Patti Labelle Mispronounces Tina Turner Tribute At Bet Awards

During her tribute performance to the late Tina Turner at the BET Awards on Sunday, Patti LaBelle had to recover from a minor setback.

The iconic Philadelphia vocalist sang Tina Turner’s 1989 smash “(Simply) the Best”) despite what seemed to be teleprompter malfunctions.

LaBelle crooned to the audience, “I can’t see the words, and I don’t know.” “I’m trying, y’all.”

LaBelle and her support singers sang the chorus of “You’re simply the best!” while the theater patrons applauded and joined in.

LaBelle, 79, was defended by some viewers, while others blasted the singer for her blunder.

Holly Robinson Peete, an actress and producer, shared a video of an audience member complaining that her row obscured the teleprompter, making it impossible for LaBelle to see the lyrics.

The tweet from Robinson Peete read, “This Patti slander is wrong.”

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a BET spokeswoman acknowledged LaBelle’s view was blocked, saying, “Having the incomparable Ms. Patti LaBelle on our stage honoring one of her contemporaries was an equal privilege. The crowd’s excitement obscured the teleprompter, blocking Ms. LaBelle’s view of the lyrics.

Nevertheless, we are incredibly appreciative to Ms. LaBelle for contributing her tremendous skill to this occasion.

“God bless you, Tina Turner!” LaBelle uttered after her song to cap off a terrific performance.

LaBelle appeared as a guest on “Good Morning America” on Monday to promote her role in the ABC sitcom “The Wonder Years.”

She told “GMA” anchor Michael Strahan what that performance meant to her even if she didn’t mention the incident.

“Because Tina Turner was a friend of mine back in the day, I felt incredibly fortunate to be asked to pay tribute to her. A great woman who has accomplished everything, she is admired by many. I was happy with how it turned out last night, honey. LaBelle remarked, “I felt perfect.

“Being with her and just watching her go from where she started, which was not so pleasant, to where she ended up as a superwoman was always a great feeling,” she concluded. Simply put, Tina Turner has me in awe.

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