Grammy's Feud

February 13, 2008 7:35:09 AM PST
It was the Grammys. But the words being exchanged by Aretha Franklin and Beyonce sound more like they might be coming from an edition of "Smackdown." It started on Sunday night when Beyonce introduced Tina Turner at the awards before doing a duet with her on "Proud Mary." She referred to Turner as "the queen" -- the nickname usually reserved for Franklin. As in, you know, "The Queen of Soul?"

Most viewers may not have noticed, but Franklin sure did, especially when Beyonce referred to Turner as her "ultimate icon" at a post-awards party. Well, Franklin has had her say, through a statement issued by her publicist. Here it is exactly: "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." But Franklin isn't too ticked. She ended the statement offering "love to Beyonce, anyway."

No response from Beyonce's people or from the Grammys about the slight, whether it be real or imagined.