Artist and all-around entertainer Dionne Warwick simply celebrated her 80th birthday on Dec. 12, and a very good portion of the festivities passed off on Twitter, a spot the place Warwick has change into an unlikely star. Even although she’s had her account since 2012, the “I Say a Little Prayer” singer did not discover this particular sort of viral fame till not too long ago, with a sequence of witty and self-deprecating social media posts. While their leisure worth is not in query, there may be some controversy over who, precisely, is writing Dionne Warwick’s tweets. Even the star herself has provided some conflicting solutions to that question. Read on for a short historical past of Warwick’s social media domination and for what we find out about its authorship. And for the artist that outlined your era, This Was the Hottest Pop Star the Year You Graduated.
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In addition to sharing information about her profession and upcoming appearances, Warwick usually tweets about life and popular culture a number of occasions a day, usually participating together with her followers. One of her most talked-about sprees occurred earlier this month, when the star tweeted at youthful artists Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd about their stage names—specific the article they each have in widespread.
“Hi, @chancetherapper,” she tweeted on December 5. “If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.”
“I am now Dionne the Singer,” she joked in a separate tweet, earlier than setting her sights on one other massively widespread musician.
“The Weeknd is next. Why? It’s not even spelled correctly?” Warwick asked, tagging the star.
“If you have ‘The’ in your name i’m coming for you,” she tweeted later. “I need answers today.”
Both artists took her teasing as a praise, given her legendary standing within the leisure world.
“Sorry I’m still freaking out that u know who I am. This is amazing!” Chance tweeted. “I will be whatever you wanna call me Ms Warwick. God bless you.”
“I just got roasted by Dionne Warwick and I feel honored!” the Weeknd responded. “You just made my day.”
Some of Warwick’s different best hits embrace utilizing screenshots of Maya Rudolph playing her in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as her personal headshots, popping out as a massive Taylor Swift fan, and promising to “sooner or later…clarify the Psychic Friends Network to this era.” (If you grew up within the ’90s, you possible bear in mind her appearing in their commercials.)
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In a Dec. 7 look on his radio present, Warwick informed Andy Cohen that she doesn’t handle her Twitter on her own.
“My niece, Brittani [Warrick], is a hysterical person. She’s funny as all get-out. I tell her she should have been a comedian. She has a wonderful way with words, and my PR people can put a little few things in there for me.”
And she’s referred to Warrick’s help a number of occasions on the platform itself. For her latest milestone birthday, Warwick requested followers to make use of the hashtag #DionneTurns80. “Brittani says that she can help me see who is using my hash tag,” she tweeted on December 11. “It sounds like voodoo, but she is a millennial.”
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The similar day because the Andy Cohen interview, Warwick shared a video on her Twitter account, directing it to anybody who assumed that each one of her tweets have been being ghostwritten.
“Well, hello,” she begins. “And this is for all of you tweeters who have decided that I’m not tweeting my own stuff to you. I want you to know I am and I’m getting very, very, very good. You see, I have a wonderful niece, her name is Brittani, and she said, ‘Aunt Dionne? You’ll have a lot of fun if you get on this with me.’ I said ‘Okay, teach me how to do it.’ And she did, and I am doing it. So that should quell all of you naysayers, and if it doesn’t, deal with it.”
So what’s the actual breakdown? We might by no means know. It may very well be that her niece wrote a few of Warwick’s tweets whereas she was getting up to the mark on Twitter and now she does extra of them herself. Or possibly they collaborate on the wording. Or possibly Warrick helps Warwick navigate the platform whereas the singer composes her tweets herself. Whatever the workflow, Warwick is claiming her ideas as her personal, and her followers are persevering with to get pleasure from her heat and humorous tweets.
On the Dec. 12 episode of SNL, Ego Nwodim played Warwick in a sketch concerning the singer internet hosting her personal speak present that was clearly impressed by her love of social media. Nwodim’s model of the star is tired of and a bit confused by who her younger celeb friends are. (The solely query she asks Chloe Fineman as Timothée Chalamet is to unlock her telephone so she will ship a “clapback” to Wendy Williams, who the real Warwick is in a bit of a feud with.) Warwick’s niece is even represented, serving as her producer.
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Warwick appeared thrilled by the SNL sketch and particularly Nwodim’s portrayal of her.
“This was a hilarious birthday gift. Thank you, @nbcsnl,” she tweeted, sharing a video of the sketch. “That young lady’s impression of me was very good and who knew @BrittaniWarrick had so many jobs?”
“You did a wonderful job, baby. You are a star,” she added, tagging Nwodim.
“Extremely touched by Ms. Dionne’s kindness and generosity of spirit,” Nwodim responded on her Instagram. “So glad I did her proud.”
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