Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online.
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The 68 year-old rock 'n soul icon is currently on tour and reportedly selling out divas twenty years her junior, like Madonna and Janet (both are suffering health problems -- and Ms. Nutbush hasn't canceled a show in about 30 years!). In a recent interview with USA Today, Anna Mae opened up about working with Beyonce, admitting she wasn't ready for the February Grammy performance, and being shocked how so many people were receptive to her. She said, "It felt good to be there. People said, 'You looked better than Beyoncé.' Well, that's not possible. It's nice that young people hold me up as a model.'"
However, when asked about Aretha Franklin, who was plucked that Tina Turner was labeled "the queen," she said, "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." -- Tina decided to let loose. For all of my music gurus, you know, out of Aretha's long career, it is rare that any artists comment on her legendary stank attitude.
"Aretha has always been like that. We've always accepted that from her. She's the queen of soul, and I'm the queen of rock 'n' roll. There were so many kings and queens there that night. Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one." Tina Turner laughs. "That's how queens are!"
I know Patti, Gladys, Chaka, Diana, Natalie, Jennifer Hudson (remember Re-Re didn't want J-Hud playing her in a movie -- she wanted Halle Berry!) and many others have their hands in the air and singing a church hymn in harmony. Well, we all know Diana can't harmonize -- but you get the point!
When asked about Ike "Eat the cake Anna Mae!" Turner's passing, which she has never responded to, Tina replied:
"It meant nothing to me," she says. "He had been dead to me for 20 years."