Beyoncé halted her Renaissance tour in Paris on Friday to honor Tina Turner, an artist she has consistently called her biggest influence, following the singer’s death earlier this week.
“I just want to take a second and honor Tina Turner”, Beyoncé told the Stade de France crowd. “If you’re a fan of me, you’re a fan of Tina Turner. I wouldn’t be on this stage without Tina Turner, so I want you to scream, so she can feel your love. I feel so blessed to have been able to witness his genius.
Beyoncé was heavily inspired by Turner’s artistry and authenticity. As Beyoncé said during her 2005 Kennedy Center Awards tribute to Turner, “Once in a while when I think of inspiration, I think of the two Tinas in my life — that’s my mother, Tina, and of course, the incredible Tina Tourneur.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s firstborn, Blue Ivy, also stood alongside her mother on stage in Paris wearing a metallic jumpsuit to match the dance team. The 11-year-old served up some moves during Beyoncé’s performance of “My Power,” as the crowd responded in rapture.
Blue once performed with her mother for a performance of “Crazy in Love” at her show in Dubai earlier this year, where she once again nailed the choreography…and who could forget the first time Blue joined her mother? on stage for her pregnancy reveal at the 2011 MTV MTV Video Music Awards.
The Parisian show also welcomed a list of high-profile spectators, including Selena Gomez, Lenny Kravitz, Megan Thee Stallion and Pharrell Williams. Beyoncé’s next shows will be in London, England, from May 29 to June 4.