Watch: Aretha Franklin Snubs Patti Labelle At ‘Women of Soul’ White House Event

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Thursday night saw some of Soul’s stars align in Washington D.C, where they joined forces for President Obama‘s 12th ‘In Performance at the White House‘ series.

This time, it was contributions made by the ‘Women of Soul’ that were celebrated, boasting performances from Janelle Monae, Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin.

Unfortunately, though nothing could taint the night’s celebratory vibe, a backstage incident between Franklin and Labelle threatened to do so, when the pair came face to face…on camera.

What happened next?

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‘Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House’ will be broadcast April 7, only on PBS.

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  1. March 11, 2014 at 3:28 am
    BarbzRUs says:


  2. March 11, 2014 at 3:30 am
    KimKCameToSlay says:

    Oh s***.

  3. March 11, 2014 at 3:33 am
    Lana Del Slay says:

    Oh my.

  4. March 11, 2014 at 3:35 am
    BeyBeyKing says:

    What kind of vintage beef?

  5. March 11, 2014 at 3:39 am
    ASipofBrandy says:

    Well damn.

  6. March 11, 2014 at 3:40 am
    FentySoSnatched says:

    This Beyonce and Rihanna in fourty years. Rihanna is Aretha.

  7. March 11, 2014 at 3:48 am
    BeYAWNce says:

    HATEretha Franklin & Patti LaHELLe? QUEEN Lahelle all the wayyyyyyyyyy

  8. March 11, 2014 at 3:52 am
    BeyWhoUWanna says:

    The word is FORTY and the answer is no. This is Rihanna and her bank manager in forty years. Rihanna is Patti.

  9. March 11, 2014 at 4:20 am
    NENE says:


  10. March 11, 2014 at 4:25 am
    Yea ok says:

    Retha swerved on patti. But no shade…Patti would drag her.

  11. March 11, 2014 at 4:30 am
    Theman says:

    Lol Patti IS THE BEST.. !!!! HATER !!!!

  12. March 11, 2014 at 4:31 am
    Check Your Lipstick Before You Come & Talk To Me says:

    Nice to know that these divas still got some shadiness to spread upon the world, this GIF is golden! Side note, imagine the shade Naomi Campbell will be serving at their age, looking forward to it!

  13. March 11, 2014 at 4:44 am

    This is SHADE on its finest!

  14. March 11, 2014 at 4:59 am
    AGIST says:

    There is a picture of them taking a picture together at the white house though and they’re both smiling with their heads touching! It’s on the Huffington psot – look it up!

    I dont think this was shade!!!

    She was just walking through the crowd and didn’t shake anybody’s hand. I think when she walked past patti she was going to shake her hand, i mean, she looked her right in the face.

  15. March 11, 2014 at 4:59 am
    Touché says:

    Yaaaaaaas! Now this is what you call classic shade. Do your stuff Hateretha.

  16. March 11, 2014 at 5:21 am
    NickiBEENBad says:

    She walked, noticed her, looked her dead in the eye and SWERVED.

  17. March 11, 2014 at 5:33 am
    the truth honey says:

    Sam what shade??!! These lil fagssss on here cosignin and there was NOT shade. Those two respect each other and r kewl. These pathetic sissies on here cosignin to sum bs u posted just for the hell of it should b slapped huntae! (Brnds over and pats ass at this dumb post)

  18. March 11, 2014 at 5:44 am
    FAF says:

    Now this is shade they don’t hate eachother tho, it’s all in good fun.. Lol

  19. March 11, 2014 at 6:19 am
    SADE says:

    OUCH! Hateretha seems cant let go the beef. Classic LEGENDS

  20. March 11, 2014 at 6:20 am
    MRB says:

    DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need a coat from that shade! That was real cold LMFAO!!

  21. March 11, 2014 at 6:21 am
    SADE says:

    They really need to do “Belting For Burger Battle”

  22. March 11, 2014 at 6:37 am
    Suicide Blonde says:

    Lol, i f****** love it, Aretha is that b****!

  23. March 11, 2014 at 7:27 am
    dastarkidd says:

    There was no shade in that, you can clearly see that Aretha reached her hand back to grab to touch Patti’s hand. You can see that Aretha is looking for Patti’s hand as she is walking down the isle. They are friends not enemies, so there is no shade.

  24. March 11, 2014 at 7:59 am
    ( TEAM CHARDONNAY ) says:

    Lol beyonce is paty…..aretha is brandy lmbo…….poor yonce

  25. March 11, 2014 at 8:05 am
    Maleficento says:

    Patti looks haute. Aretha is a fvcking jealous beach.

    Obviously it was a neglect.

