All the Artists Who’ve Denounced R. Kelly

In the wake Lifetime’s bombshell doc Surviving R. Kelly that outlines years Kelly’s alleged abuse, the motion to mute the embattled singer has by no means been stronger. For the primary time, each his friends and collaborators are taking an ethical stance in opposition to the Pied Piper R&B, some going as far as to apologize for working with R. Kelly and erasing their work with him from digital existence. Others have come ahead with tales how Kelly’s alleged habits has lengthy been an industrywide open secret. From Lady Gaga to John Legend to Jada Pinkett Smith, these are the artists who’ve denounced R. Kelly. We’ll proceed to replace this checklist as extra celebrities communicate out.


Lady Gaga
“Do What U Want (With My Body)” (2013)
On January 10, Gaga released a statement apologizing for her previous work with Kelly and have become the primary to announce that she meant to take away a collaboration with Kelly from streaming providers. “I stand behind these ladies 1000%, consider them, know they’re struggling and in ache, and really feel strongly that their voices must be heard and brought significantly,” she wrote. “I feel it’s clear how explicitly twisted my pondering was on the time,” she wrote the track, referencing her own sexual assault on the age 19. “If I may return and have a chat with my youthful self I’d inform her to undergo the remedy I’ve since then.” Less than a day later, the only from her 2013 album Artpop was pulled.

Chance the Rapper
“Somewhere in Paradise” (2015)
After an audio clip Chance the Rapper saying that working with Kelly was a “mistake” appeared within the Surviving R. Kelly sequence, Chance stated that the quote was taken out context but apologized to survivors in a statement on Twitter. “T]he reality is any us who ever ignored the R. Kelly tales, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black males ten are) have been doing so on the detriment black ladies and ladies,” he wrote. “I apologize to all his survivors for working with him and for taking this lengthy to talk out.” By January 14, “Somewhere in Paradise,” that includes and co-written by R. Kelly, was no longer available to stream.

Céline Dion
“I’m Your Angel” (1998)
Dion has not commented publicly on the allegations in opposition to Kelly, however TMZ reported on January 14 that her crew was within the course of eradicating the 1998 duet. Produced and written by R. Kelly, the track was nominated for a Grammy and spent six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. As publication, its video has been faraway from YouTube, although the track stays on streaming.

“Promise (Go and Get Your Tickets Mix)” (2006)
Ciara has additionally not commented on Kelly, however TMZ reported on January 14 that Ciara’s crew is requesting that Sony take away their track, from her 2006 album The Evolution, from streaming and iTunes. Coincidentally, Sony is Kelly’s guardian document label, and it has not commented on Kelly’s authorized points or his future on the label. Reports say Sony has, nonetheless, stonewalled Kelly from releasing any new music on its RCA imprint and is weighing its choices for voiding his contract.

Pussycat Dolls
“Out This Club” (2008)
TMZ reported on January 15 that the Pussycat Dolls have requested their label Interscope to tug their Kelly collab from streaming, although the previous group has but to touch upon the allegations.

Jennifer Hudson
“It’s Your World” (2014) and “Where You At” (2011)
The Associated Press reports that, as January 31, Jennifer Hudson has eliminated two R. Kelly collaborations from streaming platforms, together with Apple Music and YouTube. Kelly wrote and options on “It’s Your World,” which was nominated for a Grammy, and in addition wrote “Where You At,” which was a Top 10 R&B hit and charted on the Hot 100.

“Trying to Be Cool (Remix)” (2013), Kelly appeared onstage at Coachella with the group.
The French band apologized on Twitter for not realizing extra in regards to the scenario once they labored with Kelly. “We are deeply horrified by the tales abuse surrounding R. Kelly. We remorse that we weren’t each extra knowledgeable and extra discerning after we labored with him beforehand,” they wrote. “We totally assist all victims sexual abuse, and it’s our hope that there will likely be a path to justice.” Phoenix haven’t introduced plans to take away the track from streaming.

