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I was very shy. I’m still shy.
– Patti LaBelle
I decided to always sing in the back with the chorus and never went up front because I had trouble performing.
I just sing the stuff that makes me smile, makes me feel like I didn’t sell myself out.
I’m very spontaneous.
So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
You’ve got to know business before you go to show business.
I don’t feel as though I have to prove anything to anybody.
I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone.
I love Canadians because I don’t see very much racism in Canada.
I keep showing decade after decade that I am a real performer.
I’m 60, and I did 60-year-old women songs. I’m not trying to be the Hip-Hop Queen, although I am the original Hip Hop Queen.
I can’t do some of the songs that younger girls like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce are doing. They have their own place and I have my own place.
So if anybody wants to get me something, get me 60 crabs – one for each year. I don’t want no diamonds, I don’t want no shoes, I don’t want no party. I want some crabs.
I have to go 150 percent or nothing at all.
A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
You don’t have to be an angel, just be someone who can give.
I’ll perform all the way to the grave.
I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.
All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.
When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, black and white – it’s amazing that I’m able to connect with so many different kinds of people.
I truly respect the people who are working. If they want an autograph from Patti LaBelle, they are going to get it. I have never separated myself from them. I never think you are better than the next one.
I never thought I would be singing for the world.
I’m no different than you.
I’m very shy in a crowd.
People with no humor, they’re outta my life.
Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We’re kicking butt and taking no prisoners.