Patti LaBelle Speaks Out Following Tina Turner Tribute Mishap

Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner
Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner

Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner

Patti LaBelle has addressed the autocue mishap she experienced during her tribute performance to Tina Turner over the weekend.

The legendary singer went viral with her performance at the BET Awards on Sunday night, which was dedicated to Tina, who died at the age of 83 last month.

Patti struggled through a rendition of the 1989 hit The Best when audience members ended up obscuring the teleprompter.

She sang around the melody as she ad-libbed lyrics and apologised to viewers, declaring: “What if I can’t see the words, I don’t know! I’m trying, y’all!”

After the moment made headlines across the world, Patti became emotional as she spoke about Tina to Entertainment Tonight.

“It meant no matter what voice I’m in ― I’m hoarse, I have a cold ― but whatever, I had to, I was giving it up for Tina Turner, ’cause she’s simply the best,” she said.

“So you heard a little tweak every now and then out there, but I love her, and I did my best.”

Patti expressed her admiration for Tina in a statement to Rolling Stone ahead of the award show, saying: “Tina was a trailblazer and someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for.”

Following the news of her death, Tina’s fans and music industry peers paid their respects online, with BeyoncéDiana Ross and Sir Elton John among those sharing tributes, as well as US presidents past and present.

Her representative later confirmed that she had died of natural causes “after a long illness”.