Don’t Call Me Copycat: 10 Stars Battle Controversy

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There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

1. Christina Aguilera

When Akon dissed her, claiming she was “intimidated” by Lady Gaga’s presence, Christina Aguilera hit back this year, stating:

“No rip-offs, we’re all inspired by different things. I was inspired … by artists that came before me…. You know what I love about the new breed of newcomers is that they’re risk takers. They’re doing things that aren’t so safe. … I always had the guts and passion to do things like that. … I’m happy to see that people have come full-circle and are now accepting it and are into it and these girls have the guts to do it. (Star 94 FM)”

Christina Aguilera, copying, gallery, black music month, artistr

Christina Aguilera, copying, gallery, black music month, artistr

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

1. Christina Aguilera

When Akon dissed her, claiming she was “intimidated” by Lady Gaga’s presence, Christina Aguilera hit back this year, stating:

“No rip-offs, we’re all inspired by different things. I was inspired … by artists that came before me…. You know what I love about the new breed of newcomers is that they’re risk takers. They’re doing things that aren’t so safe. … I always had the guts and passion to do things like that. … I’m happy to see that people have come full-circle and are now accepting it and are into it and these girls have the guts to do it. (Star 94 FM)”

Mariah Carey, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

Mariah Carey, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

2. Mariah Carey

While Mariah Carey has not had a major beef with another artist this decade, she has addressed comparisons that came with her last two albums “E=MC2” and “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel”.

Here’s what she has to say:

“I’m inspired, each time I go in, to do something a little different, yet something that’s still the core of who I am. I think that music speaks and crosses all boundaries. (Mariah Journal)”

Rihanna, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

Rihanna, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

3. Rihanna

From “Pon De Replay” to “Rude Boy”…. Rihanna’s style has been questioned and drawn comparisons to Fefe Dobson and Kelis.

While Rihanna claims to be a trendsetter, here’s what Dobson and Kelis had to say about her style in comparison to their own….

“She is supposedly a fan of mine,” Dobson told HoneyMag. “I try to take it as a compliment. It gets a little much when she starts getting the same tattoos as me but overall I just want people to separate the image and listen to the music.”

As for Kelis, she says “expect her to copy”….

“The only other person I would give credit before me is Pepa. Other than that, I expect them to copy me,” Kelis told HoneyMag in a recent interview when asked about Rihanna and Cassie. “What else are they supposed to do? They’re young. God bless them.”

Solange, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

Solange, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

4. Solange

You don’t hear much about Solange copying others but, when she shaved her hair off in 2009, she had to address haters who said she was doing nothing but following others…

“I was NOT inspired by anyone but myself. I have done this twice in my life. I was 16 and I was 18. Did not care about your opinion then. don’t care now,” Solange wrote on Twitter. “I just wanted to be free from the bondage that black women sometimes put on themselves with hair.”

Keyshia Cole, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

Keyshia Cole, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

5. Keyshia Cole

Over and Over…. Is Keyshia Cole the new Mary J ? According to Keyshia, the answer is no when it comes to the woman who inspired her..

“I feel like we are very similar based on everything we’ve been through in our personal lives. It’s helped make us sing the way we sing. Because she didn’t have a vocal coach, and neither did I. And when I met her I told her, “You winning all those Grammy’s-congratulations-it gives me inspiration to this day that maybe I can do the same thing.” You know, it’s just a real big life circle. I think there are a lot of things that she could tell me that’d help me. I’m not trying to take nobody’s place or nothing like that. But I’m just saying, as a woman-as a young Black woman-if she knows some of the answers, Give ’em to me!” (Essence)

Mario, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

Mario, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

6. Mario

Mario never addressed who he was talking about on his album, “Turning Point,” but it has been rumored that it was Usher… check out the lyrics:

“This is a funny situation. These guys I grew up (with) havin crazy admiration for — Got the feelin that I’m tryna replace them. That ain’t the case , I’m in a whole ‘nother place …Tryna build my estate.” (“18,” Turning Point)

beyonce, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

beyonce, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

7. Beyonce

Was Beyonce biting from other artists with her Grammy Award winning effort “Sasha Fierce” ?

While she has “killed” Sasha, claiming to be able to “merge the two” as a “grown” adult, Beyonce said (prior) “Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I’m working and when I’m on the stage. The double album allows me to take more risks and really step out of myself, or shall I say, step more into myself, and reveal a side of me that people [who] only know me see.”

trey songz, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

trey songz, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

8. Trey Songz

Tired of R. Kelly ? Trey Songz is, except he’s tired of constantly being compared to the man he dissed in 2009.

Here’s what he had to say (nice) about Kelly:

“Before I was even thinking to pursue music I would only listen to R. Kelly. That comes from me studying his music. Sometimes our tones are similar and sometimes the inflections I make with my voice is something that he would do, just because it’s my subconscious. And that’s not something that I try to do, it’s just something that is just there. To be compared to who I feel is the King of R&B has never been an insult. I’ve been compared to R. Kelly since my first album. (Honey Mag)

the dream, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

the dream, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

9. The Dream

The Dream has answer to facing heat in the kitchen and it’s get out. According to The-Dream, his next album “Love King” is going to be the last because people don’t appreciate his artistry:

“Nope, there’s not another album, this is it,” Dream said in an interview with Ms. Drama. “Nobody appreciates music so I’m out. I’m out. I’m good, so take that. Like Jay said, maybe y’all will remember me when I fade to black. So it’s out.” (Ms Drama TV)

keri hilson, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

keri hilson, copying, gallery, black music month, artistry

There has been a lot of talk of one artist copying another, check out ten acts who have fought back, defending their artistry and/or style.

10. Keri Hilson

When Keri Hilson stepped up to the mic, she came swinging with lyrics like “check the credits hoe” and “she need to move it to the left”…. While we didn’t know who she was talking about, similar talents Beyonce and Ciara seemed like the targets on her “Turnin’ Me Off’ remix.

“I just want to tell Ciara it’s not about you,” Keri said, calling into Atlantia radio station V103 when Ciara happened to be in the studio. “People are just reading way too far into it. People take things and make it what they want it to be. It wasn’t taking shots at nobody.”

So who is “Turnin’ Me On” directed at then? “It’s anybody that ever tried to take me down and didn’t want to see me succeed,” Keri explained. “I’m not gonna call their names because I feel I’ve addressed it.”

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