New Again: Patti LaBelle

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Photography David Michael Kennedy

Published January 28, 2015

For over 50 years, singer, author, and actress Patti LaBelle has pervaded the music industry. She’s won two of 13 Grammy nominations and in 2003, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Tonight, LaBelle is among the entertainment lineup for the 2015 BET Honors alongside Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, and K. Michelle. The eighth annual gala, which is held in Washington D.C., will honor the likes of Kanye West, Usher, and Phylicia Rashad. In June 1980, 20 years after LaBelle stepped out into the music scene, Interview featured her with her son, Zuri LaBelle.

Patti and Zuri LaBelle

The legendary Patti LaBelle, whose nearly twenty years of hits range from “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” to “Lady Marmalade” to the current “I Don’t Go Shopping,” a ballad by Peter Allen on her new Epic LP, Released, poses here with her son Zuri. Photograph by David Michael Kennedy.

 THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY RAN IN THE JUNE 1980 ISSUE OF INTERVIEW.

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