updated 10/05/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/05/2013 AT 3:20 PM ET
It’s certainly been a busy week for Sinéad O’Connor.
The Irish singer – who got into a war of words with Miley Cyrus earlier this week after reaching out to the 20-year-old in an open letter advising her not to “prostitute” herself – is now worrying about the death of rock ‘n’ roll.
And she knows who killed it – Simon Cowell.
In an interview on The Late Late Show in Ireland on Friday, the 46-year-old blasted the X Factor judge.
“I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry. Because of Simon Cowell, [and his fellow judge, music exec] Louis Walsh – they’ve murdered music,” she said.
The singer believes that the moneymaking side of the industry has taken over and the result has been “the sexualizing of extremely young people” and the worship of “money and bling and diamonds.”
“There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she said. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, Pop Idol, X Factor, all this stuff.”