“Girlfriend,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Bump, Bump, Bump,” “Bump That” (2002), “Girlfriend (Pied Piper Remix)” (2003)
Ahead B2K’s reunion tour, Omarion shared a lengthy statement on January 6 distancing himself from Kelly, who wrote B2K’s largest hits, together with “Bump Bump Bump.” “#RKelly was each a sufferer & a predator & accordingly should be held accountable but in addition get pressional assist,” Omarion wrote. “His creative genius impressed us all. His music is being muted by the darkness his actions. The darkish all the time involves gentle.” He introduced that he would “retire” all songs written by Kelly on the finish B2K’s tour, including, “I too am elevating a future queen.” He didn’t announce plans to additionally take away these songs from streaming.

Nick Cannon
“Gigolo” (2003)
On January 10, Cannon apologized for working with Kelly, admitting that he ignored accusations about him that had lengthy circulated within the trade. “After a lot self reflection and meditation, I’ve to be one the primary to confess that in my previous I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to lots darkness on this trade,” he wrote. “Let’s cease beating across the bush and name it what it’s. This complete trade was established and constructed by evil and predatory spirits and male chauvinistic habits.” He vowed to talk up about abuse within the leisure enterprise that he’s identified about: “It isn’t any secret how males have misused their energy to control younger rising pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everybody in between. I’ve personally witnessed it and can now not be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift.” He ended, “I apologize my Queens.” He didn’t announce plans to take away their track from streaming.

Mathew Knowles
Destiny’s Child, “Stimulate Me” (1999) (soundtrack to film Life), that includes and produced by R. Kelly
On January 9, Mathew Knowles, who managed Destiny’s Child, recalled not permitting the group, then all youngsters, to work one-on-one with Kelly for his or her collaboration on the Life soundtrack after listening to rumors his predatory habits. He later turned down a future collaboration between Kelly and Destiny’s Child. “I personally rejected the track, as a result of I didn’t assume it was a very good track,” he told Metro. “Not simply because his] popularity — this was round 1998, we had simply begun to listen to some these issues. The ladies have been 15, 16. When they went to the lavatory, Tina Lawson] would go together with them. They didn’t go away our eyes.”

Keke Palmer
Once positioned as Kelly’s newest protégé, Palmer spoke out on her experiences having Kelly as a mentor, saying she now not helps him. “As a scholar R. Kelly’s for the time I used to be and having been round his gentle and understanding the obstacles he overcame as a toddler to truly be birthed into the musical genius he’s at the moment,” she wrote, “I’m harm and saddened as a result of he may have been a blessing to those ladies however as an alternative he repeatedly took benefit and that I cannot settle for. I’ll stand by my sisters as a result of that’s merely what’s proper and what I hope discontinues this habits in anybody.”

“More and More” (2003)
As January 31, R&B singer Joe tells the Associated Press that he’ll now not carry out 2003’s “More and More,” which doesn’t function Kelly however was written by him and was a Top 20 R&B hit. “No music or mental property is price being thoughtless to the sentiments or ache others,” he stated.

Syleena Johnson
“I Am Your Woman” (2001)
R&B singer Syleena Johnson additionally told the Associated Press on January 31 that upon nearer examination the lyrics to her Kelly-penned track “I Am Your Woman,” which incorporates strains like “Now I’ve been dealin’ with you since candy 16/Woman sufficient to allow you to increase me/You used to name me daddy’s ghetto queen,” she will now not carry out it. (Kelly additionally produced the track, which was her debut single.) “No, I didn’t tape the track realizing what I do know now, however when you recognize higher, you must do higher,” she says. “Essentially you’ve put me in a predicament the place I’m a younger lady speaking about being with an older man. That’s what my track says. So, once I see what’s happening, I’m in tears as a result of I’ve been singing that the entire time.” Kelly additionally wrote Johnson’s largest solo hit, 2002’s “Guess What,” however Johnson didn’t say if she’ll cease performing that track, too.


John Legend
Legend was one only two musicians who agreed to be interviewed for Surviving R. Kelly. He later stood by his resolution on Twitter and stated it was a no brainer. “To everybody telling me how brave I’m for showing within the doc, it didn’t really feel dangerous in any respect,” he tweeted. “I consider these ladies and don’t give a fuck about defending a serial youngster rapist. Easy resolution.”

