Beyoncé paid tribute to the late Tina Turner during her “Renaissance” world tour stop in London on Monday. The singer performed an emotional rendition of Turner’s hit song “River Deep, Mountain High” in front of a sold-out crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Beyoncé sang the lyrics in a slower tempo than the original song, and donned a new electric blue jumpsuit with a sheer train. The tribute comes just days after Beyoncé honored the “Proud Mary” singer during her tour stop in Paris. Beyoncé spoke to the audience, telling them that she wouldn’t be on stage without Turner, and that if they’re a fan of hers, they’re a fan of Turner’s.
Criticism Over Beyoncé’s Past Remarks
After news of Turner’s passing, some fans criticized Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, for previously referencing Turner’s history of physical abuse in their music. In their 2013 hit “Drunk In Love,” Jay-Z raps, “Beat the box up, like Mike in ’97, I bite / I’m Ike Turner, turn up baby, no, I don’t play / Baby, no, I don’t play, now eat the cake, Anna Mae / Said eat the cake, Anna Mae!” The cake lyric was reportedly in reference to a dispute Ike once had with Tina over a pastry. Some fans found it inappropriate for Beyoncé to now pay tribute to Turner after previously referencing her abuse in their music.
Beyoncé’s Legacy and Influence
Despite the criticism, Beyoncé continues to be one of the biggest names in music and a major influence on the industry. Her tribute to Turner shows the respect she has for the late singer and her impact on music. Turner was known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and Beyoncé has often cited her as a major influence on her own music and career. While some fans may find Beyoncé’s past remarks about Turner insensitive, her tribute serves as a reminder of the impact that Turner had on the music industry and the artists that she inspired. Beyoncé’s tribute is a fitting tribute to one musical icon honoring another.
Beyoncé’s tribute to the late Tina Turner during her “Renaissance” world tour stop in London is a reminder of the impact that Turner had on the music industry. Despite criticism over past remarks made in their music, Beyoncé’s tribute shows respect for Turner and her influence on music. As one musical icon honors another, the legacy of both Turner and Beyoncé continue to inspire and influence generations of artists to come.