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Aretha Franklin is legendary not just for her incredible career in music, which by the way shows no hints of slowing down, but also for her the delightful way she delivers her brand of honesty.

Never one to politely restrict her views or opinions, the original diva sat recently visited the Wall Street Journal to discuss her upcoming album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, and also rate the gals who are currently ruling the charts.

It is rather odd that the Wall Street Journal is one of the choices on her itinerary, but it seems like these days you have to get it wherever you can. In any case, the woman who melodiously demanded “Respect” once upon a time didn’t disappoint when queried about her much younger counterparts.

Adele scored high marks for being a “young singer, good singer”, Alicia Keys held up pretty well too, as she was described as a “young performer, good writer and producer”. Even Taylor Swift didn’t fare too badly, although interestingly enough her musical skills were not evaluated, but her fashion sense received praise, “great gowns, beautiful gowns”. Unfortunately Nicki Minaj didn’t fare too well. Ms. Franklin chose to politely pass on commenting on the “Anaconda” rapper/songwriter.

Probably for the best – The saying does go that if you have nothing good to say – then refrain from saying anything at all.

So I guess we can conclude that out of the bunch, British songstress, Adele emerged the winner. Based on talent and vocals, it’s hard to disagree.

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  • noirluv45

    Interesting. I’m surprised Queen Bee wasn’t mentioned.

  • Ms. Vee

    Why would anyone with functional brain cells like Nicki Minaj? I’m not shocked by Aretha’s disliking of her one bit. We have many talented musicians like Janelle Monae and Ledisi. And if you wan’t to see a true upcoming female hip-hop artist check out Missy Elliot’s protege Sharaya J.

  • Anonin

    Why would she? Its probably a good thing she kept whatever thoughts she had to herself though we all know how birdbrained media and fans are.

  • Mary Burrell

    Even if Aretha is not a fan of Minaj she is classy enough to keep that to herself.