Saturday, May 25, 2024

Gladys Knight vs. Patti Labelle: The Most Amazing Verzuz Face Off Is Coming Live This Sunday


This may be the greatest singing match in history, with a death cage: Gladys Knight vs. Patti Labelle. This Sunday at 8pm the two legendary singers will face each other on Verzuz’s Instagram page. Who will win? I know both ladies so I can’t take sides. I do know that in heaven Miss Aretha Franklin is laying bets with Ruth Brown, Etta James, Mary Wells, and a number of her frenemies. Dionne Warwick will be watching this from New Jersey, no doubt. This is like Ali vs. Frazier.

There have been a number of Verzuz matches in the last few weeks, but this one should really pack a punch. It’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” vs. “New Attitude.” It’s “Neither One of Us” vs. “If Only You Knew.” Can they bring in backup? Will Gladys have her brother Pip, Bubba, in the corner? Patti get Sarah Dash or Nona Hendryx to help with “Lady Marmalade”? Will there be any mascara left at the Fillmore in Philadelphia?

Brace yourselves!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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