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Queen Latifah listens to surprising music before she performs
GIBSON JOHNS, AOL.COM
Jun 14th 2018 4:15PM

Queen Latifah has been performing since she was a teenager, and she has her pre-show routine pretty down-pat — though her choice of music backstage may come as surprise.

The performer recently spoke to AOL.com while she was aboard the new Carnival Horizon cruise ship, on which she took part in a lively lip sync battle performance against Super Bowl champ Jake Elliott, and she revealed what she likes to do before taking the stage for most of her performances.

“I definitely have to warm up the voice, so we do that,” she started. “I like to have my hair, makeup and wardrobe all done before I just sit by myself and be in peace and quiet and think about what I’m about to do and relax. I hate for everything to be really hyper before I go onstage, because I’ll bring that all out when I’m out there. I like the calm before the storm.”

Part of that calm she insists on having? Music, of course — the genre of which caught us off-guard.

“I listen to house music mostly or Brazilian music,” Latifah revealed. “Or [I’ll listen to] some of the songs that I might be singing that night if I want to remember how I performed it on the record.”

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