"I really think sometimes that I was reincarnated somehow. I especially like Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye. I used to listen to [their Greatest Hits] over and over and over and over. It's like 'Wow!,' you know?"

Indeed. Wow and double wow. In fact, one can kind of see Estelle and Kanye becoming some 21st-century equivalent of Motown's most famous duo. If, that is, she can keep her duets tied down to one man. I mean, did you see the way she sassily strutted around in Gym Class Heroes' clip for "Guilty as Charged"? It's deliciously scandalous.

Estelle's wild about an "American Boy," but no, it's not you.
Andres Reynaga
Estelle's wild about an "American Boy," but no, it's not you.

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Estelle, opening for John Legend. 8 p.m. Friday, January 30, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $38.50 to $77.50. Visit livenation.com.

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And while all that sass and strut might mark the traits of a true diva, they also represent the newfound glory of a woman who's come into her own after four long years of finding herself between The 18th Day and Shine. "The Estelle of 2004 was a kid," she wisely remarks. "And the Estelle of 2008 is a woman. It's as simple as that. Before, it was about what the world should be like; now, it's about what the world is like."

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