Cher has lately responded on social media to Dua Lipa being branded the “Cher of our generation.”
According to the Independent, a devoted fan tweeted photographs of Cher at the 1974 Grammys and Lipa at the 2021 ceremony in a since-deleted tweet on Twitter.
Both musicians are wearing “sparkling outfits with butterflies.”
The photo’s caption read: “Dua Lipa, the Cher of our generation.”
Another user reposted the post with the comment, “So much truth in one tweet,” whereas Cher responded with a pondering emoji and asked, “How many years are in a generation?”
The Believe singer’s remarks prompted a controversy over whether it is ethical to compare a younger vocalist to an active older performer.
User comment: “Cher is Cher. Cher will never be replaced. Period.”
“People do not fully comprehend Cher’s cultural influence. Today, anyone may dress like Cher, but it is not the same as being the first to do so,” said another.
While both artists have had tremendously successful careers in their own right, the topic went to the question of whether it is appropriate to compare the influence and body of the work of a younger artist to that of an older artist who is still actively creating art.
Cher released her most recent album in 2018 – a covers album of ABBA songs titled ‘Dancing Queen’ – and started on a lengthy tour around the time of its release that lasted until March 2020, owing to the COVID-19 epidemic.
While retweeting Cher’s reaction, one user commented, “Kudos to her for that.” When the original artist is still living, I find the phrase ‘they’re the new (insert artist)’ extremely disrespectful.
Since the release of her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, in 2020, Lipa has maintained a busy schedule. The same year, she collaborated with The Blessed Madonna on a remix album titled ‘Club Future Nostalgia’ that featured various artists. In 2021, she collaborated with another legendary musician, Elton John, on the Pnau-produced single ‘Cold Heart’.
This year, she collaborated with Megan Thee Stallion on ‘Sweetest Pie’ from the rapper’s ‘Traumazine album and also appeared on Calvin Harris’ ‘Potion’ with Young Thug.