The 7 Greatest Divas Ever!
The music industry would be a more boring place without divas - we're just glad we've never been on the receiving end of their rants... Here, we choose our 7 favourite divas ever:
1. Aretha Franklin
The 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin was born in 1942. History tells us that she's not one to keep quiet and hold her tongue - if she's not happy about something, she'll let you know!
2. Mariah Carey
New Yorker Mariah Carey is arguably the Queen of the Divas. She is never seen without her large entourage, whether it be at award shows, for performances or as guests on television shows. These days, many of the new kids on the block try to emulate the idea of being a diva, but Carey is the original.
3. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was blessed with an amazing combination of huge lung power and model-perfect looks. But she had a dark side. Later in her career, her demands before shows reportedly were out of control.
4. Diana Ross
These days, Diana Ross often refuses to have her photograph taken by photographers and has been known to cause a commotion in the odd restaurant or two if her food isn't up to scratch. But we still love her.
5. Barbra Streisand
After nearly five decades in the business, Barbra Streisand obviously feels she can demand a little extra investment in time and money. When she came to perform in the UK in 2012, waiting for her backstage were five fabric-upholstered furniture suites, 60 tables and 120 bath-sized towels. Even the security staff were immaculate in the 'dark jackets, blazers or sweaters with no T-shirts' that she requested.
We wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of Madonna, but that's what one healthy and safety officer chose to do when she was on her 'Confessions Tour'. Madge had demanded the air conditioning in a venue to be switched off but, when people started fainting, the officer demanded it was switched back on. The officer won that battle.
7. Celine Dion
Celine Dion’s status as one of the music industry's biggest pop divas was solidified when she was asked to perform on VH1's Divas Live special in 1998, with superstars including Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey