Primary Menu

Music News

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Singer Gladys Knight (R) presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Patti LaBelle onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

On Sunday (Sept. 13), over 500,000 viewers watched Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle go head to head during a Verzuz battle. LaBelle changed into several different pairs of shoes throughout the event and Knight called for Brandy and Monica to “work it out.”

However, one of the most memorable moments from the Verzuz was when Knight and LaBelle brought out Dionne Warick to sing a few tunes. The trio swayed while singing Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” and Karyn White’s “Superwoman.”

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Dionne Warwick performs at the New York Stock Exchanges 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at New York Stock Exchange on December 5, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)

Before Warwick shared the stage with Knight and LaBelle at Philadelphia’s Fillmore the two legends played their hits, including “If Only You Knew,” “Love Overboard,” “Lady Marmalade” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” among others.

The two singers traded stories regarding their hit records and career highs. They also both spoke to their friendship and even talked about their cooking, which was used to advertise the highly-lauded Verzuz celebration.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 26: Singers Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle pose in the press room at the 2007 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Knight and LaBelle both created commercials for the series where they highlighted their chef skills and asked each other what they were making for the event. Both artists appeared to be excited for the history-making event.

LaBelle confirmed her excitement at the beginning of the battle. “We are so happy to be together,” LaBelle said, kicking off the livestreamed event. “We’ve been together for many, many, many years.”

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.