Rarely does someone anoint an artist "The Greatest of All Time," in a situation where it is not wildly hyperbolic. However, when the title is deserved, it is often given to older, more established artists. It is only in a moment of overwhelming greatness (for example, with Michael Jackson), that someone will proclaim a more contemporary artist "The Greatest."
Today, we are going to argue that Beyoncé is indeed the greatest diva of all time. We admit, there are and have been divas of yesterday, last week, and right now who are stronger in areas where Beyoncé is lacking: Mary J. Blige's music is more raw and personal; Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin are arguably better singers; Mariah Carey's vocal range is out of control; and Diana Ross set the standard for diva attitude and glamour. But individual skill in particular areas does not the greatest diva make.
One must first take into account Beyoncé's "diva journey." She was the star of Destiny's Child, so much so that the group is lovingly nicknamed by some, "Beyoncé an' 'em." This was solidified on the famous Rolling Stone Cover with Beyoncé posing as Diana Ross, and Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as the Supremes. Everyone knew she was the star, and nobody cared! Even if she was being pushed to the front to outshine her bandmates by her father Matthew Knowles, we still loved her and the fact that her shy, innocent demeanor melted away in her performances.