By Elizabeth C.
IS ANY STAGE BIG ENOUGH TO HOLD TWO OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST STARS (AND BLOATED EGOS)?
Madonna revealed during a concert over the weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota that Lady Gaga spurned an offer to perform with the the Gimme All Your Luvin songstress. “I have the best fans in the world. So take that, Lady Gaga! You know, I invited her onstage to sing with me. But she turned me down,” Madonna complained. “It’s OK. I’ve been rejected before. It builds a little character.”
A sound decision by Gaga, if you consider how Madonna has repeatedly aimed zingers at the newer, younger music phenomenon. Madonna has dismissed Gaga’s music as “reductive” because her pop song extravaganzas are similar in style and sound to the 80’s breakout pop queen.
During this year’s MDNA tour, she’s mashed her 1989 hit Express Yourself with Gaga’s Born This Way, which has echoes of the earlier hit. The Material Girl has then quipped at the end of the mashup, “She’s not me.”
We feel for Madonna: It’s galling to be replaced on the pop scene by someone you think is less talented. But, contrary to what she sings, time doesn’t move slowly.
Not to worry, Madonna: there is — and only ever will be — one you.