Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle to Face Off for Verzuz Battle: ‘Dress Up in Ya Sunday’s Best’

*Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle are set to face off on the next episode of the Verzuz battle series.

Their upcoming showdown will take place Sunday at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET and the virtual program is calling it the “Master Class we’ve ALL been waiting for.”

An announcement on the show’s Twitter page said viewers have “gotta get dressed up in ya Sunday’s best for this classic affair.” Check out the tweet below. 

The webcast previously featured music battles between singers Brandy and Monica, Babyface and Teddy Riley, and T.I. recently challenged rapper 50 Cent to a battle for the insanely popular Instagram Live series.

READ MORE: EUR Review: The Brandy Verzuz Monica Battle Was One for the Ages / Video

LaBelle previously revealed that before Dolly Parton turned over her hit record “I Will Always Love You” to Whitney Houston, she nearly recorded a cover of it herself.

The music legend appeared on Andy Cohen‘s “Watch What Happens Live” late last year and said Dolly personally asked her to cover the classic, PEOPLE reported. 

Houston recorded “I Will Love You” for the soundtrack of 1992’s “The Bodyguard,” and it turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the 90’s.

“I said to Dolly, ‘Oh yes, I want to do that song, honey!’ ” LaBelle recalled to Cohen. “But before I could say real yes, it was in the movie and Whitney killed it.”

“I was so happy Whitney got that song and it just went like it did. But Dolly Parton and I had planned. ‘Patti, you’re going to sing that song,’ ” LaBelle added. “Next! That’s how show-business is!”

Parton originally wrote and recorded the song in 1973 as a farewell to her former partner, Porter Wagoner. Her version spent 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100; while Houston’s version earned the 1993 Grammy Award for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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