In this day and age a diva can be many things: a woman with a temperamental attitude, a goddess who commands the stage, or even a female version of the hustler. It’s almost impossible to group all the fearless females into one list. Undaunted, Fab has gathered a bouquet of categories and come up with the ultimate 25 divas who have shocked and awed with their beautiful voices, outrageous outfits and over-the-top drama!
The Rock Legends
Stevie is not only a rock goddess, but a celebrated meteorologist who discovered that thunder only happens when it’s raining.
She is so multitalented she had the great honour of being asked to open for Jessie J at the 2012 Olympic closing ceremonies.
Dubbed the Queen of Rock and Roll by Rolling Stone, Tina’s given us legs, hair and pipes to love . . . but what’s love got to do with it?
: Even 43 years after her tragic death, Judy lives on through her iconic role as Dorothy. She loved pills as much as we love
her incredible voice, wit and charm!
The original friend of Dorothy may not be able to sing or dance anymore (possibly due to alcoholic rages directed at David Gest), but that won’t keep her down . . . jazz hands with a Z!
In just 14 years she’s managed to dance with a snake, marry a snake, suck face with Madonna, shave her head, attack a car with an umbrella, and sell out arenas around the world for “CD-listening parties.”
Even though she’s gone, I can still hear her screaming “Hell to the no!” from heaven after realizing that her last song is a duet with Jordin Sparks.
Céline has been quoted as saying, “I humidify my nose with saline everyday.” That’s right: Céline humidifies with saline, and yes, she pronounces them the same. I rest my case.
Mimi is always in full diva mode whether she’s showcasing her beautiful voice/dog whistle, showing up to an event hours late or taking care of her child bride.
Her voice and talent are undeniable. Just ask Mary J Blige: “I do not like her . . . because she has a nasty attitude!”
The Crossover Queens
Barbra is one of 11 people to have achieved EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Just don’t interview her or she’ll make you flip your set around to capture her “good side.”
Anyone who started her music career in a New York bathhouse is definitely making it onto this list. Who could forget her transcendent portrayal of Winifred in Hocus Pocus?
She’s currently in the studio working on a new album (likely in a Bob Mackie gown and sparkly wig), so I’m “Cher” we’re in for a sixth farewell tour soon!
Dolly Parton: She’s got big tits, Southern charm and her own goddamn theme park that generates millions. And as she famously said, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
She’s reinvented herself so many times; we’ve seen her go from sex book to children’s book, Catholic to kabbalist, and Warren Beatty–lover to hydrangea-loather.
This showgirl definitely made the shortlist (of short singers). Could there be another Canadian tour in our future? We should be so lucky.
This supermodel sashay-shantayed into our hearts with her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, and she won’t RuPaulogize for it!
The original queen of over-the-top couture was rocking many looks that Stefanie Germanotta would go goo-goo over before she could even say Gaga!
Mother Monster has the voice, the fashion, the drive, and she wrote “Born This Way” in only 10 minutes! I could have, too,
if I had the sheet music to “Express Yourself” lying around!
The Broadway Belters
Nobody can sing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” like her. And if you think you can, she’ll show up to your American Idol finale to chew you up and spit you out!
If you go see this Broadway legend live, you’d better behave or she will not “oh-preciate” it. In fact, she’ll stop the show and ream you out! (Search YouTube for “Patti LuPone stops Gypsy.”)
Dame Shirley Bassey:
Nobody “Gets the Party Started” like this dame and her rockin’ 25-piece orchestra!
The R&B Divas
As Oprah says, “Listen to cut #3,” called “Diva,” from her I Am . . . Sasha Fierce album and Beyoncé will tell you herself why she’s on this list!
The original Beyoncé serves us big hair, gowns, rhinestones — and a temper tantrum if you even think about looking her in the eye.
This super-sized diva loves delivery and has delivered some of the greatest songs of all time. Respect!
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