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Dionne doubts whether Beyonce can touch iconic status

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American Singer Dionne Warwick, who recently released her new album 'She's Back', is doubtful of pop queen Beyonce ability to sustain her musical career and become as iconic as musicians from the sixties era.

According to People, the 78-year-old singer said while she appreciates Beyonce's growth, but she said she was doubtful whether her career will reach iconic levels.

"I have an admiration for Beyonce Knowles, Carter now. Watching her growth has been quite refreshing. It's wonderful to see how she's been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is... very proud of that, I really am," said Warwick.

Dionne said she doubted whether Beyonce could sustain and become as big as Frank Sinatra or Johnny Mathis.

"Now sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that" Warwick added.

She continued to express her doubts against Beyonce and said, "And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status? It's a long road [ahead]."

However, the singer is thoroughly impressed by today's generation."The youngsters are doing it," she said during the interview.

Dionne Warwick was born in New Jersey and began her singing career at the young age of 19. She soon became a successful singer by 1964 with two top singles: "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "Walk On By" -- both written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

In 1966 she released the hits 'Michael to Michael' and her version of 'I Say A Little Prayer' and later in 1968 won her first Grammy Award for 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 22:09 IST