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To see these goddesses pictured together seemed to break some essential law of physics. Let's marvel at its greatness

"Bassey to the right of them / Streisand to the left / Volley'd and thunder'd/Storm'd at with shot and shell/Boldly they rode and well /Into the jaws of Death."

I paraphrase. But only Tennyson's lines from Charge of the Light Brigade adequately capture the blast force of this photo from the Oscars, and that's before you even get to Adele in the middle.

Just look at Bassey, having the time of her life! How we cheered when she strode on stage like John Wayne and took the auditorium back from the mediocrities who had, for hours and hours, been tormenting us.

And Babs, diva emeritus, reminding us what a real star looks like: back-lit in sequins, swaying slightly to the opening strains of the Way We Were. Ok she went too »

- Emma Brockes

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