During her recent concert in Paris’, Beyoncé stopped the show to pay homage to Tina Turner who died earlier this week.
To the crowd, Bey said “I just want to take a second and honor Tina Turner.” “If you’re a fan of mine, you’re a fan of Tina Turner. I wouldn’t be on this stage without Tina Turner, so I want you guys to just scream, so she can feel your love.” “I feel so blessed that I was allowed to witness her brilliance.”
Beyoncé’s tribute to the Queen of Rock & Roll came days after she shared a letter to the late legend on her website, writing:
“My beloved queen. I love you endlessly.” “I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done.”
Beyoncé has long considered the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee to be one of her primary musical influences, and upon the announcement of Turner’s passing, the BeyHive took to social media with clips of the contemporary pop star speaking about the legendary rock goddess.
About one video shot during 2008 Grammy Awards, when Beyoncé and Turner collided on stage for a performance of “Proud Mary,” Mrs Carter says “When I was a kid and I saw her tapes, I wanted to be like her.” The piece begins by showing a then 26-year old Beyoncé skipping towards Turner in their first meeting.
Beyoncé spoke highly of Turner during the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors, stating:
“I’ll never forget the first time I saw you perform.” “I never in my life saw a woman so powerful, so fearless, so fabulous — and those legs!”