“Leave ya church clothes on all Sunday and pull up to the affair of all affairs. Y’all gotta get dressed up in ya Sunday’s best for this one,” captioned Verzuz on Instagram.
LaBelle and Knight, both 76, are a smidge older than Verzuz’s typical demo that’s mostly zoomers and millennials but the internet immediately exploded with excitement over the iconic matchup between beloved Soul queens who will certainly receive their flowers on Sunday.
According to Billboard, LaBelle landed the first of her 43 hits on the R&B chart in 1963; her signature hits include “If Only You Knew,” “On My Own” (with Michael McDonald) and “Lady Marmalade” with her group LaBelle.
She’s also known to shut stages down with spectacular soul-stirrer “Somebody Loves You Baby” that’s been sampled by Plies and others.
Knight’s run of 64 R&B chart hits, which began in the early ’60s with the Pips, includes “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One of Us,” “Save the Overtime (For Me),” “Men” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”
Over the years, the glamorous divas have also collaborated on several songs that include the 1991 smash hit “Superwoman” with Dionne Warwick and impacted the food industry with signature items/restaurants.
The two singing legends face off this Sunday, Sept. 13. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT at The Fillmore in Philly.
Who ya got–Patti or Gladys? Will you be making a special Sunday dinner for the matchup? Tell us in the comments and peep the HILARIOUS reactions (and memes) on the flip.
“Me pulling up to Gladys Knight vs Patti Labelle” – we’re right behind you
“Aretha watching the Patti #Verzuz Gladys Knight battle from heaven” – you already know Auntie Re will be tuned in
“This gone be Patti’s wildcard.” – CLASSIC
“me preparing my look for the Gladys Knight/Patti LaBelle Verzuz.” – the most auntie-est of auntie outfits
“Ready for the vibes on Sunday!” – it’s gonna be a hoot!
“These gon magically appear in our hand when we log into that Patti vs Gladys” – a true Black community gem
“me pulling up to the Patti LaBelle vs Gladys Knight battle.” – yesssss
“Aretha in heaven watching the Patti and Gladys Knight Verzuz” – zooming all the way in
“Patti Labelle bout to put Gladys Knight in the spin cycle with this one” – auntie went in
“Auntie Re touching down from heaven on Sunday to go make sure Patti and Gladys ain’t talkin’ bout her…” – pettyyyyy
“Y’all help me pick a wig for Sundee!!!!!” – we’ll go with #2
“Me at the Patti/Gladys battle” – we need to start cooking now
“Gladys Knight vs Patti Labelle?!!” – yassssss
“You crazy for this one @verzuzonline” – can’t wait!