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Dionne Warwick on 'The Today Show' via Twitter.

What makes a social media star? Usually it's a perfect blend of direct honesty, zesty wit and a down-to-earth way of communicating on the fly. So really, is it any surprise that sensational music icon Dionne Warwick has won the title Queen of Twitter? I think her thousands upon thousands of followers—or as she calls them, her "babies"—would give a resounding "no."

"The Today Show" recently interviewed Warwick to discuss adding internet fame to her many, many, many accolades. The pop icon noted that learning the platform gave her "a chance to to meet some really wonderful kids … and some grown ups that finally figured out how to do it."

"Auntie" Dionne first came to Twitter at the suggestion of her social media savvy niece, Brittani Warwick. Brittani, also Dionne's branding director, knew her auntie's inherent "nosiness" would be well received. She told People, "The great thing about Aunt Dionne is she brings such joy just by being herself, even if she's being very firm and stern with you, it's through love."

Though she is "not writing a bio," Dionne has been delighting celebrities, corporations and fans alike. Everyone is fair game.

Revisiting some of her top-tier tweeting moments—both infamous and obscure—it's easy to see why this 80-year-old woman is dominating the app while making friends (not to mention endorsement offers) along the way.



The tweet to Snoop Dogg that started it all.

Warwick's playful spirit showed up in her tweet asking "How do send a tweet to @SnoopDogg? Did I do this correctly?"

Yes, Dionne, you nailed it. We don't even care about the improper grammar.

(And yes, Snoop Dogg did reply eventually)

Which led to roasting Chance the Rapper…

Warwick must have gotten the hang of the platform pretty quickly. Only two days later she jokingly called out Chance the Rapper's stage name.

"Hi, @chancetherapper. If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this." She went on to start calling herself "Dionne the Singer."

…and The Weeknd…

On a savage streak, Dionne chose to hit R&B artist The Weeknd, tweeting: "The Weeknd is next. Why? It's not even spelled correctly? @theweeknd"

…​​and​​ a music collaboration for charity.

What started as social media comedy has now turned into a collaboration. Dionne (the singer), Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd have a new song coming out this week (on Nov 26). The single, titled "Not Impossible," will go to support charities SocialWorks, Hunger: Not Impossible and Kind Music Academy; and it will help launch 12 Days of Giving, a campaign focused on keeping those in need warm and fed during the cold winter months. Warwick always uses her imminent power for good.

Her honorary staff position at Twitter

Warwick's tweets (or "twotes," as she prefers to call them) have made such a digital splash that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told her he wanted Warwick on his staff, referring to her as "Employee of the Month." Dionne immediately let the world know about her new position.

When she gave some loving advice to a stranger

Proving that she really is "everybody's auntie," Dionne dished out some wisdom to a stranger having a rough time.

Her airport humble brag

In her defense, Dionne is cute everywhere she goes. And she did just apologize.

That time she reached out to let us know she is, in fact, not dead

As one commenter wrote, "you ain't famous until a media source says you're dead while you're trying to eat breakfast."

When she became a Swiftie

A kinship was already forged when Warwick initially tweeted to Taylor Swift wishing her good day. But she also weighed in on the case of Taylor's missing red scarf (the one Jake Gyllenhaal was rumored to still have post-breakup). She even offered to pay postage for Gyllenhaal to return it.

The whole thing sparked an online debate as to whether or not the scarf was really a scarf at all, or whether it was actually a metaphor for Taylor's … well … let's just say something else that can be lost but not returned.

Her hilarious and "unnecessary" brand deal audition

She told Twitter: "All these children, babies, youngsters, are grabbing on all of these wonderful commercial that they're doing. somethings wrong with this picture. Why aren't these brands coming after people with my age demographic?"

Then she decided that maybe they were waiting for an audition.

Her video included a hilarious throwback to Hellmann's mayonnaise, where she reiterated that she was a hell no for mayo in coffee.

All of the brands replied back to tell Miss Warwick that an audition was not necessary. Rightfully so.

Becoming the new face of Oreo

People were quick to eat up this branded co-op idea.

One person tweeted "I would buy them in a heartbeat."

Though Dionne promises not to pick a weird flavor, I think people would even flock to an Oreo that tasted like salmon, if her image appeared on the packaging.

When she championed Megan Thee Stallion, and women everywhere

When one person responded to Dionne's tweet saying "miss Warwick, you're a hot girl??? what you know about Megan?" she had the perfect response:

"I know that she is a smart young lady with a good heart!" she replied.

