It’s 2021 and we’re a year into a deadly pandemic and Dionne Warwick is the Godmother of Twitter. Who would have thought we’d be here? Anyway, as the general end all be all of music and well, Twitter these days, when Ms. Warwick speaks, it is advised well listen. After all, she didn’t get to 80 years old and being the most charting living woman in America by p*ssy footing around.
In a recent chat held with TrueExclusives, she responded to questions about what it takes to become a legend in the industry saying, “I don’t know. I just know when that status is reached, we know who they are. But what it takes, I don’t know. I wish I had the answer. I know it takes more than a hit record. I know that. There are many who never had a hit record who we know that are icons. Lena Horne, for one.”
When asked about Mariah Carey being a legend, she had this to say. “I don’t know. I don’t know her that well. I love her music. She writes incredibly well. ‘Hero’ happens to be one of my favorite songs that she wrote. I’d have to give that one thought.”
Regarding 7 time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton and whether she’s an icon, she said, “I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s something that Toni would want; if that where she feels she’s heading. I think she’s enjoying her status as a recording artist. I enjoy watching and hearing her. I don’t know if it’s something she wishes to accomplish or not. That’s another one I’ll have to give thought to.”
Now before you all start clawing the screen, none of the above is shade. Remember Ms. Warwick is 80 and she comes from a different generation. I remmeber a debate some years ago where singer Lil Mo said Beyonce was this generation’s Michael Jackson. When people responded in an uproar, she asked “well who else would you pick for that title?” And there was silence. Considering the last 30 years of music and the catalogs of these women and the era they reigned supreme in, most of the rest of us would likely consider them legends. And the rest of you just have no taste.