Don’t use the D-word around Music legend Patti LaBelle except you’re trying to tick her off. According to the two-time Grammy winner and 2003 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, the word ‘Diva’ is now been used loosely by just anyone who thinks she can sing.
“That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva. I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. “Diva” is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.” she says.
“…all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas! It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I’m speaking for me – I don’t know if they like to be called divas – but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.”
When Beyonce sang “A diva is the definition of a hustler…” from her 2008 single titled Diva, I didn’t quite get it! The song made no sense to me at the time despite its infectious hook. But after reading the Patti Labelle’s interview..a light bulb just went off!!
Who is a diva to you? For me, a diva is any female singer that can command a multitude with her vocals performance alone without any stage aesthetics..so permit me to dub my fila[hat] for Adele, Lady gaga and Alicia keys.. and ..er..maybe Beyonce.
Who is a diva to you? Beyonce says “female hustler”, Labelle says “hot mess”.. what’s your definition of today’s “Diva”?
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