Patti LaBelle Says ‘All These Little Heifers Who Can’t Sing Are Called Divas’

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By: / January 23, 2014

Patti LaBelle has been known for giving zero f*cks. The iconic songstress and classy queen of Shade recently slammed other vocalists crowding the game, particularly those who call themselves “divas”.

In an interview with PrideSource, the 69-year-old was not here for being called the D-word or anything close to it. Matter fact, all you ladies with a hit record who call yourselves as such can’t sing and it’s not cute, at least that’s what she said.

Check the excerpts below.

For you, what does it mean to be a diva?
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. “Diva” is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.

Is there a negative connotation to it now?
Yeah, because 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. 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.

But it used to be a respectable term at some point.

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.

Would’ve loved for Ms. LaBelle to just wild out like Kendrick on “Control” and name names or even offer up her two cents on Beyonce, who after all runs the world and had a little ditty called “Diva” (see below). Also, read the full Q&A here.