We are no longer pumping out mega music divas as we have in decades past. A sign of the times? It’s so much harder now for a talented singer to ascend the super stardom ranks to diva status because of the decline in privacy, excessive push for quick hits, and fewer requirements to ink a record deal. The market is becoming diluted with acts that may not be as talented as their predecessors, but have a great personality or a cult following with social media and reality TV. Here are the Top 5 Things You Need to Be a Diva.
1. True Musical Aptitude – There is a certain caliber of artist that can be classified as a DIVA, and if you are not of this caliber you need not apply.
2. Presence – Mack Wilds concluded, “It’s all in someone’s swagger, their cadence, the way that they handle themselves, whether it be a red carpet or interview or even performances.” A Diva exudes confidence, strength, poise, power, and exceptional ability.
3. Be You – One thing that you can say about the many divas in music history such as Whitney, Mariah Carey, Patti Labelle, Mary J Blidge and more is that they stayed true to themselves. Nothing about a diva is imitation of a trend or another hot artist. She has found her voice, her lane and owns everything that makes her, her.
4. Be Bold – Bridget Kelly said it best: “a characteristic of a diva is to be bold and independent. (She) has to really command that attention and demand that respect.” In being bold, a Diva raises the bar for all other artists hovering in the genre or attempting to swerve in her lane.
5. Major Moments of Amazement – People have to be moved and captivated by you in order for you to be considered a diva. A diva makes people want to live in her moments and assimilate into her lifestyle. Beyonce has done an amazing job of making the masses want to live her life with her from touring around the world, marrying music mega-mogul Jay-Z or simply vacationing with family.
The panelist in Music Choice’s “The Diva Debate” named the first and most notable diva of our generation who is poised to walk in the late great Whitney Houston’s shoes as Beyoncé. Aside from Bey, the list of next generation Divas is slim, as we can only note Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna as other viable contenders. They want to know from you, what’s your definition of a Diva? Tune in to Music Choice On Demand to see “The Diva Debate”, hosted by Amanda Seales and an all-star panel. Join the Diva Debate by Tweeting @MusicChoice and @BleuBombshell your Diva Selections!