Keri Hilson Gets Candid About Beyonce Drama & Hiatus

Published: Thursday 27th Aug 2020 by Sam

Keri Hilson is opening up about the drama that ran the risk of derailing her career.

As widely reported, the singer appeared to take jabs at Beyonce on the remix of ‘Turnin Me On’ and later went viral for refusing to hold a magazine with the star’s image on it.

The backlash has seen Hilson targeted in earnest by fans of Queen Bey, who remain unrelenting in their critique of her over a decade later.

Now, in a new interview with Fox Soul, the ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ performer addresses the matter head on.

Full story below…

Speaking with host Claudia Jordan, Hilson makes clear that she was young, impressionable, and at the mercy of forces higher than her who encouraged her to make wrong choices. Namely her dig at Mrs Carter.

Naming Beyonce by name, she didn’t skirt around the issue. Instead, she also took accountability – adding that she understood why fans were angered.

Confirming that she’s now free from said entities, she expressed the hope that audiences would get to know her own her own terms.

Watch the insightful interview below…

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  1. Shayla Queen 👑 August 27, 2020

    Not everyone has to bow down to Beyoncé. No one has to bow for anybody. I’ve always thought the way Keri was treated was disgusting. She is so underrated.

    • Dee August 27, 2020

      It’s bigger than Beyoncé. Why would you allow yourself to be used to tear another artist down. You should have said no . Beyoncé just has a bigger fan base . Beyoncé never even spoke on this publicly because she has class . Ciara was also dissed what about her🤷🏾‍♀️

      • Your Name August 27, 2020

        I’m not condoning what Keri did, but why doesn’t anyone have this energy for male rappers and singers? They come for each other all the time…

      • Okay? August 27, 2020

        ❤Both of these ladies! It’s okay, just give us some music!💆🏽‍♀️😍😘

    • I can’t August 27, 2020

      You can’t provoke people and then cry when they come after you. 🙄 That being said, I don’t think it was all her fault. It was a terrible move by her label to try and continue putting women against each other and it backfired, for her at least. On the other hand, She should’ve said no (it’s not like she wouldn’t have other opportunities, she was a very successful song writer). You can’t go around stepping on peoples toes for literally NO reason other than to get attention.

      • Sandra August 28, 2020

        But the persons she apparently provoked didn’t come after her.

    • jl dotson August 27, 2020

      I knew it and felt it and could see it. Releasing all that negative energy hurt and pain all these years has to be freeing and liberating
      Carrying something that she shouldn’t have had to is so messed up. It’s sad.I’m happy to see and hear that her vision is 2020 and much clearer and now she can be free to be herself and do her thing without being up under pressure … other ppl’s rule of thumb fulfilling somebody else’s dreams besides her own and making herself and the people that’s for her and stand with her 💯% It’s good to see and hear that she can let go of what was holding her hostage and live her dreams creatively happily and freely!!

    • Tanya May 31, 2022

      So you condone coming for another person when they haven’t done anything to you. No wonder the world sucks like it does now. It’s too many unkind people in it.

  2. #6kyonce August 27, 2020

    Lmaooo the roach is a bigger flop than keri ever was these days, she shouldn’t apologize for speaking facts to the roaches lmaooo

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED August 27, 2020

      Age nor being a “flop” is not going to stop beyonces CAREER, she has the healthiest CAREER out of all her peers including Adele/Taylor whom will soon be limited by the rules of Pop

      Whether u want to admit it or not, Beyonce is responsible for the success and failure of a LOT of careers. Keri is just ONE, Rihanna is ANOTHER. how can a Flop do this?

      • #6KYONCE August 27, 2020

        lmaooooo sit down fatso, adele and taylor have outsold and outimpacted roach’s entire EXISTENCE, rihanna has earned more cash and earned a BIGGER icon & fashion status than that tacky dressing flopped roach lmaooooo. only career failure shes responsible for is her OWN, bishhh cant even sell 7k albums anymore lmaooooo, only career she can try to manage is that daughter of hers that her husband named after his ex lmfaoooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. #WAP August 27, 2020

    Girl retire and move to Wisconsin along with Katy Perry.

    • Fancy BISH August 27, 2020

      Why don’t you retire from this blog?

  4. Haterz Gon’ Hate August 27, 2020

    READING comprehension is FUNDAMENTAL. Keri CLEARLY states that her label “encouraged”
    (read: “Told”) her to start a beef by adding the lyrics. It was not something that SHE brought to the label. So these loose bottoms talking bout she shouldn’t bow down or apologise need to skeet back to 5th grade and pay attention 🥱🥱🥱

    • #6kyonce August 27, 2020

      Lmaooo blah blah blah, they shouldn’t have to bow down to that flopped roach period, sit your stupid loose bottom c*** riding ass down bug lmaooo 😂😂😂🤡🤡🤡

      • Diabetes UNBOTHERED August 27, 2020

        Flop or not, since the death of MJ,
        Beyonce Reigns as the biggest name in music. If not Bey then WHO?

      • Lmfao_Hoe August 27, 2020

        At @Diabetes UNBOTHERED Both Adele and especially Taylor F****** Swift says hello. Bey is an icon no doubt but she isn’t MUSIC REGION QUEEN…The Gift is clearly evident of this as was Everything too. Nevertheless Quality over qusnity and music that’ll be timeless. Whether her album or not she’s apart of it and adds to her catalog regardless but she’s not including other two ladies are up there in MJ heights not even close that of Prime Madonna, Mariah, Janet, Whitney, Celine or Barbara Streisand levels. However, Adele and Taylor have proven to be forces with no numbers out beating Beys be default.

      • #6kYONCE August 27, 2020

        lmaoooooo bisshhh, since the death of mj roach hasnt even sold 5 million albums total, and that was over 10 years ago lmfaoooooo, she aint been the biggest name in shyt since Taylor’s been ruling, even gaga has gone platinum in sales since then lmfaoooooo #youtriedit

  5. Fancy BISH August 27, 2020

    What in the HELL is wrong with people spilling their tea so FREEly? 😂 Chile, whatever happened to exclusive interviews with the likes of Barbara Walters and OPRAH…at least Gayle King lol…people will drop jewels to anybody these days! If I’m spilling hot tea all over the floor, it’s gonna be to Auntie O in a sophisticated and formal setting 🤣 Not eating chips while dropping pure Earl Grey on social media like so many end up doing or to Claudia 😂 💯

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED August 27, 2020

      Lol like those ppl would ever invite SKERI to their show. Keri didn’t even need bey to ruin her career it was destined for the garbage since it’s Conception

    • A&R August 27, 2020

      I’m f****** crying lol this is funny but real. I guess Keri thought doing that could risk her looking like an opportunist even more. And to be honest, that’s the last thing she needs. Yeah, this was low budget but super raw and honest. It would have looked to grand otherwise. They would have hit her with clout chasing ASAP!

  6. Dee August 27, 2020

    Excusa will get you no where. Say I was peer pressured into doing this and I did it . I was wrong and if I could speak to Ciara and Beyoncé I’d apologize. The end but you are still seeking sympathy

  7. Your Name August 27, 2020

    Beyonce literally talks s*** all the time. She told b****** to bow down. I let Keri talk her s***. I wasn’t offended. I remember y’all tried to drag Keyshia for responding to Bow Down and it didn’t work 😂

    • Danny Bey August 27, 2020

      Beyoncé made Bow Down in response to this very sh*t that Keri tried to pull. She made in response to everyone who was crying for a response from her in reply to all the hater sh*t people were saying about her years prior. So you’re mad Beyoncé Indirectly responded the way she Did but not at the b*tches who thought it was cute to come for her in the first place? Idiot a$$. You’re a whole dummy to believe that logic. And Keyshia got dragged for filth and hasn’t sold a record since. So wtf are you even talking about?

  8. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭 August 27, 2020

    Why she still talking about the Beyoncé mess? It’s been more than 10 years already. Just move on gurl, working with Timbaland again. Keep yo pretty black a-s-s together and pop Album #3 out.

  9. A&R August 27, 2020

    This interview just mad me feel sorry in a few ways…

    The girl Keir was legit a factor and had the juice to be a top tier performer. If she would’ve kept going she could easily been top three or two.. She literally finished Ciara odd. The only one before Beyonce was Rhi.. and Rihana would’ve had to fight because Keri can sing, danced hard, and writes good ass music. But it’s crazy how different ppl are. The way mental health is set up… it makes me marvel at Beyonce even more. Many celebs have these major life shifting conflicts with the industry and the only one I’ve seen made it out, appearance and functionality wise, as healthy, while still achieving, is Beyonce. It legit seems supernatural and ordained by a higher power. The Destiny’s Child split could’ve ended her. The world hated Beyonce. The drama about her dad smashing one of her dancers could’ve have spiraled. The split from her dad as her manager and the new baby sister that seem to have disappeared. The loss of the R&B fan base after Sasha Fierce..Smh.. The fight in the elevator.. smh saying all this to say.. my heart goes out to Keri. She’s legit is the full package and I hope with the industry allowing mature artist to reach high success.. allows her the chance to work back to at least high B if not low A status. She has the talent to do it… I just took her so long to get over it. Dang Keri. Damn it (slams hand on table)

    • Shayla Queen 👑 August 27, 2020

      Because Beyoncé seems to have no soul.

    • Paulo August 27, 2020

      She finished Ciara where? Not on the charts and not on the biz.

