Beyoncé honors Tina Turner. During her Stade de France tour in Paris on Friday, Beyoncé paused her show to remember the legendary singer, who passed away earlier this week.
“I just want to take a second and honor Tina Turner,” she told the crowd. “If you’re a fan of mine, then you’re a fan of Tina Turner. I wouldn’t be at this point without Tina Turner, so I want you guys to just give a shout out to me, so I can feel your love.”
“I feel so lucky to have been allowed to witness her brilliance,” Beyoncé added.
Turner’s message at her concert comes just days after she shared a message to the late legend on her website.
“Dear Queen. I love you endlessly,” Beyoncé wrote. “I am so grateful for your inspiration, and for all the ways you paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of strength and passion. We are all fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful soul that will live on forever. Thank you for all you’ve done.”
Celebrities such as Janelle Monae, Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Mariah Carey also shared tributes to the singer after her death.
Beyoncé has long cited Turner as one of her main musical inspirations. Upon Turner’s death, BeyHive clips featured Beyoncé speaking about Turner’s influence.
In it, she says, “When I was a child and I saw her tapes, I wanted to be like her.” The video dates back to the 2008 Grammy Awards, when Beyoncé and Turner collided on stage to perform “Proud Mary”. The film opens by showing Beyoncé, then 26, passing on Turner’s direction on their first encounter. Tina Turner cuddles like an aunt she’s known her whole life.
Before that moment, Beyonce paid tribute to Turner during the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors Gala.
Beyoncé told her directly, “I will never forget the first time I saw you make out.” “I’ve never seen a woman so strong, so fearless, so gorgeous – and those legs!”
Her family said in a statement on Wednesday that Turner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83, “after a long illness.” “With her,” they said, “the world is losing a musical legend and role model.” The cause of death was not immediately available, although Turner suffered a stroke and battled kidney failure and bowel cancer in recent years.
Bey’s Paris show also featured where she and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy joined her on stage to perform “My Power.”