The ‘American Idol’ judges reveal how the Queen of Disco had an impact on their music careers. Read on to find out what they had to say in a brand new interview!
Donna Summer left behind a legacy as the queen of ’70s disco when she sadly passed away after a battle with lung cancer on May 17, and American Idol judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler tell HollywoodLife.com how she changed the game when she came onto the music scene!
“Being a Rock & Roller when that kind of music came along, we felt threatened,” Steven said. “And when she came out and did her thing, she made it be OK. She was the focal point of that era, we are going to miss her so so much!”
Randy, who was a friend of Donna’s, said today’s biggest pop stars should be inspired by the woman who changed dance music with her hits like, “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff.”
“For all the Madonna’s and the Gaga’s this woman was really it, everyone should pay homage to that,” he said. “She was a true pioneer. At a time like Steven said, we were both in rock bands so we felt threatened. She slated it and formed a giant moment, I mean look at Ryan’s morning show, the Top 20 songs and 15 are dance records. There is something to say about what she did.”
What Do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you a fan of Donna Summer’s music?
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, written by Kaydi Poirier
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