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Arts Issue: Diva definition morphs as new talent takes stage

Arts Issue: Diva definition morphs as new talent takes stage

April 10, 2014


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The popular understanding of what makes a diva has evolved over time. The term originated in the opera world, where it referred only to singers with extraordinary talent and public appeal. In the 1980s, however, the term began to refer to super-talented female pop vocalists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houst...

ARTS ISSUE: Pop divas create personas with style, musical talents

ARTS ISSUE: Pop divas create personas with style, musical talents

December 5, 2013


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Miley Cyrus’ much discussed VMA performance will soon be remembered as an event on par with other infamous pop music moments. It was rude, crude and not exactly deep. But one thing is for sure — it has cemented an iconic image of Cyrus in our minds, for better or for worse. The previously ...