Diva Madness: Elite Eight
In case you haven't been paying attention, this tournament has been emphasizing the second word, madness. I'm not gonna lie, I never expected this. I did not consider a remote possibility that that BOTH Beyoncé AND Whitney Houston would be booted out of the competition during the Sweet 16. Guys. I was saving all their best videos! I hardly have anything left for Annie Lennox and Lady Gaga. It would be a different thing if this were simply a a female vocalist competition, but I feel as though there are some voters not properly taking the word "diva" in to proper consideration. Still, I have no one to blame but myself, for putting this decision in the hands of voters. I feel as though I understand for the first time how Trump could make it this far as a presidential candidate. So, I will see these brackets to the end, but my heart is no longer in it. Let's see how the Elite Eight fare with some national anthems (when available), and in order to understand my deep sadness I dare you to compare them to this performance:
Thank you, Whitney, for showing us how it's done. And now with a heavy heart, I present you with the updated Diva Madness Brackets:
Lady Gaga vs. Adele
Perhaps it is true that there is no such thing as a modern diva. If a post-90s representative has been narrowed down to Lady Gaga and Adele, then I certainly could be convinced. The truth is, no matter what happens here, Beyoncé will always be the modern diva of my heart. More than that, she is the most diva of her bracket, even if we are stuck voting between these two. It's as if we've forgotten that Bey has had more Billboard #1 singles than Adele and Lady Gaga COMBINED, not to mention she's owned the Superbowl halftime show twice, and still blown away a national anthem like NONE of these women yet. Ok, I'm done. Maybe ya'll just wanted a fairer fight. Adele does not yet have an epic performance of "God Save the Queen," so I found the closest thing: her Bond theme.
Mariah vs. Celine
Now, at least the 90's still has some proper divas to offer the final four. Either way, this quadrant will be represented a vocal legend and a personality to compete with the gods. Just a reminder to please make your decision based on the singer (their voice, interpretation, and hand motions) rather than your patriotic (or aesthetic) bias towards either anthem.
STEVIE vs. ANNIE
These two do indeed deserve to face one another, even if I think this is not the appropriate time or place. Neither of these woman have a time when they sang the national anthem, so I suppose it's good they are competing against one another. They are also, after all, the only two divas left who began their careers in rock bands. Who will you pick to represent the 80s, and rock divas in the final four?
ARETHA vs. ELLA
We'll end with a truly epic face-off, although I could not find a performance of Ella Fitzgerald singing "The Star Spangled Banner". Maybe she didn't feel like she could swing it as much as she wanted. Anyway, as with Annie Lennox, I've found her singing "Georgia on My Mind," which is basically a State Anthem, if that was actually a thing. Meanwhile, I found more versions of Aretha singing the American anthem than any other diva left - I picked this one primarily for the video quality.
Polls will remain open until Friday, April 1st (no joke!), so make sure to let your friends and diva-allies know to place their votes in time. See you next weekend with the final four!