Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, died this week at 83. Early in her career Turner was part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, but she went on to become a star in her own right.
The winner of 12 Grammy Awards throughout her career, she also appeared in films ranging from Tommy (1975, based on The Who’s rock opera) to 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which garnered her an NAACP Image Award. In 1967, she was both the first Black and first female cover subject of Rolling Stone magazine.
In addition to such covers as “Proud Mary” and compositions, like “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” by other songwriters, Turner was known for performing her own creations, including the semi-autobiographical “Nutbush City Limits.” She was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and was among the 2005 Kennedy Center honorees. In 2013, she relinquished her U.S. citizenship after becoming a naturalized Swiss national.
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