Halsey Compares Kendrick Lamar’s Success To Lady Gaga’s

In an interview on The Zach Sang Show on Wednesday, Halsey opens up about the sexist double standard she’s faced when it comes to counterculture credibility as regards her craft.

Using Kendrick Lamar as an example, she says “Kendrick [Lamar] has done a Maroon 5 feature, a Taylor Swift feature and a Sia feature — which is more pop features than I’ve done. No one’s calling him a pop star,” Halsey said. “But I’m being called one, even though I’m inherently an alternative artist. I don’t know if it’s a male thing, I don’t know if it’s an urban thing. I don’t know what it is. But if you’re a female alternative artist and you do anything that’s even slightly pop leaning, it’s condemning.

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She used Lady Gaga as an example:

Lady Gaga's NME Awards nominations.File photo dated 12/09/10 of Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of slabs of meat as the chart star's outrageous dress sense has proved to be divisive - after she was shortlisted for both most and least stylish star in this year's NME Awards. Issue date: Tuesday January 25, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ NME. Photo credit should read: PA Wire URN:10082057 (Press Association via AP Images)

Lady Gaga’s NME Awards nominations.File photo dated 12/09/10 of Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of slabs of meat as the chart star’s outrageous dress sense has proved to be divisive – after she was shortlisted for both most and least stylish star in this year’s NME Awards. Issue date: Tuesday January 25, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ NME. Photo credit should read: PA Wire URN:10082057 (Press Association via AP Images)

“The lengths that Lady Gaga has to go to to maintain her cred as an artist of the counterculture are insane. If she does anything that’s even slightly too-pop people are going to be like ‘she sold out. She’s a pop artist.’ Kendrick Lamar can get on a Taylor Swift song and no one calls him a popstar, but Lady Gaga has to wear raw meat!”

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