The Queen of Soul is in high dudgeon. Aretha Franklin, who expressed her displeasure in February after Beyoncé referred to Tina Turner as "the queen" during a salute on the Grammy Awards, is now fuming over remarks by her royal rival.
One queen wasn't laughing. In a statement to USA TODAY, Franklin says Turner "clearly was talking about herself" in terms of ego.
"I never figured her to resort to tacky press just to sell a few tickets," says Franklin, who adds she has never met Turner. "I really had put her in a different class — higher than that.