    • Danny Bey August 27, 2020

      Because Beyoncé focuses on the talent and art and not the drama. Silly f*** like y’all are what perpetuate petty drama but Beyoncé is one of the only artists who don’t feed into it and THATS why shes who she is. It’s not rocket science. I swear y’all act so dense and clueless When it comes to this woman. Like it’s so hard Or impossible for a black woman to be beautiful, talented, intelligent and powerful all in the same breath. Y’all really do hate strong black Women in 2020 and it’s disgusting.

      • Shayla Queen 👑 August 27, 2020

        What’s her being black got to do with it?

      • Danny Bey August 27, 2020

        Because all the hate and doubt she receives makes no damn sense. She’s unproblematic, she keeps to herself, all she does is work and try to use her platform and star power to uplift and encourage people through music. But yet that’s not enough for people and people still grasp at straws to pull her down. Her being a black woman has everything to do with it because even the most problematic white artists don’t catch as much flack as her, AND FOR WHAT?

      • A&R August 27, 2020

        Nah, I agree with all you said.

      • Danny Bey August 28, 2020

        @A&R yea i was mostly speaking to these haters lol. I agree w your comment as well

  10. Diabetes UNBOTHERED August 27, 2020

    Lol can’t believe it took 11 years to admit these lyrics were about Bey

    “,Your vision cloudy if you think that you’re the best
    You can dance you can sing but you need to move it to the left… (don’t do it em)

    She need to go have some babies
    She needs to sit down, she fading &
    Them other chicks ain’t even worth my time to talk about”

    She knew these lyrics were about Bey and knew the public would catch it
    What she didn’t know is that the public would also see pass the failed attempt to become the new it girl or next Rihanna/ciara with Less talent/taste

  11. tyty August 27, 2020

    She legit didn’t like Beyonce all these excuses blaming this person and that person. Keri had zero humility when she debuted. Beyonce was the biggest star at the time why would any record label think some unknown chick without an established fan base or singing career would suddenly be able to topple Beyonce? Stan bases were just making their mark on the internet and believe were the biggest at that point. Keri, why were you telling a woman at the peak of her career to sit down and have babies when you’re about the same age? Keri, you could neither outsing nor outdance beyonce and you certainly didn’t have an edge like Rihanna. It was career suicide but she was to arrogant and paid the price. Beyonce has the last laugh rich, successful and them kids you so desperately wanted her to have and you’re well…..

    • Tyty August 27, 2020


    • POPS+Muva August 27, 2020

      I feel like she wasn’t even on Ciara’s level either because Cici was bringing in the bops. Technically she was having a little semi success and it all went downhill from there on after the diss

  12. Paulo August 27, 2020

    Desperate clout chasing. If she was truly sorry she would apologize to Ciara publicly too – where would she be now if it wasn’t for her royalties checks from Goodies and Blackout?

    • Tasha Mack August 27, 2020

      Ciara? They were seen together after that song was released. It was never confirmed that she was even talking about Ciara. The Beyonce diss was obvious.

  13. POPS+Muva August 27, 2020

    Is she forgetting this was also about Ciara? she sneak diss both of them but it was majorly towards B

  14. 4U2SEE August 27, 2020

    See, I kept telling ya’ll followers beyonce was the world order for this DIVDE and CONQUER but ya’ll called it hating, when the truth is spoken. Now Beyonce’s on this pro-black agenda so she wouldn’t been called out into question of her past. I remember when Beyonce first noticed that she was getting called out saying people is corny for it. Now she wants to come together todayas it got real with brown skin girl, black parade, black king for relevancy, cause a narc can not be “IGNORED DAN!” IT’S LIKE A FATAL ATTRACTION IN HAVING GRANDEUR. BAWHAHAHAHA

  15. Late August 27, 2020

    I’m conflicted…on one hand, I have to give Keri her props because she was really onto something for a little while with her career. Her pen game is strong, and I will forever associate her with being part of the Pop perfection that was the “Blackout” album by Britney.
    On the other hand, I feel like she didn’t take full responsibility for her actions at that time, and it made her come across a certain way. While I understand the fact that she was a newer artist at the time played a factor into some of the decisions she made, at the end of the day, she is the “face” of her brand and her career. If people behind the scenes were forcing her to start some mess, that’s not ok, but she should have owned it and come out with that information a long time ago. Whatever legacy she was attempting to create will now be forever tied to drama, which is unfortunate. I re-listened to her 2nd album a few months ago, and instantly remembered why I was a fan back in the day. But then I also remembered that interview she did where she was asked to hold a magazine with Bey and Jay on the cover and she said “I can’t do that” when other artists did so without feeling a way. I think at that time she might have been feeling herself a lot, and it showed through her actions.
    It’s interesting because what happened to her was one of the earliest forms of “cancel culture” our generation has seen.

