It seems Aretha Franklin, often called the Queen of Soul, is not pleased that Beyoncé called Tina Turner the “queen”on the Grammy Awards broadcast.
“I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé,” Franklin said in a statement issued by her publicist. “However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy.”
Franklin apparently ended the statement with “love to Beyoncé anyway.”
Sheesh, Aretha. It was an intro, not a review. And Beyoncé is a huge fan of Tina, so she was bound to praise her.
Plus, Beyoncé didn’t refer to Tina as the Queen of Soul, specifically. She just said, “give it up for the queen.”
And I’m happy to give it up, whatever it is, because I thought Tina’s performance was incredible. She can still hit those high notes and do the moves — at 68 years old! Wow.
Since I was in a Tina mood, I decided to watch What’s Love Got to Do With It last night. And then I got all overwhelmed by Angela Bassett‘s arms.
It was especially cool to see Angela-as-Tina doing the same intro to “Proud Mary” that Tina and Beyoncé did on the Grammys.
(Yeah, I got a little thrill when Beyoncé and Tina said, “We like to do it nice and rough.”)
If you haven’t seen What’s Love Got to Do With It yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to commemorate Black History Month — or Tina Turner month, which should really be every month.