Proud Tina: Tributes pour in for Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll

She didn’t need another hero — she ‘was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself,’ said former US president Barack Obama of the music legend who died on Wednesday at 83

JEANE-PIERRE MULLER/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE | TINA Turner, ‘our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll,’ according to Oprah Winfrey.

She clawed her way to superstardom from a poor farming town in Nutbush, Tennessee, and fought through an abusive marriage armed only with exceptional talent and a heart that refused to become a victim.

Anna Mae Bullock, better known as Tina Turner — the name given her by discoverer and husband-abuser Ike Turner — passed on Wednesday at 83 in Switzerland where she had bought a $76 million waterfront villa.

Throughout that remarkable journey, it’s only fair to assume that Turner didn’t really mean it when she questioned what love’s got to do with it. Because love is what’s she’s reaping, even more in death.

Celebrities from show business, politics and even sports led the outpouring of affection for the woman who said: “We don’t need another hero,” because, after all, she already found the “hero” in herself.

“She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life. She was a role model not only for me but for the world. She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed… She was indeed simply the best,” said Oprah Winfrey on her Instagram.

Beyoncé, whose electricity onstage harks to that of Turner during her heyday in the 1980s, offered these words: “My beloved Queen. I love you endlessly. I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion.”

Contemporaries like Dionne Warwick expressed both sadness and awe at Turner’s passing. “Another longtime friend has made her transition,” she wrote. “Not only will I miss that eternal ball of energy named Tina Turner but the entire world will also find this void in their lives. My condolences to her husband and other members of her family. Rest in Peace my friend.”

“The words legendary, iconic, diva and superstar are often overused and yet Tina Turner embodies them all and so many more — an incredible performer, musician and trailblazer. To me, she will always be a survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Her music will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in Peace, Queen,” wrote Mariah Carey on Twitter.

Angela Bassett, who played Tina Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance, wrote on Instagram: “How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world?… I am honored to have known Tina Turner. I am humbled to have helped show her to the world.“

Turner, whose massive hits included the 1984 number-one hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” as well as “Private Dancer,” “The Best” and “Proud Mary” (which she did with Ike), transcended the worlds of music and entertainment.

Basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s tribute read: “Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time, the legendary queen of rock ‘n’ roll Tina Turner. I’ve seen her many many times and hands down, she gave one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. She always gave you your money‘s worth.”

Three United States presidents also applauded the legend who will be remembered for her singular voice as well as her cropped jean jackets, mini skirts, stiletto heels and that shock of hair.

“In addition to being a once-in-a-generation talent that changed American music forever, Tina’s personal strength was remarkable. Overcoming adversity, and even abuse, she built a career for the ages and a life and legacy that were entirely hers,” wrote President Joe Biden.

Former president Bill Clinton wrote: “I love Tina Turner and will never forget meeting her when she came to Little Rock for a concert after releasing the Private Dancer in 1984. We met again on her 67th birthday in St. Petersburg… She still had it — talent, style, energy and authenticity — a priceless gift to music lovers everywhere.”

And for former president Barack Obama: “Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself — speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy. Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never fade.”


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