Beyonce honored Turner during her European tour, expressing gratitude for her influence and contributions to music.
It's been about a week since icon Tina Turner passed away. Beyonce made a special tribute to the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" during the European leg of her Renaissance World Tour after her demise, reports TODAY. Taking the stage in Paris, the acclaimed singer showered Turner with accolades, acknowledging her immeasurable contributions to the music industry. Turner, who passed away on May 24 at the age of 83 in Switzerland, left an indelible mark on the world of music.
In a video posted on Twitter, Beyonce tells the crowd, "If you're a fan of mine, you're a fan of Tina Turner because I wouldn't be on this stage without Tina Turner. So I want you guys to just scream so she can feel your love." She adds, raising her arms to the sky, "I feel so blessed that I was able to witness her brilliance."
The 41-year-old singer also told her fans she was "blessed" to be back in Paris performing after "so many years" and was grateful for their loyalty. Later, Beyonce updated her website the day Turner died with her picture and message dedicated to Turner, who she called the "epitome of power and passion." The image was from the 2008 Grammy Award, where the two performed a duet of Turner's 1970's hit song, "Proud Mary," reports Variety.
"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."
Turner's publicist had announced that the singer died after a "long illness." Over the many years, she had been struggling with health issues, which included intestinal cancer in 2016, kidney transplantation in 2017 and a stroke in 2013.
“If you’re a fan of mine, you’re a fan of Tina Turner. I wouldn’t be on this stage without Tina Turner. I want you guys to scream so she can feel your love. I feel so blessed that I was alive to witness her brilliance.”— RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR (@RenaissanceWT) May 27, 2023
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The statement from the spokesperson read, “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, USA. She became famous in the late 60s as the singer of the band Ike & Tina Turner Revue, but later she became successful worldwide as a solo artist."
King Charles also honored Turner with a musical tribute in front of Buckingham Palace on May 26, 2023. He allowed the Band of the Welsh Guards to perform her 1989 hit song, "The Best," during the changing of the guard, reported PEOPLE. Moreover, the First Battalion Welsh Guards Corps of Drums also joined them for the ceremony. In it, the King's Guard hands over the responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. Jame's Palace to the New Guard.
Charles and Tina first met when she performed at the Prince’s Trust all-star 10th Anniversary Birthday Party at Wembley Stadium in 1986 alongside the likes of Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney & Elton John #TinaTurner #KingCharles 📸: Getty pic.twitter.com/42EtcA97jO— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) May 28, 2023
Charles had first met Turner in 1986 when she performed at The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert at Wembley Stadium in London. In a December 2021 episode of Apple Fitness+'s "Time to Walk" series, Prince William opened up that his mother, Princess Diana, played, "The Best" for him and his brother to ease their back-to-school anxieties.
Simply the best!! 🎼— Forces News (@ForcesNews) May 28, 2023
In case you missed it, watch the @WelshGuardsBand's tribute to rock queen #TinaTurner with their version of ‘The Best’ 💂♂️
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"One of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner's 'The Best' because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment. And my mother, she'd be driving along, singing at the top of her voice," William said at the time. "When I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother,” he added.