"A TONE deaf woman was booted off an aeroplane for refusing to stop singing Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You." There's video, but trust me, you've got the idea already.
By way of eulogy to the dying animal that is the Diva, my crack team of consultants, statisticians and graphic designers have assembled DIVA-OFF 2010, a highly scientific (we used computers!) evaluation of the greatest divas of the past twenty-five years. A list of divas was evaluated on eleven levels of diva-ness, and, because each diva characteristic is not created equal, we scaled the values in the hopes of creating an aggregate diva number that will serve as a reference point for future generations.
Here is why we needed to do this. On April 14, 1998, at the Beacon Theater in New York City, VH1 put on a [...]
I guess I need to get over this thing where I hear the theme song from "Growing Pains" every time I see Robin Thicke. Because he's totally turning into his generation's Michael McDonald. To some people that may sound like a bad thing. But it is really a good thing. Above, Thicke pays tribute to Whitney Houston with a beautiful cover version of her "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".
"Within her context, there was never a singing star who shone as brightly as Whitney Houston. The run was shorter than almost every one of her competitors, but diva greatness is not a marathon, but rather, a shining example of the possibility of the human being. There will probably never be another Aretha—certainly, the Beyonce BORG and the militias of teenybopper chart-toppers seem to indicate the end of her era—but it's probable that the never-to-be-famous next Aretha is singing in some church, somewhere. She exists but she simply will never be. Whitney, on the other hand, stretches what we can reasonably comprehend—how could we ever expect to see another [...]