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The Biggest Jerks in Music

Updated on September 27, 2011

The music industry is full of egomanics. There is nothing worse than an artist who does not respect their fans, trashes fellow musicians and treats everyone like garbage. I know there are generous, humble and thankful musicians in the world but these jerks make them all look bad. Here is my top five list of the biggest jerks in the music industry.

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent was in such legendary bands as The Ambroy Dukes and Damn Yankees. He also had a successful solo career. If he'd only keep his mouth shut and remember to take his meds, he may be remembered for his music and not his outrageous behavior.

First of all, Mr. Nugent hates animals. There are only several things he hates more than animals: People who love animals and rescue animals, people who love animals and don't eat or hunt animals and people who love animals and think animals should be treated humanely. Some people may fall in all of those categories and that really gets his blood boiling. He also hates liberals, gays and hippies, he just hates animals lovers more.

In 2000, Nugent lost his mind outside of a Neiman Marcus store where animal rights activists were protesting the sale of fur. He spat, threatened and physically assaulted several activists. He was detained but released. Nugent took it a step further and had one of the activists arrested, telling police the activist threatened him, although witnesses said this didn't happen. Demonstrations were held outside the county jail while Nugent was signing autographs and taking pictures with policemen. In addition to this, he once called Animal Rights Activist, Heidi Prescott, a worthless whore.

He has said more than once that he does not hate gay people. Then goes on to say he just finds them utterly disgusting and immoral.

In 2007, he was on stage performing and dissed the Democratic presidential candidates. He called Barack Obama 'a piece of shit' and Hillary Clinton 'a worthless bitch'. He then threatened to kill both of them and invited them to suck his gun.

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons is the bassist and singer for the world's most overrated band, KISS. He lives with Shannon Tweed, a beautiful woman devoid of self-esteem, and their children. Simmons is always bragging about his sexual conquests, in front of her.

Then he gets a reality show and proves to the world how shallow and arrogant he really is. He says obnoxious things like: "If you welcome me with welcome arms, you must welcome me with open legs." He also believes that every woman in the world wants to sleep with him because he's in a rock band, even though he is an unattractive, middle-aged has-been who just happened to score a reality show. Meanwhile, Shannon complains that he won't marry her.

In one interview he ripped Adam Lambert to shreds about being gay and said he should shut up about his sexual orientation. In reality it was the media pressing Lambert, but that's another story.

His interviews became so disrespectful that his wife actually walked off the set during Joy Behar's show. It looked like the couple was going to divorce but after 28 years, it looks like they are finally getting hitched. God help her.

Kanye West

It didn't take rapper Kanye West very long to prove to the world what a narcissist and a jerk he really is. The more he talks, the more he proves he's a jerk. Being that he is an egomaniac, he can't figure out for the life of him why people would think that.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed New Orleans, LA. and was one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history. A live telethon aired shortly after the disaster with a slew of A-List actors, singers and rappers. Standing next to Mike Meyers, Kanye West had given a speech, then suddenly gone off script and told the country that then President George Bush didn't care for black people. The look on Mike Meyers face is priceless.

In 2006, Kanye West posed as Jesus Christ on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The cover itself was provocative but most people quickly forgot about that after reading the interview inside the magazine. Kanye West told Rolling Stone that he is similar to Jesus Christ. Due to his upper class and privileged background, he had to fight and endure suffering to make it in the music industry. You know, kinda like how Jesus was tortured, nailed on a cross and left to die. If that wasn't enough, he also said if the bible were written today he would be in it.

That same year, Kanye also had a public tantrum after losing Best Video at the MTV Europe Awards. He jumped on stage, whined about how expensive his video was to make and swore a few times.

In 2009 Kanye West made history at the VMAs without even being a nominee. Pretty teen, Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video. Gushing, she had gone up to the stage to accept her award. It would have been a very sweet moment for the newcomer if not for Kanye West, who was somehow offended at this. He went on stage, grabbed the mike from Taylor Swift, told her he meant no disrepect and then told the audience that Beyonce should have won. FYI, Beyonce ended up winning it all at the end when she won Best Video of the year.

Kanye West spent the next year giving halfhearted apologies. He told an audience in London during his concert that he was being compared to Hitler, which wasn't fair because we all know he is much more like Jesus.


Madonna was an '80s icon, refused to go away in the '90s and has managed to prove that she is as big of a jerk as she is a star on so many levels.

Rumor has it that Madonna slept her way- err, dated men who could further her music career and then dump them after they helped her.

Recently Madonna was at the Venice Film Festival. While waiting for the press conference to begin, a fan ran up to the long table where she sat and handed her a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Madonna smiled politely and as the man turned away she rolled her eyes and said to the person next to her, "I absolutely LOATHE hydrengeas." She forgot her mike was on. Watching the clip, I realized two things about Madonna. She's still rocking that fake British accent and she is an ungrateful jerk.

