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

Published: Tuesday 11th Mar 2014 by David

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?

Didn’t catch it the first time?


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

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  1. BarbzRUs March 11, 2014


  2. KimKCameToSlay March 11, 2014

    Oh s***.

  3. Lana Del Slay March 11, 2014

    Oh my.

  4. BeyBeyKing March 11, 2014

    What kind of vintage beef?

  5. ASipofBrandy March 11, 2014

    Well damn.

  6. FentySoSnatched March 11, 2014

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

  7. BeYAWNce March 11, 2014

    HATEretha Franklin & Patti LaHELLe? QUEEN Lahelle all the wayyyyyyyyyy

  8. BeyWhoUWanna March 11, 2014

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

  9. NENE March 11, 2014


  10. Yea ok March 11, 2014

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

  11. Theman March 11, 2014

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

  12. Check Your Lipstick Before You Come & Talk To Me March 11, 2014

    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!


    This is SHADE on its finest!

  14. AGIST March 11, 2014

    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. Touché March 11, 2014

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

  16. NickiBEENBad March 11, 2014

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

  17. the truth honey March 11, 2014

    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. FAF March 11, 2014

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

  19. SADE March 11, 2014

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

  20. MRB March 11, 2014

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

  21. SADE March 11, 2014

    They really need to do “Belting For Burger Battle”

  22. S****** Blonde March 11, 2014

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

  23. dastarkidd March 11, 2014

    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. ( TEAM CHARDONNAY ) March 11, 2014

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

  25. Maleficento March 11, 2014

    Patti looks haute. Aretha is a fvcking jealous beach.

    Obviously it was a neglect.

  26. King Ellie March 11, 2014

    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. Lovebird March 11, 2014

    Got 2 be real

  28. DIGGER BEY March 11, 2014

    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. DIGGER BEY March 11, 2014

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

  30. Jessica March 11, 2014

    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. RoyalKev March 11, 2014

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

  32. mo March 11, 2014

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

  33. RDK March 11, 2014

    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. RG2 March 11, 2014

    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. Krista March 11, 2014

    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. Grandmas’s Tea March 11, 2014

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

  37. JER March 11, 2014


  38. Slayretha Franklin March 11, 2014

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

  39. cocobutta March 11, 2014

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

  40. Red March 11, 2014

    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. DIAMONDS March 11, 2014


  42. NT March 11, 2014

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

  43. DIAMONDS March 11, 2014

    @NT I was kidding

  44. FutureCIARA March 11, 2014



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  46. JustJoe March 11, 2014

    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. Josh March 12, 2014

    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. The Griot March 12, 2014

    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. Nikita Fenty March 13, 2014

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

  50. Rose August 18, 2018

    More like “b*tch, don’t touch my coat!” lol

  51. Cheryl Willuams August 19, 2018

    This is not shade. They both took a loving photo TOGETHER earlier in the night. Aretha didn’t want to shake any ones hand because she is a germaphobe. The only hand she touched was the presidents. This shade post is b*******. Just trying to cause trouble

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