A little friendly rivalry between musicians can be a good thing. The competition can propel some of their greatest work and the drama has been known to entertain the masses. Sometimes, we can only imagine certain superstars making amends and other times they throw their beef aside for collaborations we love.
In November, two huge icons of the Latin music world will come together on the Frank Erwin Center stage for the highly anticipated VERSUS tour. The rivalry between Gloria Trevi, hailed as the ‘Supreme Diva Of Mexican Pop,’ and Alejandra Guzmán, referred to as the ‘The Queen of Rock,’ has blazed since the late 80’s. They claim it has been largely exaggerated by the news media. Either way, this is their first time on stage together. The two kick off their co-headlining tour in Los Angeles and come to Austin June 30. Surprise, they just released a song together. Download: “Cuando Un Hombre Te Enamora.“
This got us thinking about some stars we doubt will ever make amends. Collaboration between some of these artists would be a sight to see. Which would you go nuts for?
The clash started at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, when West took the stage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. We thought the tension had subsided when Swift presented West with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 Video Music Awards, but in February 2016 West released “Famous,” a track with some pointed lyrics clearly directed at Swift. Later that month, Swift shaded West during her GRAMMYS speech. Will it ever end?
In 2012, Carey and Minaj joined the panel of American Idol. It didn’t take long for the two to butt heads. Just a few weeks in, video of the two arguing during an audition round in Charlotte, North Carolina was released. The drama continued throughout the season. Interestingly, Carey and Minaj had collaborated on a 2009 track called “Up Out My Face.”
These two didn’t follow the “don’t fight over a girl” rule. Their beef started in 2002 over none other than Rihanna. The tension between then love interest Drake and ex Chris Brown culminated in a bottle-throwing incident in a New York nightclub. They have since claimed to have moved past their issues, even posting an Instagram photo working together in the studio.
Blur and Oasis have had a long-held rivalry that started with a few negative comments here and there between band members and blossomed into a full on chart war, referred to as “The Battle of Britpop.” It started with the simultaneous release of Blur’s “Country House” and Oasis’ “Roll With It” and carried on for 20 years.
A joint tour between these two groups led to a bizarre feud beginning in 2009. It started with Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne going off on a lengthy and harsh rant about Arcade Fire and their on-tour behavior in a Rolling Stone interview. The Rolling Stone interview was followed by Arcade Fire issuing an official response to the comments, after which Coyne issued an apology for his comments. Many fans still believe there’s beef between the two groups.
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