Madonna proved how clueless she really is when she created a short video where she profusely apologizes to a bunch of hydrengeas. She failed to see that it wasn't her hatred for hydrengeas but the fact that she dissed a devoted fan that pissed people off.

Britney Spears grew up worshipping Madonna and the two became-what seemed like- good friends. While Britney was going through her very public break down, Madonna wasted no time trashing her in her blog and to the media. She believed that if Britney Spears would have listened to HER, taken Her advice, followed Her diet and wore a costume similar to Hers in the Open Your Heart video, she wouldn't have bombed at the music awards.

Madonna is also an extremely strict mom who doesn't let her kids watch T.V and forces them to wear the same clothes for a week if they don't clean up their rooms. She didn't learn anything from Joan Crawford, did she?

Other jerky things include pissing off the Catholic Church multiple times, insulting the Hindu religion and stealing the role of Evita from Merryl Streep.

Axl Rose

Axl Rose is a middle-aged, bitter, has-been singer of the band Guns N' Roses. In 1987 Guns N' Roses exploded into mainstream and quickly became one of the best bands of all time. Not long after, Axl Rose quickly lost the adoration of fans by showing up hours late for concerts, cancelling concerts hours before going on stage and walking off stage during concerts in a rage. He has also had more beer bottles thrown at him than any other rock star in music history.

He lost even more fans after GN'R Lies was released. It wasn't as big as Appetite for Destruction, but people still remember this album. It contained the classic power ballad, Patience and a shockingly racist song called One in a Million. One in a Million contains derogatory terms for African Americans, homosexuals and a really fun verse that tells immigrants to leave the country. Axl must have forgotten, or didn't care that his guitarist was bi-racial. Axl also didn't see anything wrong with the song I Used to Love Her (But I Had to Kill Her). This is the follow up to the family-friendly song in Appetite called It's So Easy which is about beating up hookers.

Axl Rose's ex-girlfriends Stephanie Seymore and Erin Everly claim that Axl Rose beat them both. If they only would have listened to some of his music before deciding to date him, things would have turned out differently.

In 1991 the pot, named Axl Rose fired the kettle, drummer Steven Adler for drug abuse. Eventually guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan sued Axl Rose for screwing them out of royalty payments totalling more that a million dollars.

Axl Rose has a long list of enemies. They include Slash, Steven Adler, David Geffen, dead rock legend Kurt Cobain, Jon Bon Jovi, Vince Neil and for some unknown reason, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, who he punched at a nightclub.

In addition to the really bad facelift, his long awaited album, Chinese Democracy flopped (probably because he didn't bother promoting it). Nemesis Slash is way more famous and likeable. Slash's band Velvet Revolver, formed with other Guns N' Roses alumni Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, is faring off better than Axl and the current musicians of the new Guns N' Roses. Karma can be a bit of a bitch sometimes.

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      Brian Schonour 

      6 years ago

      None of those people are great. The worst one is Ted Nugent.

      Axl Rose is nuts because he attacked somebody at one show. He has awful hair. He's ugly after his surgeries.

      Gene Simmons looks ugly with and without makeup. His hair is awful because it's bushy.

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      Hugo Furst 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Cannot. Stand. Kanye. West. And yeah, where's Justin Bieber? Haha.

      Thanks for this hub! Voted up :)

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      Susan Banks 

      6 years ago from Colorado City, Arizona

      Just check out the artist map of Muzikool. You will find 6 biggest music jerks ranked on the basis of the most twitter followers. visit

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      6 years ago from United States

      Can I vote all? Lol. I know they're jerks but I didn't know how much a jerk they really could be, especially Madonna -- so ungrateful. Very interesting reading.

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      Kimberly Hayde 

      7 years ago

      Dave Mustaine from Megadeth for sure should be on the list along with Chris Brown.

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      7 years ago from Hell

      Nobody has mentioned Justin Bieber?

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      It must have been difficult narrowing this down to just five. There are so many others who deserve at least honourable mention. I didn't vote because I just couldn't decided. They are all so deserving.

      A thoroughly enjoyable hub.

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      7 years ago

      List needs more Dave Mustaine.

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      7 years ago from Wilkes Barre, PA West Hartford, CT

      I knew Axl was going to be on this list. Lars Ulrich has always come off to me as a douche. I mean I feel bad because I've never met the guy but he seems like a jerk.

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      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks Rob, I agree. I have been planning to update this list. You've given me some great examples to use. Thanks for stopping by!

