Mediaite did a search and found out that, yes, that was indeed Patti LaBelle in the background. And not only that, but the image they used is from her performance at the White House. With President Barack Obama. Here’s a screenshot from an Australian news site that shows the exact source pose. Here’s video from the event.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
Patti LaBelle is alive and today offered her own tribute to her “sister in song,” the great Aretha Franklin.