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Patti LaBelle Shuns "Diva" Label Because "All These Little Heifers Who Can't Sing Are Called Divas!"

In an interview with PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi, Patti LaBelle cringes at being called a "diva." Ironically, the reasoning behind her apprehension may have you doubling down on your efforts to use the exact term to describe the accomplished Godmother of Soul. 

"That word is used so loosely that I don't even consider myself a diva," Patti says when asked what it means to be 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."

"All these little heifers who can't sing are called divas!" she adds. "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."

She's not finished!

After being reminded that "diva" was, at one point in pop-cultural history, a positive statement, Patti continues ripping today's pop stars apart by calling them "a hot mess!"

"Well, for opera singers, and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when. Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness—that's not a word, but you know what I mean."

This is what we LIVE for. Thanks Patti for serving delicious shade! 

What do you think, Instincters? Is Patti on point? Are there no true modern day divas?

(Source and image: PrideSource)

Comments

Ms. Patti you will always be a DIVA to me... Along with Tina Turner, Cher, Gladys, Aretha, Dionne, Dolly.  A Diva to me, is a STAR, who has been in the game at least 20 years and can pack a concert hall with NO new album or song. Why? Because of TALENT.  Something that is lacking in today's artists. I realize there are a few diamonds in the pile of coal, but seriously where are the singers!  

Pink, has vocal depth, Christina has power and range, Adele has presented a great package but fails to deliver on stage and Beyonce, well vocally ok however she sampled ad stolen performance takes credit for material she didnt write and with the exception of Adele they are get very close to naked, and they arent Diva's they are package's that ride with what is hot for the Time. Real singers like Patti, Aretha, Gladys, Whitney, Dionne set the Tone!!!!!! and never compromised the Integrity of their Gift. Now we all know they are not without fault or flaw. What I am speaking of they had true gifts that wasnt a gimmic.

The Truth and The days of the Diva/Singer has been long gone. The new generation rides off gimmics, stolen lyrics, sampled music and a stage act to cover up for their lack of true talent. Patti, is dead on it. They dont have to sig all they have to do is present their bodies (unfortunately) with a hot track and provoke the people, create a negative Hype and they are on top!!! So sad, while the True Diva's, Singers are still hard at work giving us their soul thru True Song and with quality and Love!!!

True,true,true!

THE BEST PART IS... YOU CAN'T ARGUE THAT!!! SHE'S THE REAL DEAL, AND THE HOT MESSES ARE EXACTLY THAT!

Good call patti the mark of a true "DIVA"

There's a few from this generation..BEYONCE,CHRISTINA AGUILERA,&PINK...I FULLY UNDERSTAND HER POINT.

None of those woman are Divas....That was the complete point of the article.  They dress like whores and lip sync...

Nope. They're the only Divas who can really sing in this era, including Adele of course. All of them hardly lip synch. Know ur fact pls.

You go girl!!!!   YOU have talent!

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