Take cover-- shots have been fired.
Grace Jones is taking aim at some of music's biggest stars in her new memoir, "I'll Never Write My Memoirs," as she criticizes the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and more as being copycats and wannabes. On Thursday, an excerpt from the book was released to TimeOut and it's clear the entertainment legend isn't mincing her words.
"Trends come along and people say, 'Follow that trend,'" Jones wrote. "There's a lot of that around at the moment: 'Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.' I cannot be like them — except to the extent that they are already being like me."
Jones, known for her fearless style and personality, said she did things for "the excitement, the dare" and was never hung up on money, as opposed to some of today's acts. She went on to detail an encounter with a particular artist (who she dubbed "Doris") and her issue with "relevancy." Jones wrote:
"I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: 'You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money.' No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the f-ck don’t feel right, don't f-ck it.
With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people's outfits: she's a baby in a closet full of other people's clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don't fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn't want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.
The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven't got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday's event."
Aside from her artist critiques, Jones' memoir will follow her journey from her strict religious upbringing in Jamaica to her signing as a model at the age of 17. Fans will also get her first-hand account of rooming with model Jerry Hall, sleepovers with actress Jessica Lange, her time at Studio 54 and more.
"I"ll Never Write My Memoirs" hits bookshelves Sept. 29.