Dionne Warwick found out the hard way that you do NOT mess with the Beyhive.
In a recent interview with Essence, the legend was asked about what it means to be an icon in the music industry. Since she’s been making music for sixty years – at least – she’s well qualified to answer the question. Where she made her mistake was bringing up Beyoncé.
“I have an admiration for Beyoncé Knowles," Warwick said. "Watching her grow has been quite refreshing. 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 am. Now, sustaining and become the 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 before? Those names? It’s a long road."
After Mrs. Carter’s fans called Whitney Houston’s cousin every name under the sun, she went back and said, “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.”