We asked and boy, did you answer. With a whopping total of over 21,000 votes, the faithful fans of Aretha, Celine, Cher, Diana, Janet, Madonna, Mariah, Patti, Tina, and Whitney replied in groves to support their favorites in this showdown. One of our best yet, we asked ‘Who is the ultimate diva’? In arenas of fashion, influence, and more, you voiced your opinion on which of the aforementioned divas reigned supreme.
‘Control’ diva Janet Jackson was undoubtedly in control of this panel, sweeping most of the categories. But does she come out on top?
Without further adieu, the results of the tight race to choose the ultimate diva await:
*All polls represent data calculated by 12a.m., January 16th*
Diva. A word, much like ‘flop’, ‘epic’, and ‘underrated’, that has, in years of late, seen itself overused and overextended to any chick who ever owned an ounce of relevancy. But, before it was a household term, there were a select few who denoted ‘diva’ effortlessly, helping to turn the term into the epitome of estrogenic swag that it is today. And while every genre has its set of leading ladies, there are some whose range defied limits – unable to be captured by any musical mode. In such, they captured the hearts of legions of fans and earned the title ‘diva’ by merit and not self-christening.
The divine 9 (plus 1…) – Aretha, Celine, Diana, Janet, Madonna, Mariah, Patti, Tina, and Whitney need no introduction. By mention of mononym alone, these musical monarchs inspire applause. So, in one of our most epic showdowns yet, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to tell us who dominates the diva domain?
In areas of performance, fashion, and overall influence, cast your vote for the ultimate as the Pop elite faceoff after the jump. They paved the way and set the bar for the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more to glide their heels across, but they’re still the few your faves are still trying to be…
Jennifer Hudson hit the stage at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party last weekend. The thunderous singer performed both the 1st single from her upcoming ‘I Remember Me’ album, ‘Where You At’, as well as a tribute to Aretha Franklin with the song ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’.
Fantasia phoned BET’s ’106 & Park’ last evening. While talking to the show’s hosts about winning her 1st ever Grammy Award at Sunday’s ceremony, the R&B singer revealed the reason why she didn’t attend the show – her omission from the Aretha Franklin tribute.
Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson have been busy rehearsing for their performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony this Sunday. Alongside Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride, the powerhouse vocalists will be honoring the mother of all divas, Aretha Franklin.
Expect the group to open their tribute to Franklin with ‘Natural Woman’, followed by individual renditions of her classic hits. Aguilera will be performing ‘Ain’t No Way’, McBride will sing ‘Until You Come Back to Me’, Welch will do ‘Think’, Hudson will belt ‘Respect’ and Adams will bring Gospel with ‘Spirit in the Dark’.
All 5 women will then close with a group performance of ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves’. See what Hudson had to say about the exciting show below:
In what could possibly be a make or break moment in her career, Christina Aguilera is reportedly scheduled to open the 2011 Grammy Awards. The former chart-topper will supposedly team up with fellow vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson and 3 other artists at the February 13th event to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
The stakes for this performance could not be any higher. Franklin is one of the most renowned artists of our time so there is not doubt that all eyes will be fixed on that segment.
Regardless of the current condition of her voice and the scathing backlash that she received for her performance at the Super Bowl, Aguilera would still be taking a huge risk by attempting to cover Franklin’s music. In fact, very few singers ever dare to tackle Franklin’s records because of incredible complexity of her arrangements.
If Aguilera thinks that she can get away with screaming her way through the performance like she did with her James Browntribute in 2007 then she is sorely mistaken. She needs to be careful because this could be all that is needed for the general public to turn their backs on her for good.
With reports surfacing this week that she is experiencing serious health complications, I see no better time than the present to pay homage to the Queen, Aretha Franklin. Hence, this week’s From The Vault features the icon belting out one of her signatures tunes - ‘A Natural Woman’. Alongside Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Carol King (the song’s writer), Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain, Franklin created a legendary moment in television at Vh1′s ‘Divas Live’ in 1998.
There is absolutely no question that Franklin is the most influential artist of the last 50 years. Every singer to emerge in the industry after her arrival has been inspired by her voice, either directly or indirectly. From Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston to Mariah to Beyonce to Lady GaGa, there isn’t a single artist who can deny her influence on their music.
Moreover, Franklin personifies the very meaning of the word ‘diva’. She is more than just an act with a few hits – she is a woman who has changed the game, establishing a legacy that will live on for generations.
Thus, that filth that Vh1 aired last weekend - ‘Vh1 Divas: Salute The Troops’ – should be viewed as an insult to her and all of the other singers who previously appeared on the show. Still, I digress. Long live the Queen!
As you may remember, we posted fan footage of Shakiraperforming on NBC’s annual Christmas special. Well last evening the network finally aired the event, ‘Christmas In Rockafella Center’. Peep the performances from Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Shakira below: