Britney Spears vs. Lady Gaga 2011?

MTV is trying to whip up a stan war!

Although Britney is most certainly my queen — and while I obviously would like to see Lady Gaga cut down to size — I think that this particular fan-made war is a bit misplaced.

Now, now, don’t get too excited: it’s not because I’m in favor of peace between stans. Quite the opposite: my reasoning is simply that Lady Gaga has no more business being Britney Spears’ challenger than Britney has being Madonna’s.

Britney Spears is about to enter her fourteenth calendar year of being known in the music industry. She is, as the article above notes, an established veteran — the definitive female pop icon of the last generation. Gaga is the current leader of a new crop of pop divas that include Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and Rihanna. Britney, like Madonna, continues to remain relevant because of her icon status — but she no longer has anything to prove. Think of Madonna, cranking out sold-out tours, chart-topping albums, and hit singles (“Hung Up,” “4 Minutes”) thirty years after her debut. That’s the road Britney is headed down. There’s no need for her — or her fans — to get boggwed down in mindless competition with neophytes.

I’m in favor of stan wars, though, for the unfortunate fact is that Gaga’s fans, as arrogant as their leader, seem not to recognize what Britney has accomplished. Before Gaga turned into a raging egomaniac, she wrote quality songs for Britney and had nothing but positive things to say about her. Britney, unarguably the most humble woman in the pop industry, has been nothing but kind to Lady Gaga. Gaga’s fans have no reason to lash out at Britney.

Hence, what we’re dealing with is not a war, but rather an education of insolent students who, because they somehow have convinced themselves that Lady Gaga is the only quality pop star ever to hit the world stage, refuse to recognize the icon status of Britney Spears.

Lady Gaga is not a pop icon. Even, assuming, for the sake of argument, that I am utterly wrong about her and that she is the most exciting pop star to come out of the industry in the last fifty years, she has only been around for two years. No one who has been around for only two years has achieved icon status! That’s not a verdict on whether she’s a quality performer — it’s a recognition of the fact that she is still a fresh face, not a legend! In ten years, if she’s still cranking out the hits, let’s talk. But icons, I think, are performers who have been proven themselves over the course of at least a decade.

Who will rule 2011, then? While I’m confident that, placed side-by-side, Britney can outdo Gaga, it’s as silly to act as if such numbers would prove anything as it would have been in 2000 to proclaim that Britney’s Oops!…I Did It Again success proved she was overtaking Madonna. Preposterous. They were in different lanes. And Britney is in a different lane than Gaga.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I really think their is no competition between Gaga and Britney. Britney has nothing to prove. She has been in the game for 13 years. Gaga has been here for what 2 years?

  2. Christina Mercer
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am a proud Britney Spears stan and will stick by her my/her entire life (I LOVE HER).
    While I agree that the Britney/Gaga argument isn’t necessarily a valid one, I believe that Britney will outsell Gaga but Gaga might outshine Britney. Gaga has built the entirety of her career on being outrageous, unless that stops and Britney herself decides to push the envelope in terms of shock value, Gaga will be a larger media force. We’ll be hearing about her shenanigans more than Britney’s. It really isn’t that big of deal, but now-a-days that seems to be what determines success. I could be wrong, like you said Spears has nothing to prove.

  3. LadyBritBrit
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Too True.
    Gaga fans are loonies to call her a Legend or a Queen, when she’s barely on her second real album.

  4. johnyguy04
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Lady Gaga cut down to size….yeah you dont hate her..lolz.

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