When it was announced that Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle would be facing off in the next VERZUZ battle, fans of all ages rejoiced at the potential for greatness. The moment did not disappoint, as the legendary vocalists were in top form and sealed the deal with a surprise guest that took things over the top.
With both ladies looking dashing and comfortable all at once, the event took place on stage at The Filmore venue in Philadelphia, Pa. Sitting in comfy lounge chairs, the gorgeous grandmoms chatted about their children, grandchildren, and other tidbits such as cooking recipes and the like. It wasn’t unlike watching two old friends catch up and reminisce.
However, when it came time to sing, LaBelle was ready to make this more than a lovefest. However, Knight came prepared too and it goes without saying that a tour with these two would be a dream come true.
LaBelle shined with songs like “New Attitude,” and “You Are My Friend,” while Knight showed out with “Neither One Of Us,” and “If I Were Your Woman” as well.
Of course, Patti wouldn’t be Patti if she didn’t kick off her shoes, and she even got really into the spirit of the show when her song “Feels Like Another One” played and Big Daddy Kane’s feature verse played. Other highlights included LaBelle proudly admitting she still has a flip phone and Knight too also stood up to belt out those honeyed vocals.
At the end of the set, Dionne Warwick joined the ladies for an emotionally-driving performance of “That’s What Friends Are For” which had some folks on Instagram Live ready to reach out to their besties. In all, it was not unlike the joyous affair that was Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu.
Across Twitter, the reactions have been ongoing since the ending of the VERZUZ stream, and we’ve got them listed out below.
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Still thinking about this and trying to carry this mood for rest of 2020:— Ayesha Rascoe (@ayesharascoe) September 14, 2020
Patti - Sometimes I over sing
Gladys - No you don't!
Patti - But, it's the gift God gave me#Verzuz
How amazing to celebrate legends when they're still with us ❤️ Thankyou #Verzuz— Andrea Gough (@andreag243) September 14, 2020
This was everything.. It was emotional! Vocals, conversation, surprise guest.. Just Iconic ❤️ #GladysVSPatti 👑💐👑💐 pic.twitter.com/Rf2TKW7baE
The Auntie Infinity Stones:— Mars. (@MarsinCharge) September 14, 2020
Ms. Patti LaBelle
Ms. Gladys Knight
Ms. Tina Turner
Ms. Aretha Franklin
Ms. Dionne Warwick
Ms. Diana Ross
Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle singing together in 2020. Wow! pic.twitter.com/p7oaED4yfl— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) September 14, 2020
🗣 Babies take notes!!!— WellTheTruthIs (@truth_well) September 14, 2020
Gladys Knight sounded absolutely effortless singing “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Timeless vocals & looks from both she & Patti LaBelle. 😍 #Verzuz #verzuzbattle pic.twitter.com/s3zZCpnMeH
You have Patti LaBelle & Gladys Knight, who are legends, talking about having better singers than them on their stages and letting them have their shine. Meanwhile, a lot of new acts are hellbent on being the best/only. #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/OIODMI2o78— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) September 14, 2020