There really can only be one "queen bee" in any hive. In the '70s it was Elton John. In the '80s it was Madonna, and the modern embodiment of dramatic theatre in pop music is indisputably Lady Gaga. The three stars are embroiled in a catty love/hate triangle. Like three generations of pageant winners each eager to critique the other, they periodically hurl barbs replete with backhanded compliments and base insults at their musical rivals.
"Rocket Man" Elton John clearly feels no compunction to censor his opinions. His long established feud with the "Material Girl" has a new chapter this week. He blasted Madge mercilessly on "Sunday Night," a Australian news magazine show, colorfully describing her look for her recent tour as resembling "a f***ing fairground stripper."
Why does Sir Elton have it out for the "Papa Don't Preach" chanteuse? Here are 5 possibilities.
No one likes a heel biter - as pop queen of the '80s, Madonna stole the crown from Sir Elton before he was ready to relinquish it. It's the same issue Madonna has with Lady Gaga. The reining queen always has disdain for the young pup nipping at her heels.
Lady Gaga is like a granddaughter to him - part of Sir Elton's problem with Madonna has to do with the way she's been gnashing her teeth at Gaga. The two are so close, Sir Elton has made Gaga part of his family by inviting her to be godmother to his 19-month-old son Zachary.
It's a little bit like the way a grandmother can dote on her grandchildren while Mom has to be the stern one. Sir Elton knows his career is winding down and has accepted his place as the dowager queen, encouraging the younger generation. Madonna still wants to rule.
It's not nice to beat your elders at their own games - in January Madonna committed the mortal sin of beating Sir Elton out for a Golden Globe. Both were nominated for Best Original Song: Madge for "Masterpiece" from the Movie "W.E.," and Sir Elton for "Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo & Juliet."
The '80s pop queen seemed apprehensive about her win right from the start. Backstage after the show she confided, "I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He's been known to get mad at me so I don't know. He's brilliant and I adore him so he'll win another award. I don't feel bad!"
Her concerns were well placed, as Sir Elton's husband, David Furnish, later blasted her on Facebook complaining, "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism." Reportedly the two kissed and made up a few days later.
Creative Differences - Sir Elton feels that Madge stepped out of her genre with "MDNA" which features a modern dance flavor. "If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like 'Ray of Light' and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly," he insists.
Pop with a strong dance beat - that's Lady Gaga's area, isn't it? Apparently Sir Elton thinks so.
Accept your place in the Circle of Life - Sir Elton has accepted his position as "revered elder" and "inspirational mentor" to the next generation, and he thinks Madonna should follow suit. "Why is she such a nightmare?," he complains, "Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster."
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