chaka khan apologized for him viral comments striking at Rolling Stone editors of his place on the publication’s list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time, explaining that he “took the bait” while guesting on Los Angeles Magazine’and podcasts The Originals last week.
“Recently, I was asked about a list of the ‘greatest singers of all time’ and instead of questioning the need for such a list, I fought with other artists and I got the bait,” Khan explained to a post on Instagram. “As artists, we are unfairly placed in ‘boxes,’ ‘categories’ or on ‘lists.’ Being an artist or a musician is not a competition. This is a gift, for which I am truly grateful. I do not intend to cause pain or upset anyone. To anyone who felt this way, I sincerely apologize.
The singer continued by teasing a foundation he started for the “purpose” of “empowering others.” Khan promised that he would share more information about this soon, ending the message by saying, “Empowering all artists is very important because we are truly architects of change.. . and change begins in the heart.”
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For the record, Khan has been selected for the 29th spot in the list. After admitting that he was unaware of the ranking, Khan expressed his curiosity about the other singers on the list and took the opportunity to negative comment about Joan Baez, Adele, and Mariah Carey. The subject of Mary J. Blige – with whom he has long had a contentious relationship – really alienated Khan.
“They’re blind as a motherfucking bat,” Khan said of Blige’s ranking at No. 25. “They need hearing aids … These must be Helen Keller’s children!” Yes.
Khan isn’t the only actor with a bone to pick Rolling Stone last week: The Weeknd called the magazine “irrelevant” after this published a report Details how his upcoming HBO series is going The Idol made “torture porn” on a “shitshow” set.