She added "I don't know what a 'hot girl' is, but women support women in this house! I am happy to see kind people receive recognition. That's all. (I'm turning 80. Please do not tell me what a 'hot girl' is )."

Her sweet reminder that she's spreading love, not throwing shade

I think this person sums up our collective response: "I'll take Auntie shade or love or whatever you throw my way."

And lastly, her SNL appearance, meeting "herself"

Dionne's Twitter fame is so vast that "Saturday Night Live" featured a scene where Dionne Warwick tells herself (played by Ego Nwodim) "Darling, I'm not perfect. I'm just very very good."

Indeed she is. Thank you Miss Warwick for brightening up the internet and bridging the gap between generations, inspiring everyone to engage in more lighthearted interactions.

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When Grace Berbig was 7 years old, her mom was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues. Being so young, Grace didn’t know what cancer was or why her mother was suddenly living in the hospital. But she did know this: that while her mom was in the hospital, she would always be assured that her family was thinking of her, supporting her and loving her every step of her journey.

Nearly every day, Grace and her two younger sisters would hand-make cards and fill them with drawings and messages of love, which their mother would hang all over the walls of her hospital room. These cherished letters brought immeasurable peace and joy to their mom during her sickness. Sadly, when Grace was just 10 years old, her mother lost her battle with cancer.“

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Losing my mom put the world in a completely different perspective for me,” Grace says. “I realized that you never know when someone could leave you, so you have to love the people you love with your whole heart, every day.”

Grace’s father was instrumental in helping in the healing process of his daughters. “I distinctly remember my dad constantly reminding my two little sisters, Bella and Sophie, and I that happiness is a choice, and it was now our job to turn this heartbreaking event in our life into something positive.”

When she got to high school, Grace became involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a handful of other organizations. But she never felt like she was doing enough.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for people to help beyond donating money, and one that anyone could be a part of, no matter their financial status.”

In October 2018, Grace started Letters of Love, a club at her high school in Long Lake, Minnesota, to emotionally support children battling cancer and other serious illnesses through letter-writing and craft-making.


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Much to her surprise, more than 100 students showed up for the first club meeting. From then on, Letters of Love grew so fast that during her senior year in high school, Grace had to start a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of card-making materials.

Speaking about her nonprofit today, Grace says, “I can’t find enough words to explain how blessed I feel to have this organization. Beyond the amount of kids and families we are able to support, it allows me to feel so much closer and more connected to my mom.”

Since its inception, Letters of Love has grown to more than 25 clubs with more than 1,000 members providing emotional support to more than 60,000 patients in children’s hospitals around the world. And in the process it has become a full-time job for Grace.

“I do everything from training volunteers and club ambassadors, paying bills, designing merchandise, preparing financial predictions and overviews, applying for grants, to going through each and every card ensuring they are appropriate to send out to hospitals.”

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In addition to running Letters of Love, Grace and her small team must also contend with the emotions inherent in their line of work.

“There have been many, many tears cried,” she says. “Working to support children who are battling cancer and other serious and sometimes chronic illnesses can absolutely be extremely difficult mentally. I feel so blessed to be an organization that focuses solely on bringing joy to these children, though. We do everything we can to simply put a smile on their face, and ensure they know that they are so loved, so strong, and so supported by people all around the world.”

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Letters of Love has been particularly instrumental in offering emotional support to children who have been unable to see friends and family due to COVID-19. A video campaign in the summer of 2021 even saw members of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild offer short videos of hope and encouragement to affected children.

Grace is currently taking a gap year before she starts college so she can focus on growing Letters of Love as well as to work on various related projects, including the publication of a children’s book.

“The goal of the book is to teach children the immense impact that small acts of kindness can have, how to treat their peers who may be diagnosed with disabilities or illness, and how they are never too young to change the world,” she says.

Since she was 10, Grace has kept memories of her mother close to her, as a source of love and inspiration in her life and in the work she does with Letters of Love.

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“When I lost my mom, I felt like a section of my heart went with her, so ever since, I have been filling that piece with love and compassion towards others. Her smile and joy were infectious, and I try to mirror that in myself and touch people’s hearts as she did.”

For more information visit Letters of Love.

Please donate to Grace’s GoFundMe and help Letters of Love to expand, publish a children’s book and continue to reach more children in hospitals around the world.

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