Sometimes it's easy to forget, that underneath the carefully managed public exterior and behind the busy touring schedule, that bands are made up of real people. And real people tend to have a wide range of occasionally messy emotions. And sometimes, those messy, real-people emotions clash with others'. Here's ten musicians who've engaged in public feuds with others.
10 The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones
9 Paul McCartney vs. Michael Jackson
8 Oasis vs. Blur
7 Courtney Love vs. Dave Grohl
6 Gene Simmons vs. Carlos Santana
5 Trent Reznor vs. Marilyn Manson
4 Sinead O'Connor vs. Miley Cyrus
3 Mariah Carey vs. Nikki Minaj
Carey and Minaj met while judging season twelve of American Idol, and as far as we can tell, it was hate at first sight. While they dismissed rumors of trouble between them at first, video soon surfaced of Minaj storming off set after an argument with Carey, who later implied that working with Minaj was like working with Satan. The feud's still going strong, too. In a February interview with New York's Power 105.1, Carey laughingly pretended she had no idea who Minaj was, claiming she was going to delete the entire Idol season from her memory. Meanwhile, the music video for Minaj's latest song (released the same day as Carey's interview), showed her destroying her haters, so it's pretty clear they're nowhere near ready to reconcile.
Here is a video on Ellen Degeneres weighing in on the American Idol feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey
2 Arcade Fire vs. The Flaming Lips
1 Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G.
Perhaps the most famous of the east coast-west coast rap feuds, the feud between the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur started in 1994. They'd both released their first albums, Tupac's Me Against the World and Biggie's Ready to Die, to critical acclaim. Then, on November 30th, the recording studio Shakur was entering was held up by gunmen and he was shot. Shakur accused B.I.G. of facilitating both the robbery and the shooting, claims which he denied, and the feud took off from there. It mainly took a verbal form, like in Shakur's 1995 song Hit 'Em Up where he claims to have had sex with the Notorious B.I.G.'s wife. The feud was cut tragically short, however, by Shakur's death in a drive-by shooting in 1996, and B.I.G's death only a year later.
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