What is auto-tune? I don’t even know what auto-tune is.

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses.

I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That’s the hardest thing more than anything else.

I like Bootylicious, Survivor, my little granddaughter loves Survivor.

I wanted to design a line based on Hollywood’s Golden Era. I talked with Stephen Burrows and with Will Smith and with one or two other people, but it just seems like such a hard field to break into. I need someone like Calvin Klein’s manager to get behind me!

I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.

The term Sock it to me! was a big, big thing in our neighborhood – all the kids were saying it.

Yes, I’ve always been fashion conscious.

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I can say that my big records and my success have been due to the backing which Atlantic have put behind me.

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great.

I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.

Beyonce is a very hard-working woman. Astrologically, for whatever it’s worth, she’s a Virgo – like Michael Jackson, a hard worker.

I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.

President Clinton, I sang at his post-inauguration party out in Maryland.

I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society.

I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.

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If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.

I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It’s very, very gratifying.

Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food but you have to keep it to a minimum.

Well, 20 Grammys is not bad.

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I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey – like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone.

I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.

As long as it’s good music. I love all music. It’s got to be constructed properly.

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