Beyonce may be “The Beloved Mistress of the Universe” (according to Oprah) with her very own religion (called ‘Beyism’), but it’s common knowledge that she isn’t much of a songwriter.
King Bey’s been called out numerous times over the years for her ‘songwriting’ skills – which usually consist of adding some vocal runs or changing a word or two in a song, and then taking credit as both the writer and the producer.
Opinion has always been split on Beyonce’s artistry, with some top hitmakers –such as Ne-Yo and Bangladesh– defending her questionable methods, while others have felt differently.
Belonging to the latter category is Linda Perry, who was behind hits like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Pink’s “Get The Party Started.” The singer-songwriter didn’t pull any punches during a recent Reddit AMA to promote her new VH1 talent show Make or Break, revealing exactly what she thinks of Beyonce’s so-called ‘songwriting.’
Linda, how do you feel about Beyonce changing one word on a song and getting writing credit. Does that bother you as a songwriter?
“well hahaha um thats not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasnt for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are. but everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce. She is talented but in a completely different way.”