Patti Labelle powered through an awkward tribute to Tina Turner at the 2023 BET Awards

'I'm trying y'all'
Patti Labelle
Photo credit Paras Griffin/Getty Images

During the 2023 BET Awards show, powerhouse diva Patti LaBelle had the privilege of performing a tribute to the "Queen of Rock & Roll," Tina Turner, who passed away last May. But even the greats stumble on their words here and there, as LaBelle hit a snag in her performance.

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Taking the 2023 BET Awards stage in a captivating, fringed, and shimmery dress, "Give it up for Tina Turner," LaBelle said at the start of her performance before jumping into a rendition of Turner's classic hit, "The Best." But things took a slight turn when she made the crowd aware that she didn't actually know the words, and couldn't see the teleprompter.

A BET representative did clarify that, because of "the crowd’s enthusiasm, the teleprompter was obstructed, obscuring Ms. LaBelle’s view of the lyrics.”

"Whatever, I can't see the words, I don't know," she sang before blurting out "I'm trying y'all!" She quickly began to improvise until she found her footing and made it back to the chorus.

Watch the full mishap above, as it made for a pretty funny viral moment of the night.

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