“It’s About Time” 82-Year-Old Dionne Warwick Claims on Recent Honor, Plus the Meeting She Wants With Elon Musk

DIONNE WARWICK, hosts the 14th Annual Grammy Awards, at the Felt Forum, NY, March 14, 1972.
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Dionne Warwick may be 82 years old and has been working for about 60 years but she has no plans to slow down or retire. The soul singer who brought us unforgettable hits that include the tear-your-heart-out “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” her signature “Walk on By,” the pop anthem “Heartbreaker,” the upbeat “Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?” and countless others, said that she is thrilled to be honored by the Kennedy Center for her lifetime achievement status. “It’s about time,” she said. “I’m thrilled. I really am. I’m very excited about it. I feel so honored to be honored by the Kennedy Center. There’s still the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony, not necessarily that order.” Warwick has received five Grammys during her career.

At the event on Monday, she performed “That’s What Friends Are For” with her granddaughter Cheyenne Elliot. Warwick is not only an immensely talented singer and performer, but she is always a jokester. She has been known to poke fun at herself on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, and even joked that she might end up dating Pete Davidson next, the actor and comedian known for dating lots of beautiful women. She also joked that one star who probably wouldn’t invite her advances would be actor Leonardo DiCaprio who infamously only dates younger women.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31: Dionne Warwick speaks at the Dionne Warwick Gala for Bowie State University at Cafe Milano on March 31, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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She posted on X, “I just heard about Leonardo DiCaprio’s 25-year rule. His loss. You don’t know what you’re missing.” However, as much as she seems to have fun posting on the platform, she isn’t happy about all of the recent changes made by new X owner Elon Musk. She opened up at a recent event and said that she would like to “speak to that young man.”

Warwick spoke about Musk’s new plan to remove the blocking feature on X except for direct messages, “I have yet to speak to that young man and I intend to because I am not quite sure what he’s doing or if he knows what he’s doing. So until that happens, I’ll reserve my answer to that question.”

DIONNE WARWICK, performing the song, 'It Goes Like It Goes' at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards, 4/18/80

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She added, “I have to meet him. I know a lot of people have walked away from Twitter. That’s prior to knowing exactly what he’s going to do. He’s new to the game. His attitude is freedom of speech, which is mine as well. However, there’s a way to do it. That’s one of the conversations I’m going to have with him. What is your true intent? I understand your freedom of speech attitude but how are you going to contain it, so it does not get out of hand?”

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January 2020

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