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      7 years ago


      Nice List, but what about wife beaters Chris Brown, Ike Turner,allegeed murderer and gun nut Phil Spector, and the unpardonable Brian Wilson basher Mike Love? Just recently last year Mike allowed the Beach Boys to have a 5oth anniversary , and just out of nowhere he fired Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and early Beach Boys stand-in David Marks just to go back on tour as "The Beach Boys" with just him & Bruce Johnston and some other nobodies to fill in for the members he just fired! What an A-1 jerkoff! Also, don't forget Mike Love's uncle Murry Wilson. He along with Micheal Jackson's dad, Joe Jackson should be considered the jerkiest of rock & roll parents.

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      7 years ago from Hell

      I agree with all those on this list. I would have added some other names if it were mine.

      One other reason why you might think Axl Rose is a jerk is because according to Dexter Holland of the Offspring, Axl copied his hairdo. Dexter also took the piss and got a bit of revenge by saying that their album would be titled Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze, You Lose). Axl went and filed a C&D, only to realise he'd been played for a fool, because it was an April Fool's day joke.

      Even though I love Megadeth, Dave Mustaine would probably be one of the bigger jerks out there too. He's had many feuds over the years, and has slammed just about everyone; Aerosmith, Metallica (lots of bad blood there for about 2 or 3 decades), Slayer, Pantera, the list goes on.

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      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Hi StarlightReflex,

      I went to my first and last GNR concert in 1990. They were two hours late . To this day I can't stand Axl Rose because he still pulls that crap. He has absolutely no respect for his fans. As for Slash, he's Axl's bipolar opposite- a class act and genuinely seems to give a damn about the fans. I've heard Paul McCartney is really nice. After all of these years being in the spotlight, it's refreshing to know that he is humble. Thanks for reading and commenting! Take care!!

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      Doug Ocean 

      7 years ago from Ohio USA

      I still want reimbursed for a GnR show from which Axl walked off stage halfway through the opening song. I was in the "mosh pit" and almost got crushed in the ensuing rage. I was standing at a 45 degree angle and fighting to breath, then shifted the other way, until finally I managed to work my way back to safety. Slash came out and played a 20 minute solo, then Soundgarden came out and played another set. That being said, I STILL think Kane West is a bigger jerk. The best and nicest musician IMHO would be Paul McCartney, nothing like any from this list.

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      Learn Things Web 

      7 years ago from California

      This is such an interesting hub. They all sound so bad, it's hard to choose the worst.

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      GH Price 

      8 years ago from North Florida

      I'm a little late to this party, but I loved your Hub. For the record, even though Guns N Roses is my favorite band of all time, I voted Axl Rose the biggest jerk of all in your poll. Well done Hub!

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      8 years ago from San Jose California


      How in the world can you pick a #1 from that list?

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      John Henry 

      8 years ago

      Madonna may have her problems, but that "devoted fan" was actually a stalkeriffic nutjob whose entire function in life seems to be making famous people uncomfortable. He's the same guy who got slapped trying to kiss Will Smith this weekend. He's creepy and strange and very, very intrusive and inappropriate.

      As for Nugent, well...just google "Ted Nugent Is A Coward" and watch the video.

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      8 years ago

      honestly they all made great music at one time or another

      all the greed and political crap they had to through to get to be a star warped the week minds not everyone has a strong will and mind. Its kinda sad really.

      Kaye West has sunk into the pit of racism.

      Axle Rose I don't know what's wrong with him

      that story is still untold

      something is bottled up in him and its eating him up

      Great singer though GREAT!!

      Madonna made the choice to quick fame was it her fault

      I think so cause truly she was not already talented

      she became talented with money and time and sex.

      But what do I know somebody might have forced her at an early age

      Ted Nugent needs a straight jacket lol

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      8 years ago

      Great list. Axl Rose yes he´s pretty much the reason why the original guns and roses broke up. And that stuff you said about kiss being overrated could not agree more. I would also have put Eminem on a list like this he is very disrespectful towards many artists and has a very big mouth.

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      8 years ago

      This was a fascinating and amusing hub and caught me up on some of the rock-star antics I missed. Too much fame and money turns 'em bad.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Interesting hub! I didn't realize these artists were all jerks! I'm not a fan of any of them....that might be why I never knew. Thanks for the heads up!

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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Cooldad, I think I will take you up on that one. There are some really cool and generous musicians out there too. They deserve a little credit. :)

      Hi Kitty,

      LOL, about Madonna. I thought you were serious for a second!! I think many celebs need a reality check. Fame doesn't last forever for most of these people. I've watched enough has-beens on VH1 reality shows to see how they turn out when they lose their fame. Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and funny. Can't stand Kanye West...horrible egomaniac...the arrogance is ugly. Madonna's british accent is fake? I couldn't tell...J/K! I've always found that ridiculous. Sad how celebrities get so used to being pampered and being the center of attention that they lose all humility.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Interesting hub. I think people sometimes forget that all the people you mentioned are merely "entertainers." We don't really know what's real about these people. Sure, we see what is presented on television and in the media, but do we really know them?

