Now let's get things in order.
First there is Whitney, head and shoulders and dead above the rest.
Then there is Celine and Mariah.
Next is Madonna and Janet. (don't bother arguing)
Adele and Kelly Clarkson follow. (They both sing better than M or J but are in this spot for lack of that dancing diva stuff the gay boys love plus weight penalties)
Jennifer Hudson comes next even though I can't stand her, I remain the objective messenger.
Here comes Beyonce !! She can't sing like Whitney (never) or as well as Kelly or Adele, and is not the singular entertainer and Icon that is Madonna or Janet. She is lacking in personality, and her style is derivative. She is dumb, but she can sing and is pretty.
Next is Rhianna and Gaga. There is no sense arguing. This is the order. There is real wattage and glamour with these two, but not so talented.
Katy Perry and Britney bring up the rear. Cannot sing at all, but have been packaged well, and are wildly successful. Like-able.
Pink asked not to be considered.
Aretha, Gladys and Diana are Hall of Famers, yet a gold a silver and a bronze.
Distinctions are important and should be noted.
Cher would be with Rhianna and Gaga, but did not meet the age requirements.
Tina Turner is the all round winner, a bit of everything, but not as good as each of them in their individual events. She has defected anyway and is older than Cher.
Patty Labelle and Streisand did not make the list.
There will be no discussion.