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Dionne Warwick is an absolute legend and one of the first black women singers who paved the way for legends like Beyonce to flourish. However, her recent comments on what makes someone iconic has rubbed the Beyhive the wrong way and an uncivil war has erupted on these here internets.

During an interview with ESSENCE, Warwick had this to say:

“It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

This, of course, was taken as shade because she didn’t bow down and kiss Bey’s ring. However, she took to Twitter to clarify in a now-deleted tweet that read:

“What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

It didn’t matter as a generational war had erupted. BeyHive Twitter was trying to come for Dionne while Auntie Twitter has her back and is re-dragging the Hive. See the tweets below…



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7 thoughts on “Dionne Warwick Says Beyonce Isn’t An Icon… Yet

  1. Sorry but Dionne is right. I love Ms. B but she is not there yet. She maybe on her way but it still too early. These artists want to do a few things, wear body shorts, etc and now some people want to put them up again people like Michael Jackson, Prince, Arthea, etc. not. A lot of what is seen today is nothing new. Even when those artists were influence by their great, they created a style on their own that became unique. That is the difference as well

    • Whitney had a VOICE like no other. She was unique. And her voice is what is measured by when people sing the Anthem now.

  2. Reefer smoking Dionne. Why hate on Beyonce she had her time. Black folks always hate one another when one becomes successful.
    What good ever come out of New Jersey

  3. Faith Ferebee on said:

    Dionne is right, what Beyoncé does anybody can do performing always in a bathing suit shaking your behind in not iconic at all, You will not know in 5-10 years what she sing. Icon music last forever, example… Marvin Gaye, Temptation, Maze, Phylis Hyman, Aretha. jus to name a few

  4. S,D, on said:

    She does have a long way to go and shaking her ass ain’t gonna last that long… can’t shake your way to class and iconic status. Dionne got it right!!

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