  26. March 11, 2014 at 8:09 am
    King Ellie says:

    Aretha has always been a mean, spiteful b**** but I guess she gets a pass because she’s a legend? Sorry but I don’t think it’s cute when a 70 year old is acting like a 20 year old f*****. #teampatti #teamwhitney

  27. March 11, 2014 at 8:15 am
    Lovebird says:

    Got 2 be real

  28. March 11, 2014 at 8:18 am
    DIGGER BEY says:

    Lmao Now that’s what you call Diva Shade! Both are true and real divas. Queen Aretha has always been like that lol. I remember when THE QUEEN called Tina Turner THE QUEEN and ALL HELL BROKE LOSE LMAO. Don’t fawk with Queen Aretha or Patti. I bet Patti was saying in her head ” I should slap this old b*tch down”! #THAT’S PATTI

  29. March 11, 2014 at 8:24 am
    DIGGER BEY says:

    The BRocka stan…..h** keep it cute. Why the hell would THE QUEEN wanna touch Brandy for anyway KIIII

  30. March 11, 2014 at 9:17 am
    Jessica says:

    I smell a new episode of gots 2 be real!! That parody gives so much life and this legendary beef must be true ijs!! I think this will bran and Bey years later lol this is shade is epic right here

  31. March 11, 2014 at 10:20 am
    RoyalKev says:

    Smh @ Aretha being so messy at her age! It seems like the ones with the biggest talent are the most humble and classy!

  32. March 11, 2014 at 10:29 am
    mo says:

    U guys are on some BS!! i know u guys saw Tessanne Chin The Voice 2013 winner from Jamaica in that same performance!!

  33. March 11, 2014 at 10:49 am
    RDK says:

    Aretha Franklin is one cool Deva, that’s one of the most badass moves i ever seen in a while. don’t touch me i don’t wanna see that. anyways on a real though i respect her and ms patti they are legends.

  34. March 11, 2014 at 10:50 am
    RG2 says:

    LMAOOOO I can’t wait for the new episode of Got2BReal. Even though the show ended last year, I can only imagine how Patti Lahelle will use this footage.

  35. March 11, 2014 at 10:50 am
    Krista says:

    I can’t stand divas like this. b**** sit tf down. Pattie seems like a much nicer person. Not jealous and bitter like Hateretha.

  36. March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am
    Grandmas's Tea says:

    The Queen (slayretha) simply didn’t want Patti’s wig hair on her Fox fur Coat…

  37. March 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    JER says:


  38. March 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    Slayretha Franklin says:

    You guys are REACHING. Aretha and Patti hugged after her performance.

  39. March 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    cocobutta says:

    New season of “Gots to be Real” best be made just for this

  40. March 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    Red says:

    I am a huge fan of both LEGENDS!!! let me just say that this is ridiculous!!! It did not happen that way!! if you go one youtube and look at the entire footage you will see patti and aretha hug and embrace each other after aretha’s performance…did later on when aretha sings amazing grace, you’ll see patti having great emotions..PEOPLE ARE READING TOO MUCH ON THIS!! both admire each other..Patti was asked by Aretha to sing at her wedding, then Aretha wanted Patti to be a judge with her on American Idol..there’s no shade at all..these divas have always love one another and had only great things to say about one another

  41. March 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
    DIAMONDS says:


  42. March 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    NT says:

    @ Diamonds , you don’t know who Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin are , two of the greatest singers EVER?

  43. March 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    DIAMONDS says:

    @NT I was kidding

  44. March 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    FutureCIARA says:



  45. March 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    FutureCIARA says:



  46. March 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm
    JustJoe says:

    That has to be Brandy(Patty) and Monica(Aretha) still angry after brandy slayed her at the 98Mtv awards the boy is mine perfomance

  47. March 12, 2014 at 10:01 am
    Josh says:

    I respect Aretha in all her accomplishments. But in reality this is not the first time she’s acted this way. I watched her posture on The Kelley and Michael show last thanksgiving, and she was so rude to the both of them to the point I couldn’t stand to watch it anymore. Its like she’s mad at somebody.. And she is a legend but she should let her works speak for her and quit acting so silly… God Bless Aretha, and yes it was Grace that brought you thus far, don’t forget..

  48. March 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    The Griot says:

    Aretha and Patti are long-time and loyal friends. No drama. No beef. They admire and respect each other. I have spoken with friends have worked for both on tour who know the real deal.

    People make stuff up and would rather believe the gossip and the lies. Some find it entertaining.

    This item mentions a backstage incident – but doesn’t offer any facts. It offers video then relies on viewers to speculate.

  49. March 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm
    Nikita Fenty says:

    Sis, that is Beyonce and her youth… in 2014. Beyonce is Patti.

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