      I'm not defending any of them, but I am saying that most of what they do is motivated by the pursuit of fame and fortune.

      Essentially, they are all just people, just like me and just like you. But they've been told for too long how important they are and their egos rule their lives. When that happens to people, they have no perspective about the real world. Maybe one day all the people you mentioned will be able to look back at their lives and learn from the mistakes they made.

      I did enjoy this hub. You should do another one that accentuates some musicians who are positive.

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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Lyricwriter!

      Glad you liked this! Thanks for reading and stopping by!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Great list Amymarie. Good stuff. Well worth the laugh. Voted up.

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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi St. Cyprian, I'm not surprised at all about Steven Adler. In Steven Adler's book, he talks about how Axl bullied hm and seemed to put all his rage on Adler - who was also the youngest member of the band at the time. It was quite obvious back in those days that none of those guys were saints. Like Alecia said, when your entire band quits, it sure says quite a lot.

      Jeannieinthebottle, I loved GNR when they first came out. I will never forget senior yr in HS when I went with a group of friends to see them in concet. Smashing Pumpkins opened. They were great. GNR was over an hr late. It was a school night and i didn't get home til 3am. My friend and her bf were supposed to go to see them the following day,but Axl skipped town! From that day on hated GNR but became a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan. I love Velvet Revolver and still remain a huge fan of Slash and McKagan.

      Realhousewife, I know, impossible to choose the biggest jerk.I did notice that Nugent is in the lead though.

      Alastar- I know, I have a couple friends that will be quite offended when they read that I called KISS overrated. I stand by that. They had a gimmick, they wore scary clown make-up and it worked. Gene Simmons needs to get over himself. I can't even stomach his show. Madonna is extremely smart and I do like her as an artist, however she has become very snobby over the years.

      Alecia, I had no idea that Nugent had a reality show. It's probably better that I didn't see it. Yeah and that was really bad about Madonna and what she did to Britney. I guess it was a blessing for Britney, when you go through hard times, you do find out who really cares about you. And I really liked Kanye in the beginning of his career. It's amazing how his true colors came out so quickly. It's a shame too. He is very talented but he's turned so many people off by his behavior.

      Thanks for stopping by everyone~

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I really loved this Hub! I didn't know about the Madonna/Britney thing. I'm surprised Britney even joined her a few years ago on stage after all of that but maybe she saw it as a good business opportunity. Ted Nugent was on some reality show and I only saw a preview of it long enough to know he was jerk. That and adopting a 17-year-old to be with her was enough for me to know he was bad news. Axl, I figued. If everyone leaves your band but you that's a sign. Kanye West should be glad people still want to buy his music after all the stupid things he did. Gene Simmons I agree on as well. I don't know how any woman he's been with hasn't tolerated him without a gag in his mouth and a bag over his head or at least the KISS makeup.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub... I agree with your selections!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Amymarie - hilarious and oh I so agree. Brilliant that you thought to write a hub about it:) lol! I had a really hard time choosing the biggest jerk:) way up and awesome and funny!

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      Jeannie Marie 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is such a tough call - I don't know who to vote for as far as biggest jerk goes. I have to agree with you on Axl Rose being a jerk. I used to hate Guns N Roses, yet I loved Velvet Revolver. It was then I realized it was Axl ruining Guns N Roses all along. Great hub!

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Aha! Truly good subject and Hub. Some facts confirmed here. Nugent is disgusting to me for this reason: From one of Rock's worst womanizers to former drug addict who found a cure by laughing at the terror and pain he inflicts on animals he claims to hunt. Plenty of video evidence for the latter. Gene Simmons is a joke as a musician. Don't mean to offend any fans but here's an example: You tube best bass guitar performances; watch, say, the late John Entwistle of the Who, then watch one of his. Madonna on the other hand is one smart cookie. No, I don't agree with everything she espouses but she had her children in water and then slowly brought them up to her breasts. Whatever else, her kids are very intelligent. Well, thats interesting info on the rest. Thanks amymarie for the Hub.

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      8 years ago

      Fun hub!

      I saw Steven Adler in a club one night a short time after the firing. He was stunningly beautiful and his eyes were clear and blue. I didn't know who he was until I was told by someone. He didn't look messed up the night I saw him, but the rumor had been he was fired for a heroin problem. Who knows if that was true... he might have been the only one of those guys who wasn't messed up!

      Vote up!

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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Lord de Cross,

      I did leave quite a few out. I thought about adding an honorable mention to this but figured this hub was pretty long already. Thanks for commenting.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the compilation Amymarie_5,

      Some were left behind, but I agree with your jerk-chart. Voted up!


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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks Timcgaa!


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