Patti LaBelle, whom many consider one of the true, original divas, isn’t too impressed with the singers who’ve recently been branded with the label.
“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,” Patti told PriceSource.com. “’Diva’ is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.”
Patti didn’t specifically name any singers who she thinks are unworthy of the “diva” label, but she noted they often opt for theatrics onstage.
“People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness…” she said. “A hot mess!”
According to Patti, many of today’s divas aren’t as talented as she and her legendary counterparts, which doesn’t give the term any validity.
“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,” she named.
“I’m speaking for me,” she clarified. “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.”
Get more from Patti at PrideSource.com.