The World’s Leading Recording Artists Are Speaking Against AI-Generated Music

Drake at the Billboard Music Awards Show in 2019
Drake at the Billboard Music Awards Show in 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (10222625ff)

AI-generated music is experiencing a huge boom these days, but not everyone seems to be a fan. From Drake to John Legend, several acclaimed artists spoke against the use of artificial intelligence in the music industry.


Several AI-generated Drake collaborations went viral in recent months, including a fake duet with The Weeknd “Heart On My Sleeve”. The Canadian rapper openly spoke against this trend, describing his fake collaboration with Ice Space as “the last straw”.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube isn’t a huge fan of AI-generated songs, and he even went so far as to say it’s “demonic” to have someone take your original voice and manipulate it without having to pay.

John Legend

John Legend didn’t criticize AI-generated music as harshly as some other artists, but he believes it should be regulated because artists should have control over how their voices are used in the world.


Sting recently told BBC that “the building blocks of music belong to us, to human beings”, adding that he anticipates musicians will face a battle against AI in upcoming years.

The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy is also taking a firm stance against AI, introducing the rule that says that “only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a Grammy Award” at the upcoming ceremony.