Sunday World - - Tribute To Whitney -

eems some fe­male stars can’t sell their mu­sic on skill alone, so they bare their as­sets and gy­rate like horny lions on stage.

The ra­tio­nale seems to be: if my singing abil­i­ties aren’t enough, sex will sell it for me.

Take Nicki Mi­naj’s on­stage “sex­or­cism ” at the Grammy Awards on Mon­day .... well!

Rolling re­ports that Catholic League pres­i­dent Bill Donohue con­demned Mi­naj’s per­for­mance as taste­less and dis­re­spect­ful to the Church.

Af­ter she ar­rived in a ridicu­lous red rid­ing hood out­fit ac­com­pa­nied by a man dressed as the pope, per­haps the most

“vul­gar part was the sex­ual state­ment that showed a scant­ily clad fe­male dancer stretch­ing back­wards while an al­tar boy knelt be­tween her legs in prayer,” he said.

“Nicki Mi­naj must just stop it now, ” 5FM’S DJ Fresh said on his show The Fresh Drive.

Arthur Mafokate says he switched his TV off.

“If I ever see my daugh­ter be­hav­ing like that there’ll be a big prob­lem, he says.

” Mi­naj also wears bizarre out­fits and hair­dos to be no­ticed and

– she’s not the only one. Lady Gagga is the queen of this trend.

I’ve watched Gagga per­form and the girl can ac­tu­ally sing. Is there re­ally a need for her to take be­ing dif­fer­ent to that ex­treme?

Bey­oncé is of­ten said to be among the greats, rank­ing with the late Whit­ney Hous­ton, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. She is im­mensely tal­ented.

But what is she sell­ing? Her mu­sic or her sex­u­al­ity? She wears lin­gerie and leo­tards at con­certs and in her videos.

SRi­hanna isn’t the great­est singer – she strug­gled to hold a note at the Grammy’s. But she made up for it by wear­ing an out­fit that left lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion.

This seems to be par for the course with her. It was re­ported that her lat­est video, We Found Love in a Hope­less Place, was banned in France for be­ing overtly sex­ual.

Last year she was thrown off a farm in North­ern Ire­land when shoot­ing the same video.

The irate owner told her to get off his land and find God af­ter she stripped down to a red bikini.

She was to have a con­cert in Malaysia this month, but res­i­dents protested against her com­ing cos

’ of her dress code.

Idols SA judge Ran­dall Abra­hams says he doesn’t see the prob­lem.

“In the 50s Elvis shak­ing his bot­tom was con­sid­ered a big deal. Women threw their panties at Frank Si­na­tra. Jazz is the mu­sic born out of whore houses.

“Mu­sic has since the 1920s been as­so­ci­ated with sex­u­al­ity. It’s about pop cul­ture in mod­ern times. It’s about en­ter­tain­ing.

“Peo­ple con­nect with mu­sic on a vis­ual level too. Madonna is fa­mous for her out­ra­geous stage out­fits and it’s re­ally not an is­sue,” he says.

Adele, who won six Gram­mies this week, is proud of her curves and sings with­out stunts

– with all her clothes on.

She was quoted in show­ as say­ing:

“I’ve never seen mag­a­zine cov­ers or mu­sic videos and been like I need to look like

‘ that to be a suc­cess’. “I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my tits out. I re­ally don’t want to do it and I don’t want peo­ple con­fus­ing what it is that I’m about.”

Ashanti, who was rel­e­vant about 10 years ago and is try­ing to make a come­back, is also re­sort­ing to show­ing off her bod.

She ap­peared on the Good Morn­ing Amer­ica show wear­ing a rather nasty cat­suit that clung in all the wrong places. Not to men­tion the Po­co­hon­tas-in­spired dress she wore to a fash­ion show, barely cov­er­ing the es­sen­tials.

Fergie has left some teenagers with the idea that it’s OK to wear an un­lined lace dress with black undies on show. What does Fergie sing again? Oh, ja

– that she’s so DE­LI­CIOUS

Thank­fully our South African artists don’t stoop so low. Ex­cept for Chomee, who went through a phase. She has since toned down.

Mafokate says it all de­pends on the theme.

“The mu­sic di­rects you. If it’s sexy mu­sic its sexy cloth­ing.

“If it’s gospel and ma­ture bal­lads like her lat­est work, there s no need for that.”

’ Suc­cess­ful R&B lo­cal Leanne Kin­stan Dlamini says she’d never take off her clothes to sell her mu­sic.

“I’m a big Bey­oncé fan but I also be­lieve peo­ple who know and ap­pre­ci­ate real mu­sic will ap­pre­ci­ate your tal­ent rather than your physique.

“Jazmine Sul­li­van is a great artist and has never taken her clothes off. But, then again, Bey­oncé has the tal­ent to get away with it, whereas Ri­hanna has to com­pen­sate...”

Imag­ine the amaz­ing Lira per­form­ing in noth­ing but her be­d­room clothes.


AG SHAME: Fergie has to dress to im­press TAL­ENTED: Bey­oncé doesn’t need to strip

SHOCK­ING: Nicki Mi­naj took it a notch too far at this week s Grammy s

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