Kelly Rowland Gets Candid About Beyonce Comparisons: “It Was On My Shoulder For A Decade”

Published: Tuesday 14th Jul 2020 by Sam

Kelly Rowland is a solo chart-topper and GRAMMY winner. Yet, her start Destiny’s Child has seen the singer constantly compared and pit against bandmate Beyonce.

And now the ‘Motivation’ singer is opening up about what she says was an “elephant in the room” for a long time.

Full story below…

Rowland is currently back as a judge on The Voice Australia and got all sorts of candid when advising contestant Chris Sebastian. 

The hopeful unpacked how the constant comparisons to brother (and show judge) Guy Sebastian had affected him.

At which point, Rowland replied super openly with:

“I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyonce?

I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B. Or I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B. They’re gonna compare anyways. ‘I would be lying if I said no, it’s never bothered me. That’s bull.

There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade, where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”

Watch the moment here:

Kudos to Kelly, whose transparency on the topic is refreshing.

She’s carved out a great career of her own and continues to make strides. So, it’s great to see her take ownership of the narrative and make clear that she has her own path.

Watch ‘Coffee,’ her latest video, below…

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  1. Ms Ling Ling July 14, 2020

    Gurl bye. She’s lazy af and don’t know how to marketing herself….she has poor taste in music as well. stop using Queen B to get attention.

    • Smh July 14, 2020

      How is she using “Queen B” for promo by telling her very real perspective to her constant on a judging show where she has been a coach on for over 3 years now? I’m sure she doesn’t need promotion her being a coach on The Voice is promotion enough. If you had nothing logical to say you could have kept it moving

      • Ms Ling Ling July 14, 2020

        The voice making musicians lazy! Look at xtina, Gwen Stefani…. they all stuck in the show for long and didn’t released new music or album. Can she talk about her own life, new music, new love maybe? Instead of keep b:I:t:c:Hing about living in Queen B’s shadow.

      • Lyka July 14, 2020

        What you said its dumb i like Kelly but when it comes to promote her singles, albums etc she is not good at all always problems.

    • Smh July 14, 2020

      This here ladies and gentlemen is a class A dumb ass! Can she talk about her own life and music you asked? When her contestant asked her about her experience!! Because they revealed how they were going through the same!!

      Rowland is currently back as a judge on The Voice Australia and got all sorts of candid when advising contestant Chris Sebastian.

      “The hopeful unpacked how the constant comparisons to brother (and show judge) Guy Sebastian had affected him.”

      At which point, Rowland replied super openly with..

      Learn to read fool

    • MsMay July 14, 2020

      Dumb Ling Ling. You cease to understand

      • marilyn monh-O-E July 14, 2020

        I ain’t talking to u. Ms. May Ling. Sorry I ate yo egg rolls.

  2. Kira July 14, 2020

    Kelly to me has always stood out as a individual. But I have read comments where people would say she’s trying to be like Beyonce and I would wonder how? She’s more reserved and laid back then Beyonce.
    Beyonce to me always has been more fast paced and upbeat so I never understood the comparison’s. I personally believe they just give Kelly a unfairly hard time when she’s actually a really great artist in her own right.

    • Hmmm… July 14, 2020

      I agree and disagree. I don’t think she was ever trying to be like Bey. She just naturally was (not in every way, you’re right, they’re individuals and have differences). But their singing and talking voices are actually very similar, sometimes they sound exactly alike. But it’s not a bad thing. They’re practically sisters. Why people ever accused her of copying Beyoncé or wanting to be Beyoncé is just crazy. So I do see the comparisons, they are similar, but people held that against Kelly as if it was a bad thing, or as if she was unoriginal, when she was just as entitled to that style as Beyoncé was.

      • Kira July 14, 2020

        You know what you point is very accurate

        I agree

      • Bam July 14, 2020

        And even that Kelly has done A LOT of things first that Beyoncé has followed. First single a rap/sung collab, Kelly collaborates with Rich Harrison with Cant Nobody and that song in many ways is the precursor to Crazy In Love “oh no no no” to “uh oh uh oh uh oh no no no”. Kelly branch’s our get explicit and erotic with Motivation and the album Talk a good game 2 yrs later Beyoncé follows with explicit, erotic songs/album.

        Matter of fact Talk a Good Game was way ahead of its time as now all the girls in R&b are doing that super slow s***. What they are missing is the uniqueness in production and vocals that Kelly and Brandy (two eleven) brought.

      • Trose July 14, 2020

        Bam Talk yo shiiiiii!!!!! Not one lie detected she def was a trail blazer the reason why jelly isn’t where Beyonce is is because the sabotaged her. Kelly had the biggest song of 2002 in hip hop and pop with dilemma and they chose to complexity alienate that fan base and release an ALTERNATIVE ALBUM?! HAd she went the Ashanti route and took that momentum and released a bomb RNB cd she would’ve been that girl! But her team took that momentum and BLEW IT. She tried to go back to rnb but had she done it right with the momentum she had with dilemma and stuck with that fan base she would’ve been ASHANTI before Ashanti smh.

