Aretha Franklin (left) and Tina Turner Photo by: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty; Kevin Mazur / WireImage
and Tina Turner hit the Grammy stage for their high-octane duet
on Sunday, most observers were left in awe. But the woman known as the "Queen of Soul" was left in a state of dismay over Beyoncé's introducing Turner as "the Queen."
Clearly offended, Aretha Franklin says in a statement, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy. In addition to that, I thank the Grammys and the voting academy for my 20th Grammy and love to Beyoncé anyway."
There was no immediate comment from Beyoncé or the Recording Academy.
Beyoncé (left) and Tina Turner Photo by: Kevork Djansezian / AP