The Diva: Beyonce Knowles
Why She Makes Us Blush: Have you looked at Beyonce lately? Like, seriously. Despite the fact that she's just one year removed from giving birth to her beautiful baby Blue Ivy, Bey looks better than ever. And, she's also got more ambition and drive in her left pinky than most people do in their entire bodies. So, she deserves to be labeled a diva. She's worked really, really hard for it.
The Diva: Mariah Carey
Why She Makes Us Blush: Like a fine wine, Mariah—you know you're a diva when you only need one name!—has only gotten better with age. She looks more beautiful than she ever has. She sounds incredible every time she takes the stage. And, she remains connected to all of the young people in the country through her appearances on American Idol. Although she's been in the game for a long time now, Mariah hasn't lost her golden touch.
The Diva: Jennifer Lopez
Why She Makes Us Blush: J-Lo could have retired about a decade ago and lived happily ever after. She's got two beautiful babies now and she could have devoted her entire life to raising them. But, that's simply not enough for her! In addition to raising her kids, she also wants to sing…and dance…and act…and, well, we think you get the point! J-Lo is always pushing boundaries and taking on new gigs in order to expand her resume. And, that's something that her kids will be able to look up to when they get older. That mindset and approach to life has turned her into a real diva in our book.
The Diva: Nicki Minaj
Why She Makes Us Blush: She may not have all the experience that some of the other divas on this list have. But, Ms. Minaj more than makes up for it with her no-holds-barred approach to life. She is a diva because she demands to be treated like one and doesn't accept anything but the best in her life. So, before it's all said and done, we're sure that she's going to be every bit as beloved and respected as any of the other divas on this list. Remember where you heard it first!
The Diva: Jennifer Hudson
Why She Makes Us Blush: A diva needs to be strong. Really, really strong. When things get tough, she needs to stand up for herself and tell the world that she's not going to cower in the corner. And, that's exactly what J-Hud has done in recent years. She's experienced tragedy in her life, but she hasn't let it keep her down. And, as a result of it, she's stronger than ever today, and she's making major moves both in her personal life and her professional life.
The Diva: Janet Jackson
Why She Makes Us Blush: It's been three decades since Ms. Jackson signed her first recording contract with A&M. That's right—three decades! And, yet, you'd never guess that by looking at her. She looks just as gorgeous as she ever did. She still has what it takes to make hit records. And, when she walks down the red carpet, she doesn't have to yell to command attention. She is soft-spoken and respectful of everyone that she encounters. But, that doesn't mean that people don't love and admire the way she carries herself. She knows exactly how to handle being a diva.
The Diva: Toni Braxton
Why She Makes Us Blush: At this point in her life, Ms. Braxton has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She's been a top-selling recording artist and gone through a painful period of her life that included her filing for bankruptcy. But, she's never stopped. She's never thrown in the towel. She's never quit on herself. Those are all things that have helped her become a diva. No wonder she's still going strong, more than two decades after she started her singing career.
The Diva: Faith Evans
Why She Makes Us Blush: As the former wife of The Notorious B.I.G., Faith will forever have a place in hip-hop's heart. She was instrumental in helping Biggie jumpstart his career and she has hits for days. But, she's never exploited that. She's never disgraced Biggie's name—or her own reputation—by exploiting what they had together. And, at the same time, she's kept herself relevant by recording new music, staying in constant contact with her fans, and continuing on with her solo career. In our eyes, that makes her a really special person—and a diva.
The Diva: Christina Aguilera
Why She Makes Us Blush: Can any of the divas on this list sing as well as Christina can? There may be one or two that could give her a run for her money. But, we're willing to put her up against any of her fellow divas and we think she'd be able to compete. And, yet, people are just starting to recognize what a great run she's had during her career. It's not over, either! We expect this diva to continue to make beautiful music well into the future and to continue to make us proud.