In 2020, the year of Covid-19 and the assorted hardships that come with it, finding something to smile about may be challenging. But here’s something that can make your heart sing: Dionne Warwick is on Twitter.
At 80, she’s a pop sensation who has aged gracefully. Part of that is adjusting and adapting to the new world order of communication. Twitter, frankly, can be a cesspool. But Warwick uses it for comic relief, a touch of self-deprecating humor, while offering her own takes on pop culture.
All the while, she’s been fostering conversations between different generations to educate and inspire.
Her pinned tweet gives you a good idea of her point and purpose:
Her willingness to reach out has led to some pretty cool things. After starting a friendship on Twitter, Warwick and Chance The Rapper announced this week that they will be working together on an initiative to feed homeless people. They then roped in another prominent artist, The Weeknd.
It all started with Warwick’s famous tweets asking both artists about their stage names.
“If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this,” she tweeted.
“Sorry I’m still freaking out that u know who I am,” Chance the Rapper tweeted back. “This is amazing!”
“I will be whatever you wanna call me Ms Warwick. God Bless You.”
Enter The Weeknd.
She tweeted out a “Dionne the Singer,” reference, then wondered, “The Weeknd is next. Why? It’s not even spelled correctly?”
“I just got roasted by Dionne Warwick and I feel honored! You just made my day!”
Warwick’s charm includes the fact that she spares no one, including herself:
Warwick had an account set up in 2012, but was mostly inactive until the recent election cycle, when she stepped up her game.
It took a bit of courage, to be honest. She was stepping into unknown territory. Many of her new followers aren’t of the same generation who grew up embracing her beloved classics like “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”
Her resume is quite impressive: 56 of her singles made the Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
Still, the Twitterverse is often unimpressed with granny trying to look hip, and some followers questioned whether someone on her team was ghost-writing for her.
We believe she is getting the hang of this.