Gladys Knight & Patti LaBelle Face Off in 'Verzuz' Battle -- See the Best Twitter Reactions
By Zach Seemayer
Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle's Verzuz battle proved to be a timeless celebration of music. On Sunday, the two icons sat down to belt out their most beloved hits and talk about their legendary careers.
The showdown -- which took place at Philadelphia’s Fillmore Theater -- was part of the Verzuz web series on Apple Music and Instagram, which pits musicians against each other in a friendly musical competition.
However, the historic diva get-together proved to be a wonderful opportunity to hear stories from their past and for the two titans to both shower each other with a lot of love and show what made them music icons in the first place.
The pair made sure to bring their very best, and it showed in the sheer, undeniable strength of their head-to-head set list.
Needless to say, the event was a cause for celebration among music lovers, many of whom took to Twitter to share their appreciation for how impressive, enthusiastic and exuberant Knight and LaBelle have remained through all these years.
While the pair are undeniable legends, that doesn't mean they don't get starstruck and fangirl out themselves. Twitter couldn't get enough with how much respect and appreciation the two shared for Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, who both tuned in to watch the event.
So how do you top off a show that already featured two musical giants? You bring on a third! To finish off the epic Verzuz "battle," Knight and LaBelle were joined by Dionne Warwick, and together they all performed a rendition of "That’s What Friends Are For."
The addition of another member of music royalty just sent fans over the edge.
Just when you thought it was a blessing to see Gladys and Patti together, they bring out Dionne Warwick! This #verzuz is a whole Sunday blessing! pic.twitter.com/bS4rtqpmIV
The star-studded showdown came to an end with an important message, with the icons urging viewers to get out to vote, and make their voices heard.
"We have to vote," Knight shared. "We can make a different by doing that."
ET's Nischelle Turner spoke with the pair about their performances tonight, and they reflected on how nice it was to do something that felt like touring again, after being stuck at home for so long due to the pandemic.
"We felt close to being on the road tonight," LaBelle shared.
The two have long been friends, but this was the first time in a long time that they've been able to reconnect and spend time together, doing what they love.
"I haven't seen her in a while and I miss her when I don't see her. I love her music," Knight said of LaBelle. "She supports me and whatever I do and I just wish we could pass that on to the rest of the world."