So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
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.
People with no humor, they're outta my life.
I'm very spontaneous.
I'm no different than you.
I was very shy. I'm still shy.
I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone.
I keep showing decade after decade that I am a real performer.
I just sing the stuff that makes me smile, makes me feel like I didn't sell myself out.
I have to go 150 percent or nothing at all.
I don't feel as though I have to prove anything to anybody.
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.
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.
A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
I never thought I would be singing for the world.
Every time I come to Cincinnati, it's hot.
I have spoken to a friend of mine. Actually, she was my background singer and she lives in New Orleans. I gave her a home today. I told her to move in with me because everything she ever thought of is gone.
Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We're kicking butt and taking no prisoners.
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.
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.
There's not much longevity in music today. It's so easy to go in, put some pretentious lyrics on, with people saying the same thing over and over and over.
Carlos Santana and I talked about that. So it'll be us with the girls. We all wanna do something. We're gonna plan. It's spontaneous but it has to be done.
I'll perform all the way to the grave.
They have the right name. They must be deaf if they don't hear me.
I'm very shy in a crowd.