Patti LaBelle Talks BET Awards Tina Turner Tribute After Criticism: “I Had a Cold, But I Did My Best”

Published: Tuesday 27th Jun 2023 by Rashad

Patti LaBelle has been a surefire award show staple over the years when it comes to delivering unforgettable tributes, but at Sunday’s BET Awards (June 25) her showing was a misfire and unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

From technical glitches to forgotten lyrics, the Godmother of Soul had eyebrows raised as she awkwardly ad-libbed her way through a toast to Tina Turner at the 2023 iteration of the annual awards show.

And while the ‘Simply the Best’ performance wasn’t exactly Patti’s best, the legendary diva reassured fans there were previously undisclosed reasons why things didn’t go as planned.

Details inside.

In seeming response to ridicule from social media commenters, the 79-year-old admitted she wasn’t feeling the best during the memorial set to the Queen of Rock.

“I had a cold, but whatever I had I was giving it up for Tina Turner. I love her and I did my best,” LaBelle told ET‘s Kevin Frazier the night of the performance.

The sentiment is one she echoed the next morning (June 26) when she took to ‘Good Morning America‘ to reflect on the tribute.

“I was so blessed to ask to honor Tina Turner because that’s my friend from back in the day. Such a wonderful woman who’s done everything and so many people admire her,” she told resident anchor Michael Strahan. “When I did it last night I was proud; I felt really great.”

Click here to relive the viral moment and all the other performances from this year’s BET Awards.

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  1. Dc June 27, 2023

    Lies she coulda memorized the song did the cold make you forget the lyrics

    • Ww50do June 28, 2023

      The teleprompter forgot the lyrics

  2. Beyonce June 27, 2023

    We love u Patti

  3. Ww50do June 27, 2023

    They said Whitney was smoking crack when she was not .
    she had a cold and sore throat let’s not do that with Patti she has a right to a cold

    • Ww50do June 27, 2023

      correction****they asked Whitney

    • Chris June 28, 2023

      What does a cold have to do with her not knowing the lyrics. No one said she sounded bad. Stfu🤣

      • Ww50do June 28, 2023

        ASSHOLE a cold She said she was ill but did her best.

      • Ww50do June 28, 2023

        ASSHOLE SHE IS ILL The teleprompter forgot the lyrics . U A STUPID ASS

      • Heifer July 4, 2023

        Lots of people said she was horrible. When you are dedicating a song to someone, the worst Yiu can do is screw up.

  4. marilyn monH🪩E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) June 27, 2023

    Sore throat? This ashy h a g deepthroating too much eh???💅🏾

  5. Jazzzy June 28, 2023

    Poor Patti! You could tell she was disappointed in herself. It happens to the best of them. Patti been singing and performing for 50-something years. She deserves some grace y’all. Chill out.

  6. Patricia Robinson June 28, 2023

    The Teleprompter wasn’t working Properly, So Y’all get up off of Ms. Patti

  7. True Tea June 28, 2023

    Patti is OL’ SKOOL!

    So I doubt she GAF. She is not this new generation.

  8. MecostaDenada June 28, 2023

    Yall leave Mama Patti alone. She is a legend, and it wasn’t her fault. BET dropped the ball.

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