      • Moti25 July 14, 2020

        Actually they differ greatly, because Kelly can actually talk in complete sentences and articulate herself very well. Bey struggles with this, which is why anytime she’s not singing, dancing on a stage she is reading from a script. Kelly may not be as popular as bey, but thank God she is doing well personally. I love that.

  3. eric July 14, 2020

    Same thing they’re doing to Normani.

    • Clarks0o0ñ July 14, 2020

      Kelly has talent and vocals, normani doesnt

      Dont get it twisted, kelly has a number 1 hit and has won a Grammy award outside destiny’s child.

      Dilemma with nelly was a number one song and won a Grammy

      Normani can never achieve such with her non singing , no talent having àss.

      Besides normani is the one that likes talking and shading Camila in magazine. I dont blame her, that’s the only way the rat can make headlines,

      The only time people are interested in normani is when shes talking about Camila cabello.

  4. Pat July 14, 2020

    She had her identity first tho. I’ll never get why She confused her fan base after having one of the biggest pop URBAN songs and hooks of the year w dilemma and then dropping stole n nobody As solo singles . Cute ditties but her audience didn’t follow

    • Mike July 14, 2020

      That was the problemmmm👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

      • MessyBoots July 14, 2020

        Matthew told her to do that.

        Remember, Kelly lived w/ the Knowles since around 9-10 years old.

        Practically almost her entire life. She considered him to be a father figure.

        We all now realize what Matthew true intentions were– removing ALL threats to his vision for bio child prodigy Bey.

        That includes DC’s original founding manager Andretta Tillman, Girls Time members, Letoya, Letoya, and Farrah plus countless others I’m sure.

        I love Queen Bey but you gotta keep it REAL in life.

        Her father is an A H O L E!

      • Fancy BISH July 14, 2020

        No dear her Father was smart, he knew how to make money.

    • biancacook July 14, 2020

      thats because survivor the album was beyonce’s test run at her sound and its was well received and it was time to go solo. beyonce was successful because destiny’s child was beyonce’s artist development, when they went solo neither kelly or michelle had any artistry, no development nobody taught them anything or took them under their wings. they were just thrown out there cuz beyonce was always the plan. look at their roll outs, collabs, producers and endorsements their first solo era. there was no effort in kelly’s career thats why she just found her sound in the recent years. thats why i will always say letoya and latavia may have missed out on the peak of the group but they def did themselves a favor, especially letoya.

    • Skyler July 14, 2020

      Kelly didnt confuse her audience Mathew Knowles and Columbia told her to go that route
      Look into it he even said so M innhis book
      That Kelly was given that sound Because they wanted her to be a international artist
      That why they had Solange write her first album

      • Pat July 14, 2020

        I’m already aware of that. Any other label would’ve scrapped to make a new first single more in line w dilemma. However Kelly’s best interest was not what was most important to the label especially w Matthew. He was more concerned w making Beyonce the solo star and getting solange out as a writer. Either way her audience ended up confused. She probably should’ve fought harder

    • Bam July 14, 2020

      Can’t nobody is a banger it should’ve been the second single not the third and needed better choreography. It sounds like the precursor to Crazy in Love it just wasn’t as bombastic but the even share the same lil “oh no no no” phrasing.

      Stole is something u release as a last single TBH. Can’t nobody was the type of sound her base would’ve been expecting after DC3

  5. Normani Love Lies July 14, 2020

    ………,,,,,,Beyonce and Kelly
    Just like Camila and Normani comparison
    Darker skin chicks always win
    #teamdarksin

    • Shaniqua July 14, 2020

      Lol you are delusional. It has nothing to do with skin color

  6. G-bby July 14, 2020

    Being in Beyonce’s shadow has made Kelly sooooooooo insecure. Even today. She never reached her full potential because of this. It’s not Beyonce’s fault, but it sucks nonetheless. I remember the days when Kelly would give entire interviews about Beyonce while “promoting” her own music/ventures. A total slap in the face.

    The only member who successfully made a name for HERSELF without having Beyonce attached is LeToya Luckett. It’s gotten to the point where I sometimes forget she was ever in Destinys Child.

    • Lyka July 14, 2020

      I don’t agree with that Letoya had just one successful album she seems like the girl which was kicked out of the Group. After Music didn’t work for her she started to become a reality star but for me she not really relevant.

