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Gladys Knight Interview: Why Diana Ross Kicked Her Off Her Tour, Making $10 at 1st Show + Sway Calls Mom Live on-air

What an honor! The legendary Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight blessed our Shade 45 studio with her presence and gems. With over 50 years of a soulful career, she told us stories that we have never heard before.

Like the time Diana Ross kicked her off her tour as an opening act because she was too good! Or singing “Heard it From the Grapevine” before Marvin Gaye did. She even spoke about her Mother putting together Gladys Knight & the Pips group and earning $10 at their first gig.

There was so much good energy in the room, that Sway had to call his Mother and share his excitement for having this legend as a guest on his show!

Ms. Gladys Knight has been around since the 50’s, but transitioned so well through the decades and shifts of music, she explained that that was because her parents “never allowed us to have one kind of music,” encouraging her and her siblings to listen and be inspired by other genres.

Watch above and catch her on tour with The O’Jays! Get your tickets HERE.


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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