You may not know Linda Perry by her face, but you certainly know her by the music she helps make. Perry got started as the lead singer for the 90s alternative group 4 Non Blondes. She penned and sang on their one hit “What’s Up” and then disappeared only to reemerge in the millennium as a successful songwriter behind hits like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”, Gwen Stefani’s “Wonderful Life”, Alicia Keys’ “Superwoman” and Pink’s “Get the Party Started.”
The songwriter is tentatively edging into the public eye as she has just launched her new reality series on VH1, Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project. In order to promote her show she took part in a Reddit AMA and took no prisoners as she discussed how little some artist’s actually contribute to their songs lyrically.
To Linda Perry’s credit, she didn’t bring up Beyonce by name. That was asked by a fan who wanted to know whether or not she was “bothered” by “Beyonce changing one word on a song and getting writing credit.”
While the songwriter didn’t seem upset about Beyonce’s lack of songwriting, she didn’t exactly hold back on what she thought about the music business and the position it puts songwriters in who aren’t in the spotlight like Beyonce.
“Well hahaha um that’s not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasn’t for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are.”
“But everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce. She is talented but in a completely different way.”
Of course as we suspected Linda Perry’s views left Twitter polarized with all kinds of reactions.
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Aside from her reality show, Perry is married to actress and The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert. If you recognize the name, you may know her from Roseanne, where she played Darlene for nine years. The pair got hitched in March after their engagement in April of 2013.