusivity? 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. 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!

On having new artists learn from her: Listen to my advice; I have some experience. In a way, it is me being a teacher, which is what I wanted to be. I still feel I could go into teaching. What is teaching but passing on your knowledge to those who are at the beginning? Some people are born with that gift. With me, the teaching side morphed into the performing side. It’s in there. And these are my pupils – Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and… Doris.

You can read more excerpts here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Brian Rasic | David M. Benett | Venturelli

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

16 Comments

  1. Bella

    September 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Yes ma’am. she has spoken some truth especially for me with this statement ” There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.” I rest my case and we hail theee the THE JONES not the Diva. I like – might just get me the memoirs…

  2. aikay

    September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hmmmm see the way they captioned it, as if she was at war with these stars. From what I read it was not really critism as such, she was just airing her view and pointing out some obvious facts which I think it’s true though. I bet Linda ikeji will over blow this in her blog.

  3. slay

    September 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Grace Jones, the most daring performer of our time. Lady gaga , miley, madonna, rihana etc…… dem dey learn nah compared to Grace jones. Dem done see CRAZE?

  4. Tunmi

    September 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I love her!!!

  5. La'Shonda Balogun

    September 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    She’s a legend and she’s old so she’s earned the right to talks some trash (justified or not). Its not that deep.

    ‘Doris’ is OBVIOUSLY Beyoncé! I like the way these older girls throw shade!

    • chichi

      September 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      We both know that Beyonce is not Doris. Beyonce is here to stay. She has been for 2 decades now. Get it straight

  6. amaa

    September 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    She has never been one to apologize for being frank. Frankly speaking her words though uncouth sometimes, carries important information and message for this trend chasing, power hungry, money loving celebs. All hail the ORIGINAL QUEEN OF I DON’T GIVE A HOOT WHAT Y’ALL THINK OF ME

  7. Tosin

    September 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    she knows

  8. Miss Jazz

    September 11, 2015 at 2:31 am

    My respect for her would have soared beyond imagination if she had called Beyonce’s name like she did others instead of using a pseudonym *rolls eyes*

  9. shady

    September 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    She did mention Beyonce naaa . She referred to her as sasha fierce

  10. neeka

    September 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    doris could be Taylor Swift???

  11. Ebere

    September 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Grace Jones is Aunty agbaya, let the little children outgrow you……….Beef.

  12. Gypsy

    September 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Madonna shouldn’t be on that list. Madonna is a legend. She’s so not a passing phase. If anyone is going extinct, it’s Gracey!

  13. gb

    November 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    This old woman should go n sitdown joo n give us some breathing space . Her phase passed a long time ago now shes trying to stage a come back n the best she could do was to pick on ” her grandchildren”. Msheww.. what a pity.

  14. california woman

    July 21, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    of course “doris” is taylor swift! LOL, i love it!

  15. ebenezer codjoe

    October 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

    lol

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