Though he was asked to appear as a talking head in Surviving R. Kelly, Questlove stated he declined, not as a result of he didn’t need to communicate negatively about Kelly, however as a result of he refused to reward his artistry. In a since-deleted Twitter assertion, Questlove clarified that he doesn’t assist Kelly: “I all the time thought Kels was trash. My motive for declining the R. Kelly docu that I assist 10000000 p.c is I didn’t wanna be within the ‘good instances’ portion the doc, like stanning or, being an overzealous fan] for his ‘genius.’ I used to be requested to speak about his genius. I don’t nor have I EVER stanned for him.”

The singer reacted to the doc by corroborating the alleged victims’ tales, saying she’d heard all the identical tales about Kelly’s alleged abuse from different males within the trade. “Many these tales I used to be listening to once I, myself, was wayyyy underage. Making my first couple albums at 12 after which 14/15. I used to be a HUGEEEEE R Kelly fan, got here from a damaged house, had daddy points, and questioned … how did these ladies get chosen? I questioned if I may/could be,” she wrote. She stated her mom prevented her from working with Kelly when she was underage. “So so grateful 2have had my mother by my aspect (THANK U MOM I LOVE U MADLY) who 1- by no means left me alone for a second till I turned 18, 2- by no means let me work w R Kelly once I begged her to Three- by no means let me get too near different predatory males who wished to do who-knows-what to me.”

Jada Pinkett Smith
Following the docuseries, Pinkett Smith hosted a particular two-part episode her Red Table speak present, bringing on one the alleged victims seen within the movie, in addition to her daughter, Willow Smith. Pinkett Smith acknowledged that she’d heard the rumors about Kelly throughout his relationship with Aaliyah, however couldn’t consider it. “I see how that occurred with Aaliyah. I bear in mind you’d hear whispers stuff, however you recognize, you’d go, Oh, she’s making hit songs; she should be okay,’” she stated. “Man, how complicit all of us have been. We ought to have all been screaming from the rafters.”

Dame Dash
The Roc-a-Fella co-founder dated Aaliyah up till her loss of life and has lengthy maintained that Kelly abused her. Reacting to the doc in a new interview, Dash stated that he noticed some the identical trauma in these alleged victims’ faces that he noticed in Aaliyah. “There was a lady when she was even attempting to speak about it and she or he couldn’t, and I bear in mind Aaliyah attempting to speak about it and she or he couldn’t. She would simply go away it at, ‘That dude was a foul man,’” he stated. “I didn’t actually need to know what he did, to the extent that I might, you recognize, cope with it as a result of that’s what a person does. But it was a lot harm for her to revisit it. I wouldn’t need to revisit it with out a pressional. Whatever received finished was horrible.” Dame added that he wholeheartedly disapproved Jay-Z happening to make two albums with Kelly, claiming that Jay was nicely conscious Kelly’s alleged abuse: “If you bear in mind The Best Both Worlds, you don’t see my title on that …] I by no means wished no half that.” (Jay-Z had a public falling out with Kelly over their scrapped 2004 tour; Hov has not commented on the allegations and declined to be interviewed for Surviving R. Kelly.)

Meek Mill
After watching the doc, Mill shared his ideas on Twitter, saying he’s “not feeling R. Kelly,” however including that Kelly’s habits just isn’t an trade exception. “It’s a lot filthy shit happening on this trade no one will ever actually communicate on the wild shit as a result of most them may have docs like this and even worst finished about them!” he wrote. “It don’t take a rocket scientist to see what was happening … what I’m tryna work out why did they let it go on soooooo lengthy!”

He additionally joined the #MuteRKelly motion after watching the doc, writing on Instagram, “There is NO excuse. Music is vital. It actually is. But it’s no more vital than defending our youngsters, defending our little ladies. PERIOD.”

Processing his ideas on the doc on Instagram, the R&B singer stated he may now not assist R. Kelly. “We’ve invested a lot ourselves into this man that it’s arduous for us to let go. I now not have that challenge,” he wrote. “I entire heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT separate the music from the monster!”

After watching the sequence, the R&B singer stated he wished Kelly to be canceled. “Get this man tf outta right here. please. he past trash,” he tweeted. He additional tweeted immediately at Kelly, calling him “fucking disgusting.”