Watch: Doja Cat Discusses How Aaliyah, FKA Twigs, Beyoncé, & Lady Gaga Inspired Her Music Videos

Published: Friday 18th Jun 2021 by Rashad

By many standards considered a newcomer (relatively speaking), Doja Cat – in just a few short years – has already proven herself quite the force to be reckoned with on the visual front.

When not dropping jaws with her high octane, out-of-this-world stage performances, the ‘Planet Her’ star is cranking out eccentric, highly stylized music videos that rival some of today’s best offerings.

Her dedication to visual excellence is perceived as somewhat of an anomaly for her generation – a sentiment, as Cat recently revealed to our friends at MTV News, that isn’t far-fetched given the groundbreaking female artists she draws inspiration from.

Look inside to see how she praised Aaliyah, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and others for influencing her work.

While counting down her top 5 favorite music videos of all time, Doja – also hot on the promo trail in support of the June 25 release of her third album ‘Planet Her’ – talked at length about the female stars who have inspired her over the years.


“I feel like Gaga is extremely inspirational,” she said of the ‘Paparazzi’ singer. “If I take anything from what she’s given, she really likes to play with textures and shapes as far as fashion goes.”


“‘We Need a Resolution’ was one of the most beautiful videos; extremely iconic in the color choices and VFX,” she said of the late R&B star’s 2001 hit. “…everyone loves that video – it’s incredible.”


“That was one of the most beautifully executed videos of all time. Just completely unique and cinematic and, to a degree, it just feels like a film,” said a doting Doja of Twigs’ ‘Sad Day’ music video. “She’s just incredible.”


“Anybody could say I have clear inspiration from all five [on my list],” Doja said before ensuring viewers knew she wasn’t comparing herself to them. “My goal is to create those things I was inspired by and twist them into my own world.”


Click “PLAY” on the clip above to see what Cat had to say about Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, and more.


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  1. just saying June 18, 2021

    she’s a smart young lady. enjoyed watching her speak on her inspirations in such a thoughtful, intentional way.

  2. just saying June 18, 2021

    She’s a smart young lady. Enjoyed watching her think through and articulate, in such a thoughtful and intentional way, what artists/videos inspired her.

  3. Farrahs Luggage June 18, 2021

    The LIES!!! Didn’t she allegedly shade Beyoncé last year in those leaked messages? Stop trying to pander to the black community you RAT! You’ll NEVER get a Grammy, and you won’t get another #1 hit either. You’re a product of Dr. Luke just like Katy ⏳

    • akathexfactor June 19, 2021

      She just wants the features!

  4. True True June 19, 2021

    I see no Aaliyah in you’re routine. I do however see Las Vegas showH/O/E, a little Heaux, some racism to appease the Klan & low rate imitation of Nicki, Rihanna & Avril levigne but go awff boo.

    • True Tea June 19, 2021


  5. akathexfactor June 19, 2021

    Let’s talk about how you janked Nicki Minaj style! Smh

  6. Clarks0o0ñ June 19, 2021

    RCA records spending money on doja and it is paying of.

    Planet her is challenging for the number 1 spot against tyler the creator next week.

    Normani what’s good? 🤣🤣

    RCA records has shelved her.
    They have put her on the back burner
    Normani is not a priority at RCA records because there is no demand for her music. She’s a massive overhyped flop.

  7. Marlin Monroe perfectly splendid 💅🏻💅🏻💕 June 19, 2021

    Doja flop> Fat ratmila 11 flop songs and counting !! Abs in movie pushed back lmaoo
    That ugly fat flop is so over it’s but even funny anymore 😩🤣🤣🤳

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 19, 2021

      STFU fake Marilyn. You piece of 💩. You can’t be me coz I’m da one & only real DIVA👠 u stupid TGJ staffs.

  8. Black Marlin Monroe perfectly splendid 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💕 June 19, 2021

    Doja flop> Fat ratmila racist therapy 11 flop songs and counting !! Amazon movie pushed back lmaoo
    That ugly fat flop is so over it’s not even funny anymore 😩🤣🤣🤳

  9. Dunces June 19, 2021

    Notice how you don’t hear about flopmila anymore and no ones asking or even mentioning her disappearance. It’s because there’s just no demand for that thing lol. not even on Twitter ppl r checking fir her! lmaoooo when your an overweight flop with a crap voice who makes s h itty music you flop!

    • Clarks0o00ñ June 19, 2021

      Camila cabello has generated 700 million streams in 2021 so far… new music released this year

      Of course nobody is checking for Camila anymore

      Where is normani’s album? 4 years of going solo no album out, only 1 solo song that tanked after all the hype

      Everybody dropping albums and songs except f*******, why? Is she scared shes gonna flop. Lol

  10. Shayla queen June 19, 2021

    Ewwwwww! This girls a fraud plus she’s ugly like flopmila flopbello the ugly horse faced h0re!

  11. Clarks0o00ñ June 19, 2021

    Everybody is releasing albums except that ugly a** called normani.

    4 years of going solo no album out.

  12. Shayla Queen™ 👑 June 19, 2021

    Queen Doja! 👑

  13. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 19, 2021

    She’s gonna be a mega star💅🏿 Britney can just retired

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