After last week's episode of The Masked Singer, there seems to be one huge question buzzing around in everyone's head: Who is the Bee?
Thanks to valiant Google researching, vast pop-culture knowledge, and the overall genius-ness of fans online, we are almost positive we know who it is. First, the clues:
- She's had a "long career."
- Being a "worker bee keeps me young." Meaning, she's a mature singer.
- She's 5'4."
- We can call her "Queen Bee" but "Empress also suits me."
- She's looking forward to "singing for a new generation."
- She's been singing since the 1950s.
Some of the names the judges threw around right off the bat included Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick. More research will reveal a totally different person, though. It appears that most people on the internet agree that the Bee on The Masked Singer is actually Gladys Knight.
For starters, there's no question that Gladys has had a long career. In line with a big clue revealed after her performance of "Chandelier" on Wednesday night, Gladys first began singing way back in the early '50s when, as one fan brilliantly pointed out, she appeared on Ted Mack's The Original Amateur Hour TV show. One decade later, and the "worker bee" was singing hit after hit, like "I Heard It Through the Grape Vine," and "Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me."
Given that Queen Bee, a common nickname for Beyoncé, hasn't been singing since the '50s, many online instead ran with the empress part of the clue. Viewers were quick to pick up on the fact that Gladys is referred to as "The Empress of Soul" because of her work. And just like that, five of the six clues match up perfectly.
Even with all these hints lining up, there are still some pointing to other legends in the music industry - mainly Tina Turner (who also began singing in the '50s). Plus, if you Google "Tina Turner Empress" a book called Tina Turner The Empress of Rhythm exists, though it appears it's out of stock in a lot of places.
In our bumble - er, humble - opinion, the evidence for Gladys is overwhelming, so we're sticking to that answer. Here's to hoping next week's clues make us even more confident!
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