14. Beyonce- The augmented version of Diana Ross. Singer/Songwriter and Diva supreme. If she goes beyond her formula she may move up.
16. Diana Ross- The Boss, yes. THE diva, yes. Now, when you push all that aside what is really there. * Puts on riot gear* Every countdown has some outrageous moment to stir things up but in this case I think it is justified. Is Diana a great singer? No. Is Diana a great producer? No. Is Diana a great songwriter? No. Style counts for a lot( As well as a machine headed by the label boss ) that is what puts the Boss here.
If you're mad just ask yourself this.
In a stripped-down format in the form of UNPLUGGED or STORYTELLERS could Diana Ross compete with the other artists on the list?
Let's take a look at some of Ms. Ross' previous work. Let's strip down the material and make it just about the vocals. UNPLUGGED. Here's an example. From the soundtrack of the movie, "It's My Turn" an acapella sampling:
truly a singer... and a Diva. She had a unseasoned voice when she first started out but she cultivated that voice into something that few singers of her time ever had: She sang with style, attitude and with confidence. That's the quality she possesed that drew people to her.
Another example, from the soundtrack of "Endless Love" an acapella duet with Lionel Richie:
She didn't have a strong voice on the level of a Patti Labelle or even a 'Evelyn Champagne' King but Diana Ross knew how to emote very well on her songs; she was essentially 'acting'
through song and everyone was feeling her. She produced a few songs here and there but she could interpret songs well and has proven to be compatible with the variety of producers in her catalogue. To be honest, she was beyond
the R&B catagory because she was in a class by herself.
In my humble opinion, the reason Beyonce's voice doesn't have my attention is simply because I'm waiting for something spectacular to emerge from her. She hasn't done that to me, yet.
I would place what Brandy does over Beyonce any day, any, month, any year.
11. Evelyn 'Champagne' King - She also had the voice of the 'girl next door'. Who didn't
want to hang with Champagne back-in-th'-day?
12. Whitney Houston
13. Alicia Keys - I enjoy watching her grow with each music project.
14. Mary J Blige - A very distinct voice that sang with more sorrow than anyone else.
15. Teena Marie - Did 'blue-eyed soul' better than most 'brown-eyes'.
16. Brandy - I enjoy watching her grow musically, too!