Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle in 'Verzuz' Battle of Soul Legends: See Billboard's Scorecard For the Event - Billboard
Sep 14, 2020 2 mins, 21 secs

Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, performers during BET Awards 2007 - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle, iconic soul voices, personalities and hitmakers whose careers stretch back to the early '60s, got together for the most generation-spanning Verzuz yet, to the delight of over half a million fans watching over Instagram Live, and untold more via Apple Music -- and for the first time, thousands more via the series' official YouTube account as well.

Round 1: Patti LaBelle's "All Right Now" vs.

WINNER: Patti LaBelle.

Round 3: Patti LaBelle's "Stir It Up" vs.

Round 4: Patti LaBelle's "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" vs.

Round 5: Patti LaBelle's "If You Don't Know Me By Now (Live)" vs.

WINNER: Patti LaBelle.

Round 6: Patti LaBelle's 'My Love, Sweet Love" vs.

Round 7: Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You" vs.

Put my right song on the teleprompter!" It's not quite "Where are my background singers?" but it's still a classic Patti moment as she sings her way through a Verzuz technical snafu, with Gladys even pitching in backing vocals on her beloved (and oft-revived) early '80s ballad "Love, Need and Want You." Gladys responds with her sublime spin on the George and Ira Gershwin vocal standard "Someone to Watch Over Me," but the round's been decided.

WINNER: Patti LaBelle.

Round 8: Patti LaBelle's "Right Kind of Lover" vs.

Round 9: Patti LaBelle's "Over the Rainbow" vs.

Round 10: Patti LaBelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" vs.

Round 11: Patti LaBelle's "Kiss Away the Pain" vs.

Both singers go back to a couple respective sweet spots -- Patti with a single from her Billboard 200-topping Winner in You album, and Gladys with a single from her early-'70s run of four consecutive Hot 100 top five hits.

Round 12: Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude" / "On My Own" (with Michael McDonald) vs

A little formatting strangeness here, as Patti squeezes in two stone '80s classics (including her other Beverly Hills Cop smash) for the price of one, while Gladys responds by running back an instrumental version of "Midnight Train to Georgia" for her to sing over

Round 13: Patti LaBelle's "New Day" / "Feels Like Another One" (feat. Big Daddy Kane) / "ABCs" / "Lady Marmalade" (w/ Labelle) vs

Gladys Knight's "Love Overboard" 

1 hit with eponymous '70s group Labelle, "Lady Marmalade." Patti seems as confused as anyone as to what's happening with the musical rapid-fire, but she rolls with it, explaining that her group "didn't know what" the French chorus of "Lady Marmalade" meant when they originally recorded it -- "we just knew it sounded like a hit." Gladys responds with a sole song in her late-'80s smash "Love Overboard," and it sounds phenomenal

Round 14: Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend" / "If Only You Knew" vs

Biggest Snub: Gladys Knight and the Pips' "If I Were Your Woman" (Point: Patti LaBelle)

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