Diva Scale by Associated Press
With five Grammys, a multiplatinum solo debut disc and a growing collection of hit singles, Beyonce is clearly a diva on the rise.
But how does she compare to past legends in the most important diva categories? The Associated Press measured Beyonce’s divadom compared with Madonna, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston, rating them from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) on the diva scale:
Beyonce: Though she smokes a cigar and smacks a cheating boyfriend in her latest video, “Me, Myself & I,” Beyonce’s still pretty tame – a God-fearing Southern belle whose album includes a tribute to her daddy. Divascale: 2.
Janet: From the time she strutted on stage as a tyke-sized Mae West, Janet always had sass. And who could forget her admonishing the nasty boys? Divascale: 4.
Madonna: Anyone who saw “Truth or Dare” knows Madonna is a true diva. Divascale: 5.
Whitney Houston: Don’t tussle with this girl – you’re likely to get cussed out, as shock jock Wendy Williams learned last year. Divascale: 4.
Beyonce: She’s lived down early accusations that she unfairly dominated her group Destiny’s Child. Divascale: 2.
Janet: Just by being a Jackson, she’s been born into controversy. Still, Janet seemed unscathed by scandal, even with a quickie teen marriage as a later secret one. But Nipplegate will go down in history. Divascale: 5.
Madonna: She’s done everything to shock us, from rolling around in a wedding dress in the mid-’80s to her “Sex” book to her affairs with men (and women). But recently, she’s been writing children’s books. Divascale: 4.
Houston: Seemed like a goody-goody for years, until she wed bad-boy Bobby Brown and they became music’s Bonnie & Clyde. Don’t forget her admitted drug use – who can forget the “crack is wack” line? Divascale: 5.
Beyonce – Was critically acclaimed for MTV’s hip-hop “Carmen” and had a huge hit with the third “Austin Powers” movie. Less successful was “The Fighting Temptations.” Divascale: 3.
Janet: The former sitcom actress’ first movie, “Poetic Justice,” was a critical and commercial flop. She rebounded with “Nutty Professor” sequel. Divascale: 2.
Madonna: The only blemish in Madonna’s multimedia career. Some bright spots were her debut, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” before anyone knew she couldn’t act, and “Dick Tracy.” Divascale: 0.
Houston: One of music’s rare acting successes, Houston has had hits with “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale” and served as a producer with “The Princess Diaries.” Divascale: 5.
Beyonce – Dating Jay-Z could have vaulted her to J.Lo status, but her refusal even to confirm the relationship makes it blah. Divascale: 2.
Janet: Though her love life has been pretty interesting – two divorces, a rumored liaison with Justin Timberlake and current beau Jermaine Dupri – her romances have never been as interesting as other Jackson tabloid fare. Divascale: 3.
Madonna: The champ, by far. She seems to have dated half the celebrity world, from Warren Beatty to Vanilla Ice to Dennis Rodman to, reportedly, Sandra Bernhard. Marrying Guy Ritchie took her off the market, though. Divascale: 5.
Houston: Though Brown has been her only high-profile relationship, her willingness to stand by her man through jail stints and drug rehab has kept the pair in the headlines. Divascale: 4.
Source: Associated Press
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