Some stars don’t take kindly to having others jock their style and steal their thunder. Other stars are just flat out divalicious egomaniacs who simply will not be overshadowed. Whichever category they fall into, the celebs on this list just did not want to share their hard earned spotlight with their fellow man.
While the world seems fascinated with Lady Gaga’s eccentric style, 63-year old music veteran Grace Jones is not so impressed, claiming the statement-making Gaga bit her style. “Well, you know, I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of piss me off,”Jones said. When Gaga reached out to Jones to collaborate Grace was none to keen on the idea of sharing the spotlight with a wannabe. “I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually,” Jones told UK Guardian Newspaper. And she’s not the only one who has issue with Lady Gaga borrowing from her…
Madonna & Lady Gaga
Madonna doesn’t seem to think Lady Gaga is all that original, either. The iconic provocateur has said publicly that Gaga’s “Born This Way” was a rip off of her hit “Express Yourself.” Madonna said during a concert that she loves Lady Gaga but made sure to add that “imitation is the highest form of flattery,” in case Gaga didn’t know her place. She reached out to Lady Gaga to do a performance together but Gaga rejected the offer. Interesting turn of events. Now look who doesn’t want to share the spotlight.
How many toes will Lady Gaga step on? Bette Midler, too, has accused Gaga off stealing her schtick. The legendary singer was appalled at Lady Gaga appearing as a mermaid in a wheelchair on stage, something that Midler has been doing for years. She tweeted, “Dear Lady Gaga I’ve been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 – You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker t**s – mermaid’s mine.” Guess nobody likes sharing the spotlight with a copycat.
It’s no secret that Mariah Carey is a diva of the highest caliber, and once again she let it show. The new American Idol judge wasn’t exactly happy to have newcomer Nicki Minaj as a fellow judge on season 12 of the show. Mariah just can’t see what contribution the proactive Nicki Minaj would have to add to the judging panel considering her lack of experience in the business. Hmm…maybe this is the spark that started the fire between the two artists.
The Desperate Housewives drama spilled over behind the scenes when actress Marcia Cross pitched a fit over what seemed to be castmate Teri Hatcher receiving preferential treatment during a Vanity Fair cover shoot in 2005. Cross took issue with the fact that Hatcher was placed in the center of the photo and was the first to pick her wardrobe. Furious, she stormed away in a flurry of expletives. This kitten has claws!
It seems Naomi Campbell felt her position as the #1 Black supermodel was being threatened when Tyra Banks stepped on the scene. Tyra said in 2005 that even as an adult she was afraid of Naomi Campbell because of the way she treated her when she was 17. Tyra maintains that Naomi bullied her, told her that she could never be in her place, and would even cause designers and photographers to cancel shows and photoshoots. It all weighed heavily on Banks for 14 years–even made her want to quit modeling at one point– and prompted her to have a dialogue with Campbell on the Tyra Banks show in 2005 where she was finally able to clear the air and get some closure.
The legendary Brando always felt that a then up and coming, James Dean copied his acting style and persona. The story goes: when the two met at a party, an overzealous Dean spilled his guts to Brando (his idol), that he was nervous about meeting him and that he, essentially, was trying to model himself after him. Hearing all this, Brando told Dean that he should see a psychiatrist. That’s a nice first encounter, huh?
Etta James didn’t take too kindly to Beyoncé, who portrayed her in the film Cadillac Records, being invited to sing her song “At Last” at President Obama’s inauguration. James said during a concert, “You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she’s going to get her a—whipped.” And then proceeded to say that should couldn’t “stand” Beyoncé.
According to Aretha Franklin, there can be only ONE queen and she didn’t appreciate Beyoncé saying that it was Tina Turner during her Grammy performance in 2008. Franklin released a statement saying that she dismissed it as cheap shot for controversy. Tina Turner later took to twitter to say of Aretha, “she’s the queen of soul, I’m the queen of rock and roll. Her ego must be so good as to think she was the only one.”
Lil Kim is a vet in the rap game when it comes to female rappers. There aren’t that many of them. So when Nicki Minaj debuted with a sound that felt a little too reminiscent, Kim blasted her for jocking her style. Instead of considering it an homage it was more of a spit in the face. Lil Kim claims the style Nicki stole was a new sound she was working on with Cash Money, and Nicki took it and ran with it.
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Diana Ross is another famous diva. She refused to share even a modicum of spotlight with someone who wasn’t even there and wasn’t even competing for it. Ross would not perform at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas until the marquee had her name and her name only on it. The offending name: “Sheena Easton Appearing in Two Weeks…” in tiny letters at the bottom.
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Kanye is vying for the title of ‘biggest ego in the business.’ His ego was so big he couldn’t possibly allow someone else to have a moment that in no way form or fashion involved him. You know we’re talking about the Taylor Swift VMA event. West had to interject himself into Taylor Swift’s win and make her feel inferior when she won the award over Beyoncé.
When a newly recovered Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks amid all the Lin-Sanity, he couldn’t cope with not being the team’s go-to star player and having the offense run through him. This reportedly resulted in Mark D’ Antoni resigning as coach and forced the Knicks not to even attempt to retain Jeremy Lin at the end of his contract when a better offer came from Houston.
We can hardly believe it’s true because she seems like a genuinely nice person, but the other former members of the Pussycat Dolls claim Nicole was a diva who got a bit ahead of herself as the group’s lead–and, really, only– singer. Nicole sung all the leads and most of the back up vocals for every song. Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones told TMZ in 2012 that “Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it.” And admissions from Ashley Roberts and Carmit Bachar seem to corroborate Kaya’s claims.
Yeah, we know, Paris Hilton is the last person you expected to see on this list. Most of the celebs on our list didn’t want to share the spotlight with a coworker/co-star/or professional counterpart but Paris didn’t want to share spotlight with her own boyfriend. The heiress said that she broke off her relationship with famed Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo because she didn’t want to be “known for being a footballer’s girl.” Oh yes, much worse to be known for being a footballer’s girl than a promiscuous Hollywood party girl.