Beyoncé took some time on Friday (May 26) at a stop on her Renaissance tour in Paris, France, to honor one of her biggest musical influences, Tina Turner, who died aged 83 on Wednesday.
“I just want to take a second and honor Tina Turner,” Beyoncé told the crowd at the Stade de France, as seen in a video shared on social media. “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 lucky.” I am glad that I got a chance to see his talent.
Earlier in the week, Bey paid tribute to Turner with a heartwarming message on her website. “My dear queen. I love you so much,” she wrote in her message. “I am so grateful for your inspiration, and the path you have paved. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of strength and passion. We are all so lucky to have seen your kindness and beautiful soul that has always been Thank you for all you’ve done.”
Bey and Turner have publicly showered each other with affection over the years, and even collaborated in 2008 for a high-energy performance of “Proud Mary” at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enthralled millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” his A statement on the Instagram account read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us his greatest work: his music. All our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. Tina, we will miss you so much.”
See Bey’s touching tribute from the Paris show below.