This legend is NOT a fan of these two artists!
Lionel Richie is definitely one of the greats, and thus deserves to have his opinion taken very seriously!
And the music artist thinks that Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus have made amateur music acceptable in the mainstream!
He also believes their songs will NOT stand the test of time!
And Lionel says these new kids on the block ain't got nothing when compared to the stars in his prime including Madonna and Michael Jackson!
Here's what he said:
"The beautiful part of where we were - we had shock value. But what came with shock value was hit after hit after hit. Madonna was outrageous - but she had a catalog of music that was unbelievable. At the end of all the theatrics with Michael (Jackson), he had nothing but the most fabulous catalog. Now, we've got a lot of theatrics… but where's the song that is going to stick around forever?… Twenty years from now, let's take anybody - where's the body of work? I'm going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying records. I'm thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber. We've made amateur music mainstream. There's a difference between a stylist and a singer. Everybody can sing! Go to karaoke, there are some guys seriously singing their a**es off! But do they have a unique voice, or distinct voice?"
We definitely think Lionel has a BIG point!
Although Justin and Miley's songs can be fun to listen to now - in the moment- will we be able to say the same twenty years from now???
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That's a good question, and one no one will be able to definitively answer for a few years!
There's a lot of time thought between then and now for Miley and Justin to make new music and potentially make something worth remembering!!!
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