“What are we waiting for? Make him a saint now. He did more with those five words than the last five popes. He is my hero.” – Elton John on Pope Francis, regarding his stance on LGBTQ rights. The five words he is referring to are Francis’ recent statement on gay marriage, “Who am I to judge?”
“Kanye uses it, but he doesn’t use it correctly.” – T-Pain on Auto-Tune. He quickly clarified that Kanye still “makes great music with it,” but thinks his process of singing first and applying the Auto-Tune later is flawed. “You don’t know how it’s going to come out. You can’t catch your mistakes before they happen. So sometimes it gets a little wobbly and things like that.”
“I liked the song, but the video was basically a Latino girl stripping in a dressing room.” – Cyndi Lauper on Bryan Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife.” The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” star went on to say, “I thought we needed videos that represented women better.”
“My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened.” – Aaron Lewis of the band Staind, in an apology tweet. Lewis mixed up the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series.
“Spiritually and mentally, I’m free as ever.” – Gucci Mane in a letter from prison. The rapper was recently sentenced to three years and three months after he plead guilty to possession of a firearm.
“Justin Bieber acts ‘black-ish,’ but he doesn’t get shot by the police. He gets a police escort home.” – Actor Laurence Fishburne on racial connotations. Fishburne used Bieber as an example while explaining the title of his new sitcom, Black-ish.
“It exhausts me just thinking about it now!” – Annie Lennox on the Eurythmics’ peak in the mid-80s. According to producer Dave Stewart, they used to make their albums in just two or three weeks from scratch, then immediately go back on tour.
“Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ in front of those judges? ‘Sorry, it’s a little nasally and a little flat. Next.’” – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, criticizing American Idol and other competitive music shows. Grohl added, “I would never make it,” and emphasized that people should appreciate the uniqueness of their own voice.