Kelly Clarkson Is Hated And Here’s Why
What’s wrong with Kelly Clarkson?
Why is she popular music’s whipping post?
Clarkson is like the anti-Beyoncé. While you can’t say anything bad about Beyoncé, you pretty much have to say something bad about Clarkson.
Since becoming a diva, Clarkson can’t get anyone but country music artists to sing with her. Pop and rock acts don’t want to touch her with a ten-foot microphone stand.
"I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no," Clarkson told BBC Radio 1 in February.
Clarkson can sing and she can sing just about anything. Her catalog of hits include such divergent songs as “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” "My Life Would Suck Without You," “Mr. Know It All,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”
Esquire magazine said she has “the best voice in the history of pop music.”
This “best voice” sounds just as good live as it does in the studio which is why she’s participated in more than ten concert tours in the last decade. That includes her upcoming “Piece by Piece Tour”—her trek begins July 11 in Hershey. Look for Kelly Clarkson concerts in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, and Dallas.
Clarkson seems like a decent person. She has contributed considerable time and money to a variety of charities. Whenever she does an interview she comes across as down-to-Earth and relatable.
All that didn’t stop British journalist Katie Hopkins from posting on Twitter: “Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen.”
Hopkins was responding to Clarkson’s recent appearance on a popular British talk show. She went on to Tweet: “Darling, if you had a baby a year ago, that is not baby weight. It is fat. Quite calling it cute names to make yourself feel better.”
Some have accused Hopkins of being an opportunist. Regardless of her intentions, she didn’t have to attack Clarkson’s weight and she didn’t have to do it with such vitriol.
It’s true that Clarkson is no size zero but her waistline doesn’t mean she deserves scorn and ridicule. Clarkson doesn’t have the same figure as other divas; she has the same figure as her fans.
So why is Clarkson so excoriated and the target of so much hatred?
Is it because of her politics?
Clarkson once said she loved Ron Paul and that she’s not a hardcore feminist.
I don’t think this is it. She might be Rush Limbaugh when compared to most people in the entertainment business but she did vote for Barack Obama twice.
Is it because she’s critical of other artists?
After the 2013 VMAs (the one where Robin Thicke performed with Miley Cyrus), Clarkson tweeted “#pitchystrippers.”
I don’t think this is it either. Clarkson never named names (people inferred she was talking about Cyrus), and she only said what we were all thinking.
The reason Kelly Clarkson is pop music’s red-headed stepchild is she won American Idol. People don’t like the fact that she didn’t come up through the usual ranks but won an overblown karaoke contest.
Some resent the fact that Clarkson didn’t pay her dues.
I understand and respect the concept of “paying dues” but to say Clarkson is any less of a performer because she won American Idol is ridiculous.
Who’s to say that winning American Idol, even the show’s first season, is less of an arduous route to musical fame then the supposed organic routes?
Also, if you think all big time artists toiled in anonymity for years, sleep in cars, and suffered numerous rejections before becoming a star you’re absolutely wrong.
>>Fitz and The Tantrums were founded in late 2008 and in less than a year they had played the Viper Room, opened eight concerts for Maroon 5, and released an EP. They band immediately clicked and because of that their success came easily and quickly. Clarkson tried out for American Idol in May of 2002 and her first album came out in April of 2003.
>>Christina Aguilera competed in local talent shows as child—she won her first talent competition when she was eight. She also competed on Star Search (a precursor to American Idol). None of that has dogged her career like American Idol has dogged Clarkson’s.
>>Rihanna was introduced to vacationing record producer Evan Rogers when she was 15 because her friends told Rogers’ wife that she was always singing and performing. Less than two years later, Rihanna released her debut album, Music of the Sun. Just like Clarkson had to sing to the judges to get her “golden ticket” to Los Angeles, Rihanna had to sing to Rogers and did so in his hotel room.
>>Meghan Trainor won songwriting competitions that led to her being signed to a publishing deal when she was just 18. She was signed to Epic Records three months after turning 21.
>>Bruno Mars moved to Los Angeles in 2003 when he was just 17. The next year he signed with Motown Records. The contract yielded nothing, but it did lead to him signing another music publishing deal in 2005.
>>Drake released his first mixtape when he was 20. Dizzy, however, was already famous, at least in Canada, thanks to starring in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He landed that role because one of his high school buddies’ father was an agent.
>>Adele’s friend posted a three-song demo she made as a school project on Myspace. That led to the head of her future record label giving her a call. Her first album, 19, came out less than two years later.
>>Justin Bieber was discovered by Scooter Braun after the latter accidently clicked on the former’s YouTube video. Biebers met Usher a week later and released his first single less than two years later.
I’m not claiming that any of the above artists didn’t work hard, didn’t pay their dues, or didn’t suffer for their art. But they experienced just as much good fortunate and luck as Kelly Clarkson did.
In many ways, I think coming up through a medium like American Idol is harder than the traditional way—whatever that is. If you win American Idol it sticks with you like an albatross around your neck. Clarkson won the first season of A.I. 13 years ago and we’re still talking about it.
If you fail to win American Idol, then people within the industry can say: “if you can’t win a televised singing competition how will you be able to sell records?”
Of course, it doesn’t really matter how you’re discovered. You still have to get it done in the recording studio and you still have to sell concert tickets.
Clarkson is the 14th bestselling artist of the 2000s, she’s won three Grammy Awards, and she’s sold hundreds of thousands of concert tickets to venues all over the world.
You don’t put together an impressive resume like that just because you won a glorified karaoke contest. You put together an impressive resume like that because you’re talented.
Kelly Clarkson is talented and she deserves our respect.
It should be about what you do not how you got started.
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