Music Stars Sound Off on Nudity in the Industry
By ROBERT PACE
September 22, 2013
As music was fêted over the weekend at the iHeartRadio Musical Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the performers shared their thoughts with ET about nudity recently displayed by artists and the borders of appropriateness.
With pop stars like Lady Gaga and most recently Miley Cyrus boldly displaying loads of skin on stage and in their music videos, a discussion has been spawned about the distinction between pushing the envelope and being inappropriate.
"I think if it feels right, you just do it," country singer Keith Urban said, then making reference to Miley Cyrus' risqué music video for her song "Wrecking Ball." "If you've got a chain to hang on to and a rather large ball to straddle, why not?"
Most of the artists echoed Urban's thoughts: Nudity is permissible under the proper conditions. Rapper J. Cole observed that there's an evident discrepancy between the intentions of the nudity.
"If it's done in an artistic way, it's fine, but you can tell when it's done for attention, when it doesn't add up," the "Work Out" rapper said.
No opinion on the matter was more candid than that of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of R&B group TLC, who challenged the notion that female artists should feel obligated to show more skin.
"...They're trying to make it seem like you have to do that, and honestly, there's so many women with talent and they don't have to be naked," Watkins said. "I think [with] two decades...in the business with our clothes on and becoming the biggest American selling group of all time, we have shown that you can sell albums and not sell sex and be successful.
"So, you don't have to do that. Now, if that's your choice, then go ahead...shake your tail feather, whatever, but you don't have to. I think some of these women should let their talent speak for itself 'cause they're some real talented ones that still get naked too much."
Watch the video above to see all the music stars', including Jason Derulo and Avril Lavigne, opinions on nudity in the music industry.