Two music icons, LL Cool J and Miranda Lambert, hold contrasting views when it comes to the behavior of fans during their concerts.
During a recent interview with Audacy's Mix 94.1 Mercedes in the Morning, LL Cool J, the 55-year-old rapper, found humor in a viral incident involving Miranda Lambert at her Las Vegas show. Lambert had halted her performance to scold a group of women taking selfies, a move that LL Cool J considers absurd. "Miranda, get over it, baby..." he chuckled, defending the fans' right to enjoy the music in their own way. According to him, an artist's role is to create art, and how fans choose to interact, appreciate, or engage with that art is entirely up to them.
The incident in question occurred during Lambert's Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency when she paused her rendition of the 2018 hit "Tin Man" to address fans taking pictures near the stage. In that moment, she expressed her frustration, stating, "These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song," and firmly gestured for them to sit down. "It's pissing me off a bit. Sorry, I don't like it. At all. We're here to hear some country music tonight," she added.
Afterward, one of the women involved, Adela Calin, shared her side of the story in an interview with NBC News. Calin explained that the selfie-taking lasted no more than "30 seconds" and expressed feeling as though she was being scolded by a teacher for doing something wrong. She emphasized that they were simply grown women in their 30s to 60s trying to take a picture and not behaving irresponsibly.
On the other hand, LL Cool J holds a more relaxed attitude towards fans' actions at his shows. He jokingly remarked that if someone wanted to come to his concert and eat a bowl of potato salad, they were welcome to do so. For him, it's essential to let the fans be themselves and do what makes them happy. While he has no ill intentions toward Lambert, he firmly believes that fans should have the freedom to enjoy the concert as they see fit.
In conclusion, these two musical stars differ in their perspectives on fan conduct during concerts. While Miranda Lambert takes a more assertive approach in enforcing her desired atmosphere, LL Cool J welcomes his fans to enjoy the music in their own individual ways. Ultimately, each artist's stance reflects their unique style and interaction with their audience.