Gladys Knight was the singer behind the Bee costume in “The Masked Singer” Season 1. She made it to the finals and finished third.
The final episode of “The Masked Singer” Season 1 titled “The Final Mask is Lifted” aired on Fox on February 27, 2019. Including Knight, the three finalists gave their respective final performances.
As the Bee, Knight sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, the song was included in Raitt’s 11th studio album titled “Luck of the Draw.”
For the final guesses of the panelists, only Ken Jeong believed the Bee was Anita Baker. Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Kenan Thompson and Nicole Scherzinger all agreed the woman behind the singer was Knight.
For Knight, making eye contact is important so it was a struggle to be inside the costume because she could not see anything. She advised everyone to always strive to do different kinds of things because they elevate us.
Born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Knight was known as the Empress of Soul. She is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Merald “Bubba”Knight, Brenda Knight and Chris Morante of Gladys and the Pips.
In 1952, Gladys won the contest on “The Original Amateur Hour” hosted by Ted Mack. In 1976, she made her acting debut by playing the lead role in the film “Pipe Dreams.”
In 1985, she recorded a version of “That’s What Friends are For” with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. The song was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention.
In 1995, Gladys received d a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a solo artist, her most recent studio album titled “Where My Heart Belongs” was released in 2014.
Thompson paid tribute to Knight and thanked her for the opportunity to witness her on stage at “The Masked Singer” Season 1 finale. Here is her unmasking as the Bee with host Nick Cannon by her side: