Queen of Twitter Dionne Warwick reigned over Billboard‘s account Monday (Feb. 22) for a Q&A session to discuss who she’d love to hop in the studio with and who she’s happy to see get Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition alongside her.
She reconnected with her fellow soul superwomen Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight during their Verzuz battle on Sept. 13 at Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, where they performed their 1991 Grammy-nominated hit “Superwoman.” But when one fan asked is the three vocalists would ever collaborate again, Warwick didn’t count it out as an option in the foreseeable future.
“I never say never,” she responded over video. “Patti and Gladys and I are on the road and in different parts of the world. And our schedules are just so crazy that trying to find a period of time where we’re all kinda settled in one place at one time is not the easiest thing to do. It just happened I was home and thanks to COVID, we were all in one place at one time that I was able to do the show with them. So I’m looking forward to doing something of that nature happening very, very soon.”
“I think Taylor has a wonderful voice. She writes incredible music, and it’d be wonderful of her to write for me something to sing with her. So yes, I would love to sing with Taylor Swift,” the 80-year-old performer said. After Swift released her re-recorded version of “Love Story” shortly before Valentine’s Day, Warwick claimed it was her favorite Swift song.
As much as she loves recognizing other legacy and contemporary female artists in the industry, Warwick is happy to be among those being honored as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 nominees. The most gender-inclusive ballot in the Rock Hall’s history boasts seven women — including four Black women — out of the total 16 acts. Warwick’s cousin Whitney Houston was inducted in the Class of 2020 last fall, which Warwick’s son and music producer Damon Elliott expressed to Billboard was a “shame” Houston didn’t get to witness herself. Now, Warwick feels “thrilled” that the other Black women being recognized alongside her get to live to see the day.
“All I can say is about time,” she replied to one fan. “It is about time that some of these ladies who I thought should have been there…. How could Tina Turner not have been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? How? It’s crazy! Chaka Khan should have been there a long time ago, and it’s wonderful that Mary J. Blige is even nominated. Yes, I’m thrilled about that…. And I’m very happy to have also been nominated. I sure hope you’re voting for me.”
See Warwick’s entire Twitter Q&A on Billboard‘s feed here.