Aretha. Celine. Whitney. Mariah. The ultimate divas.
Miley. Katy. RiRi. Gaga. The … ummm?
We hardly blink an eye when Lady Gaga gets puked on, or when Madonna attempts to stay relevant by performing with Miley Cyrus. And how about Rihanna? She’s too busy on Instagram to be belting out her beloved hits. Seriously, what happened to our divas?
HuffPost Live took on the subject of divas with a little help from host Caitlyn Becker, who asked, “What defines a diva?”
“There are really four ingredients for a diva,” guest Gerren Keith Gaynor of CentricTV.com explained. “You have to actually be dominating the charts, you have to actually be talented, you have to have longevity and you also have to carry a certain level of grace and a certain level of mystique about you.”
But do the “pop stars” of today have those four ingredients? Not entirely.
“We live in an industry where we have the bootleg or manufactured diva, and not an actual talented diva,” Gaynor went on to add, explaining that, in Lady Gaga’s case, the gimmicks have overshadowed her talent. “We should stop throwing around the word diva like it’s candy … it’s not.”
Singers including Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus may be dominating the Billboard charts, but they don’t seem to have the same effect Mariah Carey or Aretha Franklin had on their audiences. Lately, Queen Beyonce seems to be the only songstress keeping the diva torch alive, with a little help from her friends J.Lo, Kelly Clarkson and Adele — who is, technically, still working her way to that prestigious status.
As renowned singer Patti LaBelle said earlier this year, today’s “divas” are “little heifers who can’t sing.”
“The diva has gone the way of the dinosaur,” Kara Miller of TheLifestylista.comstated.