Legendary singer doubts Beyoncé will reach icon status

2019-05-24 11:37
Beyoncé at the 2019 NAACP awards. (PHOTO: Getty/Ga

Cape Town - Legendary singer Dionne Warwick doesn’t believe Beyoncé is an icon yet and doubts the Formation singer will ever reach that status.

During a recent interview with Essence, the 78-year-old icon questioned whether Bey’s career will reach the level of success that classic musicians from the sixties have, PEOPLE reports.

"I have an admiration for Beyoncé Knowles, Carter now. Watching her growth 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 really am," Warwick said.

"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."

"And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status? It’s a long road [ahead]"

"I don’t know if 10 years from now, anybody can actually sing the songs of our babies today. That’s not, as you guys say, 'throwing shade', it’s looking at it with reality."

However, the singer explained that this doesn’t mean she isn’t impressed by this generation’s talent.

“The youngsters are doing it,” Warwick told Essence.

Warwick, who began her career at the age of 19, is the cousin of the late singer Whitney Houston. She’s won five Grammy Awards and earned two No 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Fox News reports.

Sources: Essence, PEOPLE, Fox News

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