Friday, July 19, 2024

Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle Score 600,000 Viewers for Instagram Verzuz Show with Surprise Guest Dionne Warwick


Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle scored 600,000 viewers for their Instagram Verzuz show which less a death cage match than a love in between the two famous singers.

There were plenty of celebrities live on line watching, too, including Mariah Carey, Holly Robinson Peete, Jimmy Jam Harris, Johnta Austin, Janet Jackson, Larenz Tate, LaToya Luckett and many more.

Gladys and Patti sang a lot of their hits, some together even, and to track. Patti sat for most of the show and at one point did her make up and changed shoes while Gladys was singing! Gladys jumped up a lot while she sang because she couldn’t stop herself. They talked a lot about their voices changing, but they sounded the same as ever, like gold.

They hosted themselves, and did a fine job for women in their mid 70s who’ve seen and done it all. Who won? We did! Dionne Warwick joined them for two songs at the end including “Superwoman.”

I hope Verzuz will put this thing somewhere we can embed it and play it for you. A historic night!

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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