Somewhere a crack pipe fell over when Whitney Houston’s name was mentioned on the Grammys. Amid very convincing comparisons of Lady Gaga’s new single, “Born This Way,” to Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” the pop singer announced that she wrote the song with, wait for it, Whitney Houston in mind? Um, okay.
The Gaga had several choices in that moment when it came to the Madonna copycat controversy. First, she could have just delivered her acceptance speech and ignored the comparisons altogether. Second, she could have taken the opportunity to give Madonna some credit for making that beat so darn danceable more than two decades after it was released. And third, she could, well, give someone else credit in a move to make herself that much more of an enigma…
Don’t get us wrong. In her time, Houston could definitely sing and in her first several years she made some huge pop hits, but we don’t hear her in “Born This Way” at all. We do hear Madonna, though – loud and clear.
Do you believe Lady Gaga wrote “Born This Way” with Whitney Houston in mind?