The Stronger singer Kelly Clarkson has been known in the past to be outspoken about her grievances, particularly with the music industry and the pigeonholing of the pop genre that she got her start in since winning American Idol in 2002.
While discussing the importance of identity within the pop world, especially feeling comfortable in her own skin, Clarkson turned to Beyonce for comparison, telling People, ”I don’t want to wear no stiletto. I am not a model and I am not Beyoncé. It is not going to happen.”
Kelly Clarkson continues to explain the nature of the industry, which she’s spent time trying to figure out with a few failed singles and genre mishaps. Referring to her peers in the industry, and quite possibly at Lady Gaga’s loud choice of attire’s Clarkson said, ”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.”’
Clarkson continued to explain her own take on the music industry, specifically harping on the attire, ”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.”
As of right now Clarkson is letting her music take a back seat for the time being to mentor singers on a new reality show called Duets. The competition sees her, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, and Robin Thicke take unknowns and compete against each other by dueting with the contestants as well as mentoring them. Saying of her contestant Jordan Meredith, who she’s currently coaching, ”I need [Jordan] to be comfortable on stage and people are pushing her to wear something else. Especially in a competition you need to be comfortable and confident.”
Do you think Kelly Clarkson should have brought Beyonce’s name into the conversation?