Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Tina Turner left an abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time.
Musicians, actors, athletes and world leaders have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late superstar Tina Turner.
The United States-born singer, who left an abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at her home in Kusnacht, near Zurich in Switzerland. She was 83.
Nicknamed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Turner was one of the world’s most popular entertainers. She was known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favourites Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, River Deep, Mountain High and the hits she had in the 80s – among them What’s Love Got to Do with It, We Don’t Need Another Hero and a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.
Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. Her 1988 show in Rio de Janeiro drew 180,000 people, which remains one of the largest concert audiences for any single performer.
Few stars travelled so far and overcame so much.
Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with guitarist Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and she remained a top concert draw for years after.
US President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, musicians Mick Jagger, Elton John and Beyonce were among those paying tribute.
Here’s a roundup of their responses:
“I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her,” Jagger said on Twitter.
Turner performed with Jagger during a show in 1985 and toured with the band in the 60s.