Aretha to Beyonce: I Am Queen

Queen of Soul slams 'cheap shot' at Grammys
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 8:12 AM CST
Beyonce and Tina Turner are seen on stage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means, Beyonce. That's the message "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin fired off after baby-diva Beyonce introduced singer Tina Turner as "the queen" at the Grammys. Turner is sometimes called the queen of rock 'n' roll, but Franklin wasn't having it. "I am not sure whose toes I may have stepped on between the Grammy writers and Beyonce," said Franklin in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. "I dismissed it as a cheap shot."

Franklin, who was in the audience during Beyonce's introduction, won the Grammy award for best gospel performance. Having pointed out that there's only room for one queen in the music world, Franklin ended her statement with some warmer regal regards. "I thank the Grammys and the voting academy for my 20th Grammy—and love to Beyonce anyway.” Subtle.