      Kelly on the other side has a lot of hits. In Us and outside the girl has a huge fan base but it’s not able to leave the Beyoncé story behind her to become a consistent Artist. I can’t hear nor more this story. She always talks about Beyoncé always OMG how can a person be like that …. I know in this clip she shares her experience, but she mentions Beyoncé always that’s super strength even when interviewer didn’t ask about Beyoncé she brings her up what’s wrong with her…..!!!

      • Luther July 14, 2020

        Kelly does not have a huge fan base hence her abysmal album sales. She has one certified album from 20 years ago. Letoya isn’t a huge star but I agree with the OP. She’s always booked and works on her own terms without being mentioned as “ex DC member”. I think that’s what OP was trying to say….

    • Mary July 14, 2020

      Are you kidding me she has a huge fanbase but she can not haddle it . Do you know how huge the EDM communety in europe is??? They liked her Music till this days, she get Plaques from diffrent countrys people here in Euope loveeeee her !!!

      She has a huge international fanbase

  7. Shalamar S Conaway July 14, 2020

    Well to me they have they own style I love them both in both of them makes great music a person should never feel like they got to be comparative with no other woman in no other man I feel Kelly she should never have to feel no type of way when it comes to her sister her bestfriend smh it’s ashamed how this music industry is why compare them to each other like really why that’s the question they both are very talented I’m done I just don’t like stuff like this in love both of there music in I would never see them as the same i would never compare them as the same I see different.

  8. Shalamar S Conaway July 14, 2020

    in a another thing Kelly can say how she feels she’s a grown as women it is wat it is both woman can say how they feel about wat ever this is the problem to me some people need to mind they own dam business ijs not trying to be mean or disrespectful to Know one all she did was is kept it real in told how she felt about everything for a long time big deal now she can let it go in still live her life simple.

    • xjs July 14, 2020

      Thats the Problem B will never ever speak about it in the public dont know why she talk always about Beyonce i cant hear it anymore it enough!!!!

  9. Trose July 14, 2020

    Bam Talk yo shiiiiii!!!!! Not one lie detected she def was a trail blazer the reason why jelly isn’t where Beyonce is is because the sabotaged her. Kelly had the biggest song of 2002 in hip hop and pop with dilemma and they chose to complexity alienate that fan base and release an ALTERNATIVE ALBUM?! HAd she went the Ashanti route and took that momentum and released a bomb RNB cd she would’ve been that girl! But her team took that momentum and BLEW IT. She tried to go back to rnb but had she done it right with the momentum she had with dilemma and stuck with that fan base she would’ve been ASHANTI before Ashanti smh.

    • Bam July 14, 2020

      Lol Ashanti would’ve still been Ashanti cause her album was out at the beginning of 02 and delimma didn’t hit til the summer with the album in fall. But yeah Kelly should’ve never been forced to go the alternative route and even still better singles could’ve been chosen from what was on the album. There’s some other things I missed that Kelly has done first but the ones I listed are strong enough to stand on their own.

  10. Trose July 14, 2020

    she def was a trail blazer the reason why jelly isn’t where Beyonce is is because the sabotaged her. Kelly had the biggest song of 2002 in hip hop and pop with dilemma and they chose to complexity alienate that fan base and release an ALTERNATIVE ALBUM?! HAd she went the Ashanti route and took that momentum and released a bomb RNB cd she would’ve been that girl! But her team took that momentum and BLEW IT. She tried to go back to rnb but had she done it right with the momentum she had with dilemma and stuck with that fan base she would’ve been ASHANTI before Ashanti

  11. tyty July 14, 2020

    I love how TGI is allowing a certain comment or aka ms ling ling to leave racist comments on the voila davis post without any repercussions. This is one raggedy ass site. Is this site even black owned?

    • marilyn monh-O-E July 14, 2020

      Go somewhere else then. No one asked u to stay. Rat! Along with yo other troll accounts. FOH!

      • tyty July 14, 2020

        Clarkson you’re the only one who treats this as your life hence why you been hiding under multiple accounts after tgi threatened to ban your ass. And then you continue to fail under these accounts because everyone knows it’s you, funny how you were quick to reply to this comment another one of clarkscum traits being perched in tgi ready to comment and reply at the speed of light cause you ain’t got a life and spend all day refreshing tgi. We can add ms ling ling to your multiple accounts on here.

  12. marilyn monh-O-E July 14, 2020

    Kelly Flopland!!!! Coffee is deff a trash song!! She never found her own sounds and it’s sad

    • PinotNoir July 15, 2020

      Her pop songs are bops.

  13. PinotNoir July 15, 2020

    Gurl, stop! You have the most listenable voice of Destiny’s Child. Your sistah kept you under her shade to gnaw at your shaky confidence. AND get you to spill about your creative directions, so she can copy you. I wonder how DC would have sounded if, say, Tamar completed the trio instead of raspy banshee Michelle. 🤔

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