Essence magazine got the Beyhive buzzing with its new article about Dionne Warwick and Beyoncé.
The article, published this week, claimed that the five-time Grammy-winning “Say A Little Prayer” singer does not believe Beyoncé has put in the body of work to yet be considered among the icons of music.
“I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status, it’s a long road [ahead],” Warwick told the magazine.
On Thursday, Warwick took to Twitter to comment on the article, tweeting: “What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”
During the interview, the “That’s What Friends Are For” singer laughed when asked if there are any classic songs among today’s music. “Not yet,” she stated. “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.”
The late Whitney Houston’s aunt, Warwick is among the biggest hitmakers in pop and R&B from the ’60s through the ’90s. She has 80 singles on all Billboard charts combined, second only to Aretha Franklin.