Aretha at Grammys: Not Feeling the
R-E-S-P-E-C-T

02/12/2008 at 06:20 PM EST

Aretha at Grammys: Not Feeling the R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Aretha Franklin (left) and Tina Turner
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Kevin Mazur/WireImage
When Beyoncé and Tina Turner hit the Grammy stage for their high-octane duet on Sunday, most observers were left in awe. But the woman known as the "Queen of Soul" was left in a state of dismay over Beyoncé's introducing Turner as "the Queen."

Clearly offended, Aretha Franklin says in a statement, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy. In addition to that, I thank the Grammys and the voting academy for my 20th Grammy and love to Beyoncé anyway."

There was no immediate comment from Beyoncé or the Recording Academy.

Aretha at Grammys: Not Feeling the R-E-S-P-E-C-T| Grammy Awards 2008, Individual Class, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé (left) and Tina Turner

Kevork Djansezian / AP

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