I’ll perform all the way to the grave.
So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
I have to go 150 percent or nothing at all.
A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
I’m very shy in a crowd.
I was very shy. I’m still shy.
People with no humor, they’re outta my life.
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.
I just sing the stuff that makes me smile, makes me feel like I didn’t sell myself out.
I never thought I would be singing for the world.
I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone.
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.
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.
When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, black and white – it’s amazing that I’m able to connect with so many different kinds of people.
I love Canadians because I don’t see very much racism in Canada.
You don’t have to be an angel, just be someone who can give.
I’m very spontaneous.
I’m no different than you.
I don’t feel as though I have to prove anything to anybody.
Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We’re kicking butt and taking no prisoners.
You’ve got to know business before you go to show business.