Although there was actually an entire pre-grammy charity event hosted in honor of Aretha Frankin as MusiCares’ Woman of the Year, as “a national treasure”, and as “The Queen”, this sister is still not feeling the r-e-s-p-e-c-t! Oh, for the love of soul, gospel, and aging divas everywhere! You old school ladies better give it a rest! With a growing population of the uncaring, instantly gratified, You Tube lovin’ pop-culture youth of today, y’all should just be glad you’re even invited to these events!
Aretha’s blood pressure rose to dangerous levels earlier this week, after becoming very upset, as a result of her listening to Beyonce Knowles’ Grammy intro, in which Tina Turner was called “The Queen” (Aretha Franklin’s legal name, registered, trademarked, and reserved for her own universal use only). And, to retaliate, the always classy Aretha Franklin did the closest thing to a hissy fit that her body would permit: she released a statement. Through her trusty
nurse, publicist, Aretha had this to tell the world: “I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on, or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy.”
I’m thinking we’ll soon be hearing remake of Turner’s “I Might Have Been The Queen.” That, or a karaoke “voice off” at the Apollo. Either way, I’m psyched!