  16. HOWYOULIKEIT August 27, 2020

    Yeah but what about the magazine? Did the record label tell her to refuse to hold the magazine?

  17. Tasha Mack August 27, 2020

    Keri destroyed her career with that s***. I hope Polow The Don was blacklisted too because he put her up to it. You can’t come out of the gate talking s*** especially about an artist like Beyonce who’s VERY protected. However, this was well over 10 years ago. Most people have moved on.

  18. High Price August 27, 2020

    It’s been over for Keri… She had a better chance of rebounding back in 2015… it’s too late now.. Yes, she could make music now but it’s a different generation now. Her music would just be for some good ear candy and that’s it. Yeah, Ciara might not be able to churn out another #1 hit but the girl can move numbers still when it comes to selling singles EVERY Era, and that’s a fact. Beyoncé and Rihanna are the gate keepers and are solidified as the GOATS of today. And again, Ciara is still prestigious in her own right. Keri would have to compete with the new girls on the block and that won’t be easy because let’s be honest, it doesn’t even take REAL TALENT to sell records anymore hence the hiatus of Sasha Fierce…

    • J August 27, 2020

      I would agree with you but she decimated the sophmore slump back in the day. What really stopped her career was, well, her. She will always be her own worst critic and a perfectionist…and that’s why I think if she came out with the right roll out and same team as before and features, she’ll be fine. But we’ll see if she ever does it.

  19. J August 27, 2020

    Why does Beyonce get blamed for divide and conquer when this nation foundations is built on division and been immorally Conquering.. why and when did pro black become anti-white to be divide & conquer so all black activist and musicians that are pro black are apart of the agenda to divide & conquer rather than the fight of racial inequality!?

  20. Kima,Keisha&Pam August 27, 2020

    Keri give us this damn album !!!

    • J August 27, 2020

      Like what in the entire f u c k. she just hates her fanbase lol

  21. Fleur August 27, 2020

    Keri road the “Beyonce must have done something to her behind the scene” train for many years. Since that didn’t not work, in addition to her attack, now we have her name dropping Beyonce.

  22. Gworl Bye August 27, 2020

    There really wasn’t any reason for her to even bring this up. Beyonce is just as washed up and over as she is now, so literally nobody cares anymore except for the over 30 uneducated bottoms that still worship beyonce while the rest of the world has moved on.

    • POPS+Muva August 27, 2020

      LMAOOOOO omg kskskssk not @ 30 + uneducated bottoms sksksksk

  23. NoLie August 27, 2020

    This is so sad! Beyoncé & her fans are such bullies & it’s time some one stands up to them & calls them out for what they really are.. like at this point their like a cult group & just bullies it’s ridiculous & Beyoncé is just as much responsible for remaining silent on the behavior of her fans she should openly denounce bullying on all levels even when it’s done on her ‘behalf’ by her stans!

    • J August 27, 2020

      I’m saying tho

  24. ERIC August 27, 2020

    Move on and do something to honor the patience your fans have shown. We don’t care about that Beyonce stuff. Just bring the new music and don’t tease us again like you did with “Nominate”.

  25. J August 27, 2020

    Hi Keri! Please allow me to be your A&R for your final comeback attempt!

    1) Hunt down Timbaland and do whatever you need to do to get back with him. I don’t know what the f*** happened, but ya’ll need to get over it and go get the damn bag! Get you some more credits on the new JT record! Be in the room when Max Martin is there! What the hell are you waiting on?!
    2) Write as many songs as you can for the new generation of singers in EVERY GENRE. Try to sell them.
    3) When all else fails, pull a Sia and take all of those DEMOS and create an album. We all loved how you mimicked Rihanna in “Turnin’ Me On,” so it won’t be hard to recreate that ‘magic!’
    4) Go the Chris Brown route and release about 3 singles before your album drops. By the third one, you should be popping enough to release. Have features. You should do at LEAST 35K in the first week. And that all you need these days.
    5) Videos and radio are STILL your biggest draw. Good luck!

    • Big sexxi August 28, 2020

      Your delusional. Keri is pushing 40 years old. Her window of opportunity is passed. Only the urban AC stations will play her.. oh and btw Timbaland wouldn’t be caught dead with her. She’s still blacklisted in the industry !!!

      • J August 29, 2020

        C L E A R L Y! Big Sexxi, might be time to get off the net and on to a treadmill! Ageism is a problem, but being morbidly obese isn’t? Ok lol

  26. Reading September 2, 2020


    Please, just release some new music. Your s*** was hot and consistent. No need to worry about Beyonce. Her s*** is very meh. And it’s been that way for quite some time. Beyonce is a phenomenal dance and music entertainer, but the buck stops there.

    You make great music and you’re talented AF. Your pen game, and your ear for music is top notch. Get in the studio and do your thug-dizzle!

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