When asked about today's music superstars in a new magazine interview, the 'Walk on By' hitmaker states that the 'Freedom' singer still has a long way before she is able to be considered an icon.

AceShowbiz - Dionne Warwick is facing a backlash from the Beyhive after insisting Beyonce Knowles has not earned the status of icon yet.

Asked about today's music superstars in a new Essence interview, the "Walk on By" singer admits Beyonce tops the pile of talent but she has some way to go before she can truly be considered an icon.

The 78-year-old says, "Watching her grow has been quite refreshing. It's wonderful to see how she's been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is..."

"I'm very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is, I doubt that."

"I love her to death and can appreciate her talent, but that iconic status? It's a long road."

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