Even though the Instagram feed cut off momentarily, fans caught the drama of the moment. Here, Knight jumped in on backing vocals for LaBelle’s tender ballad while tackling her take on a Gershwin standard with jazzy, breezy grace, and some harmony from Ms. Patti. These vocals. I am hollering at this #Verzuz production design. Who doesn’t stan an inclusive queen! The impromptu three-part harmony was well worth the time spent watching. Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight (and special guest Dionne Warwick) turned Sunday's Verzuz DJ "battle" into an old-school R&B lovefest. "We comin... #YouViolateWeDemonstrate," he wrote. Slavery?”, The pair got so into their talk that one viewer chimed in via Instagram Live comments: “I think you forgot we were watching.”. #VerzuzWho you got?! Both the LGBTQ community and sex workers got a special shout out from auntie Patti tonight, as she played a few of her hits that those groups most identify with and love. threatens to shut down sushi restaurant after Black couple denied service over sneakers. The latest installment of “Verzuz” is set to feature soul music royalty, with singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle going head-to-head Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDT. The women’s bond is multi-tiered. Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama in the virtual front row. Pouring back into those artists who came after them is a lesson we can all learn in how to be legendary and reach back to inspire. But it was round 14 that found Instagram suddenly filled with the words “pant suits” — because the pair were joined by a fellow soul OG, Dionne Warwick, resplendent in white, to join them on Knight’s’ “That’s What Friends Are For” as well as LaBelle’s classics “You Are My Friend” and “If Only You Knew.” Missy Elliott jumped in the comments with a request for pant suit merch. READ MORE: Brandy, Monica Verzuz battle draws over 1.2 million viewers. Ledisi and Mariah Carey also made honorable mentions as “little ladies.” The icon even said she’s learned from them! The latest installment of “Verzuz” is set to feature soul music royalty, with singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle going head-to-head Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDT. Matriarchs of R&B and Soul Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight faced off for a Verzuz on Sunday (Sept. 13) evening. Watch The Verzuz Effect w/ Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Fadia Kader, Larry Jackson & Ingrid Best. The legends celebrating 155 years of music between them. . The Verzuz series has been less of a competition and more of a celebration of two artists. The battle will be streamed from Philadelphia’s Fillmore Theater and carried on Instagram Live and Apple Music. From starting groups like the Pips and LaBelle to having children at the same time, the love fest began as soon as the event started. For two and a half hours on Sunday night, the latest Verzuz episode — the DJ battle where two hip-hop or R&B legends compare their catalogs in (usually) friendly competition — was more like a cross between a mutual-admiration society, a church service and a good talking-to from your mother. LaBelle’s rousing ballad was powerful, but of course it was no contest: Few songs can top “Midnight Train,” let alone having Michelle Obama text in the song’s requisite “woo-woo!”s at the end. Let’s not forget Patti cut a rug in her round just before. We’ve been together for so many years, so doing it with her is such a blessing.”, LaBelle said that it was her son who first approached her about doing a Verzuz episode, and when she was told it would be with Knight, she said “We got to do this.”, READ MORE: Brandy, Monica take over 30 out of 40 spots on Apple Music chart after Verzuz battle. Not only did she play the ABCs song she played the suede the remix god version. “Let my momma know where to order,” she wrote. By the time they got to the first tracks — LaBelle’s “All Right Now” and Knight and the Pips’ “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” — they were chair-dancing and kicking up their feet while singing their hearts out. Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” a longtime Las Vegas resident, returned to the Strip in the late-2000s to the famed Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas. #Verzuz. 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