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Ne-Yo stands by negative remarks about 'Jersey Shore' star Snooki


UPI News Service, 03/14/2011 

Recording artist Ne-Yo says he stands by disapproving remarks he made about "Jersey Shore" star Snooki's appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

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"Wow. Snooki is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Really? I quit. (Just kidding, but almost serious....)." Ne-Yo recently said via Twitter.

He was promoting his new action flick, "Battle: Los Angeles," in New York last week when he was asked about his comments regarding the reality TV personality.

"Let me go on record as saying I don't dislike Snooki. I don't know her to dislike her. I don't know her," the musician said.

"She's on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and I commented about it on Twitter," he said. "I guess she took offense to that. That's OK. She tweeted something back like, 'Wow, you just lost a loyal fan.' But I'll sleep at night. I just feel like Rolling Stone is a prestigious music magazine and it put Snooki on the cover? Is Snooki about to drop an album? If so, OK, maybe. But, come on. ... As an artist, I felt disrespected. Mind you, not that this is a toot-your-own-horn session, but I have three Grammys, three multi-Platinum albums ... and Rolling Stone hasn't so much as looked in my direction. But Snooki gets the cover."

Ne-Yo, who recently became a first-time father, said he enjoys juggling his music and film careers.

So, what are the separate rewards and challenges he's experienced while performing in the two media?

"Performing live, you don't get a whole lot of chances to make mistakes. There's not a lot of room for error, performing live. Whereas, when you're in front of the camera, if you don't like that take, you simply do it again and you keep doing it until you get what you want," the 31-year-old singer from Arkansas told UPI. "I actually prefer performing live because it forces you to step it up. You know you can't mess up there; you can't forget a word, you can't forget a line. It's got to be right, right then. That's theater versus movies."

"Battle: Los Angeles" was No. 1 at the U.S. box office when it opened last weekend.


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