Contributed by JMAX:
Christina Aguilera has repeatedly called herself an artist, and recently compared herself to the legendary painter, Van Gogh. The first (and most obvious) error in this comparison is the fact that Van Gogh was a painter, Christina is a singer. But the real question is: Is Christina Aguilera an “artist” at all?
Christina can sing, there’s no question about that. But how does that make her an artist? Does she write her own lyrics? No. Does she write her own melodies? No. Does she play a musical instrument? No. Has she ever done anything original? No. So what does Christina do? She sings. Does she do anything “artistic” other than singing? Not really. A lot of people sing. So, does that mean that every singer is an artist like Van Gogh?
Christina has also claimed that singers like Britney Spears (and many others) are not artists. (I hate to bring Britney into this, but if I didn’t, someone else undoubtedly would have.) I’m NOT going to say that Britney is an artist either. Has Britney done anything original? No. But she is far more involved in her music by co-writing many of her lyrics and melodies. Whether or not you think her music is any good is all a matter of opinion (just like some people dislike Van Gogh’s work) and therefore irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make. Besides, Britney is not the one trying to compare herself to an artistic genius like Van Gogh.
So, is Christina Aguilera an artist? What are your thoughts?
(While this article does mention Britney, I would like to see you address Christina’s claims of being an artist, rather than making this yet another pathetic Britney vs. Christina discussion. I don’t want reasons why you think Christina is better or worse than Britney. I want to know if you think Christina is an artist.)