Aretha Upset With Beyonce's Queen Of Soul Slip-up

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ARETHA FRANKLIN has lashed out at BEYONCE KNOWLES for giving TINA TURNER her Queen of Soul tag at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (10Feb08). The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. singer, who was honoured with the Grammy MusiCares Person of The Year award, was stunned when Beyonce introduced her duet partner as the Queen of Soul. Franklin is known throughout the world at the Queen, and she felt more than a little snubbed. And, in a brief statement, Franklin snaps, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."


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I particularly noticed what Beyonce said and I was a bit surprised and confused as its common knowledge that Aretha has been called the Queen since at least the 1960's.When so many female singers are being considered to play the part of Aretha in the movie about her life (and I do not know if Beyonce was even considered), it was an extremely gross error, either in her judgment, or, in the writers lack of knowledge -- it should not have been spoken.
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I am surprised that Aretha Franklin turns out to be a "sensitive artiste" over that comment! However, I, myself did clear my throat when I heard Beyonce speak "Tina ... Queen ..." and "Soul", as to these ears Tina Turner was more a Soul/R&B vocalist in the really early years with Ike. Tina Turner, Queen of Rock, or Rock-Pop seem to be better monikers, though her contemporary CDs do contain "R&B"/Pop tracks, of course, such as "What's Love Got To Do With It". Chaka Khan, or Gladys Knight would be more "Queens-of-Soul, in-Waiting" ...But hey, Beyonce is young, plus she was starstruck with her idol Ms Turner lending the stage.
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I tend to agree with the 2nd comment (musicmaven). To be honest I assumed rightly or wrongly, at the time Beyonce announced this statement that she meant the Queen of Rock! which has, in my opinion always been Tina's title. Tina IS the Queen of rock, pop rock or whatever label may be used!When reading the 'heading' title of this article/discussion I assumed the controversy was to be connected to reading Aretha's thoughts on Beyonce 'stepping on Tina's toe' during their performance! More to the point I think...It put Tina right out of step. Beyonce seemed to be over performing perhaps and not judging her routine. Tina was very gracious under the circumstances.I conclude by saying that Tina Turner is incredible and there is No 'one' performer that will ever 'upstage' her, no matter what title she is given! It will always amaze me (being as I am in the entertainmenmt business and speak with more than a modicum of experience) that no matter what a performer does there will always be critisism in one form or another. They were both GREAT. Paula Randell. Tina Turner & Cher Vocal/Visual Impressionist.
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Tina Turner is definitely the Queen of Rock and Roll, but as her fans know, including Beyonce, she is simply the best and is "The Queen", sorry Aretha. Her voice and music have been an inspiration to many people and she is admired so greatly. I have appreciated and enjoyed all Tina Turner has given us about her life, her emotional and physical energy and her wisdom.Tina Turner and Beyonce were wonderful together! It's too bad there's controversy over Beyonce's bestowal upon Tina Turner. Tina has withstood the strong and smooth currents of life, just as the river flows, and Beyonce will too.
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Whatever....Aretha is aretha but will never be tina turner,tina turner can performed,dance,move,sing without playback and still acting on stage at the same time .She is breathtaking and absolutly waouhhhhhhh... who else can top tina ? Don't forget she's 69 years old in november and remenber how she was during the last grammy performance!!!Aretha can sing gospel soul and choral but tina can do all of that ....and more r&b-rock-....She is the best I love aretha but i'll never buy a ticket for her live concert it'll be boring for me even i love her song ...But tina what a voice ,energy,elegance what a smile ....she is tina turner she's the top ...I do agree with beyoncé ...Tina Turner she'S the QUEEN ...our living legend ...Ask everybody in europe who is aretha they will say i heard her name but i've never known who she is ...and ask in europe...africa and asia because USA is not the world ...ask who is Tina TURNER...everybody knows her even teenagers...so Who is the queen?This message doesn't mentionned i don't love aretha but mentionned the queen is Tina not Aretha !
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CLEARLY BEYONCE SAID QUEEN NOT QUEEN OF ANYTHING JUST THE QUEEN AND THEN SHE SAID TINA TURNER...SO MS ARETHA IS STILL THE QUEEN OF SOUL
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I have seen another show with Aretha in it, and she became upset then too because she felt she should have been the star. Grant it she is a good singer but not the only one.I felt the remark was childish and petty.
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