Anyhow…..about Keri Hilson. I wasn’t going to write a post about this, but after her less than stellar BET Awards performance, I had to say something……
Keri, you had the NERVE to give that weak, note-missing, breathy performance at the BET awards, while Beyonce (who you talked about) sung an Italian opera hitting ALL her notes?! Get the hell outta here! Girl, if you’re gonna talk ish you need to BACK IT UP!!! That performance should have been HEART STOPPING the way you’ve been going around braggin’ on yourself and running your mouth! You may be a great writer, producer or whatever the heck, but you are NEW as an artist sweetheart and you’ve gotta lot to learn. You should have been taking notes during Ave Maria! My friends tried to give her a slap on the wrist with her performance- “Well, she WAS dancing AND singing…” SO THE HELL WHAT?!?
I watched Bee IN CONCERT 2 DAYS AGO do “Déjà vu,” “Crazy In Love” and “Get Me Bodied” back to back with full choreography and never missed a note!( and I watched Pink sing and do a trapeze act without missing a note! See my Sept 13TH VMA post). The argument was “well…Beyonce`s been doing this since she was 9 and she used to run in the park and sing to catch her breath….” Well Keri better get to singing on a dang treadmill and learn how to catch her breath or not sing and dance. There’s no excuse for a lame performance. If you’re not sick and your voice isn’t hoarse, I don’t want to hear it. And don’t say I would give some other artist an out, because I wouldn’t- I was reaming Kelly Rowland just yesterday about an off performance. People spend money on you- you better get up there and perform or get off the dang stage!
You know, I REALLY hate it when recording artists publicly criticize other artists. It’s just plain unnecessary, tacky and unprofessional. It also makes you look arrogant and a straight hater. ALL recording artists are in the same shark tank and have to deal with the same B.S.; whether it’s from the recording labels, the media or the audience, so why do they make it worse by subjecting each other to the B.S. that they hate so much? It just doesn’t make sense. Why help the same disgusting media machine that rends YOU, rend someone else with hateful or negative comments? I don’t get it. Like and dislike who you want to in the industry, but don’t feed the mainstream media machine.
What further irritates me about Keri’s lyrical smash of Beyonce`, is that she worked on one of Bee’s songs (“GreenLight”- the ONLY Bee song Keri worked on). As an up and coming producer and/or writer, your dream deal is to work with a major artist, because if your song becomes a hit single, it creates more publicity (and thus, more jobs) for YOU. Even if you have a few hit songs under your belt, one more wouldn’t hurt. That’s one more song you can add to your resume` that puts you even further on the map. One more song that you get credit, royalties and possibly a Grammy for, if luck strikes you. The infamous and much respected Diane Warren and David Foster became infamous because luck stuck them and they got to work with some major artists. Beyonce` (a major artist) gave Keri (and up and coming writer) a shot. She gave Keri an opportunity, a job, a paycheck and another song to put in her publishing portfolio. And yet, Keri ran her mouth? Really? I might be crazy, but I think that is disrespectful, ungrateful and a spit in the face. Dude, why are you burning your professional bridges? That’s just plain stupid. Show some humility. Did Beyonce` treat you like crap or something in the studio? If she did, I much rather would’ve liked to hear about that on the “Turnin Me Off” remix. At least you slamming her would’ve had some real motive behind it.
If you have no idea what I’m talkin’ about (which I doubt), Keri made an underground remix to her single “Turning Me On” that wasn’t intended for release. On the song, she was allegedly making negative comments about singer Ciara and Beyonce`. From what I’ve seen of Keri’s interviews talking about the remix, she denied it being about Ciara, but NOT Beyonce`. Here are the lyrics that ALLEGEDLY are in reference to Beyonce`:
“ I shot the sheriff, but wait til I shoot these bitches down, I ain't tryin to start some mess
There's just somethin on my chest that I need to get off, Cause you turnin me off
Your vision cloudy if you think that you're the best; you can dance, she can sing but she need to move it to the left, She need to go have some babies, She needs to sit down, she fake”
(Sigh). What is your purpose?? “I ain’t tryna start some mess”??? Are you sure, Keri?
If anything, she made Bee look even better, because not only did Beyonce` NOT put this ungrateful newbie in her place, she has yet to publicly criticize ANY OTHER recording artist or address any negative comments by industry people. Brava to Beyonce` for having poise, maturity and P.R. skills as usual. She’s accomplished a lot and could brag about it all, but she doesn’t. Love HER. Keri really grinded my gears. Mainly because I thought it was sooo disrespectful to slam someone that gave you an opportunity. Eww.