Tribute to Tina Turner (1939-2023)

I can’t honestly say that I was the biggest fan of Tina Turner fan. But as someone who grew up in the United States during the 1980s, of course I knew who she was and liked some of her songs. Tina had been industry active since the early 1960s. 

But interestingly, it was until the 1980s that she experienced her most-successful decade. And besides for her videos always being spun during that era, I also remember my moms spinning some of her songs quite frequently.

Out of the eight standard Grammy Awards Tina Turner has won, six of them came between 1985 and 1989. In 1984, she dropped what can be considered her best-known album, before or since, which is “What’s Love Got to Do With It“. That project not only featured its title track, which is Tina’s signature hit, but it also has “Better Be Good to Me” on its playlist, both of which won their own Grammy Awards.

Miss Turner followed that effort up with her 1986 LP “Break Every Rule”. And one of the songs from that project, a track titled “Back Where You Started”, also earned itself a Grammy Award.

Tina Turner
The legendary Tina Turner

The Great Tina

Finally, as far as 1980s’ studio albums go, there was 1989’s “Foreign Affair”. This project did not result in any Grammys, but it did top the UK Albums Chart, in addition to thus far having been certified quintuple-platinum across the pond.

It was also during that decade, more specifically in 1985, that we were treated to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. It’s virtually impossible to talk about peak Tina Turner without mentioning this classic sci-fi film, which she co-starred in alongside Mel Gibson. 

And of course she was involved in the movie’s soundtrack, dropping the unforgettable “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”, which was nominated for a Grammy. Another song she laid down for the soundtrack, “One of the Living”, did actually win a Grammy, in 1986, for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Also to note, the songstress dropped a live album in 1988, “Tina Live in Europe”. And perhaps we can say given her overall popularity at the time, this too resulted in another Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy, in 1989. That would be the penultimate standard Grammy Award that Miss Turner ever won, with the only one that followed it being for her participation on Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters”, which took home the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2008.

The aforementioned “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was also eventually granted a Grammy Hall of Fame accolade, as were Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep – Mountain High” (1966) and their 1971 rendition of “Proud Mary“. 

The Queen

One of Turner’s well-known nicknames is the “Queen of Rock and Roll” – a very high honor even if an informal one – and she did not earn that distinction solely due to the music she dropped during the 1980s.  Rather, as noted earlier, she was around for a couple of decades prior to that. But more specifically during the 1960s and 70s, she was married to the infamous Ike Turner (1931-2007) and for the most part served as one half of an act alongside him called Ike & Tina Turner.

Tina the Fighter

As alluded to earlier, this duo also experienced notable success, to the point that they’re considered legendary on the American music scene. In fact, the pair went on to be enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame well after they disbanded. But it was the nature of that breakup which may be why the industry really hasn’t harped on Ike & Tina Turner since.

As generally understood, besides being a cokehead, Ike was physically abusive towards Tina, his cash cow so to speak, throughout their relationship. And even upon the latter ultimately deciding to initiate divorce in 1976, it can be said that by the time all was finalized, Ike got the better part of the deal. 

So Tina has gone on to be considered by many people, such as myself, as a model of female resiliency, not only as far as the music industry is concerned but in life in general. That is to say that not only did she manage to keep going strong in the aftermath of dealing with an infamously exploitative and abusive husband/business partner, but her career was even more successful after getting rid of Ike.

Tina bids Farewell to America

Another interesting fact is that Tina expatriated to Switzerland in 1994, eventually renouncing her American citizenship and all. In making that move, she holds the distinction of being one of the most-prominent American expatriates in history. 

According to Turner, she did so primarily for professional and romantic/familial reasons, being that her second and final husband is a Swiss musician named Erwin Bach. And she remained true to that cause throughout the decades, ultimately passing away in Switzerland at the age of 83.

There would never be another like Tina Turner

I personally learned about the death of Tina Turner on the day it transpired, 24 May 2023, via an associate mentioning it on Facebook. Upon first reading the post, it felt like one of those situations where a friend was hastily rushing to be the first to report on the death of a famous person. 

But then I thought to myself, clicks aside, why wouldn’t she be compelled to immediately report such an event?  After all, as noted earlier, this is a musician we practically grew up with, one of the most-successful African-American female soloists of the 1980s. Indeed, when Tina decided to drop her final studio album, “Twenty Four Seven”, in 1999, it wasn’t by force, as in she could have continued releasing new music, as with other enduring 1960s’ musicians, well into the 21st if so desired.

Fortunately for Tina Turner, she did live long enough to receive her flowers. In other words, she received a number of top-notch accolades before passing, such as being enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986, receiving a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005, being the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, etc. 

So of course the music world was saddened, or some may even say shocked when she suddenly passed away. But, at least to me personally, it doesn’t really feel like one of those mourning situations, whereas for instance a famous singer dies before his or her time. 

Tina Turner lived a full artistic life, prevailing against a number of personal challenges and ultimately doing things her way, i.e. retiring on her own accord and even relocating outside of the United States while still being very much en vogue, instead of being forced out of the game or carrying on past her prime.





“We bid farewell to an exceptional vocalist. While she had gained significant recognition since the 1960s, for me, her presence on the radio, MTV, and NBC’s Friday Night Videos made her an integral part of the 1980s music scene for those of us who didn’t have cable during my formative preteen and early teenage years. Her talent was unparalleled, and her impact on the music industry is undeniable. She will always be remembered as the best, a true legend in every sense. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”


“I am penning this down with a heavy heart, unable to fathom the news that has shattered my world. My beautiful queen, a true legend, Tina Turner has left us, and my soul is engulfed in sorrow. If this heartbreaking truth holds, I can only offer my deepest condolences to her family and friends who are surely grieving alongside me. Oh, how I miss her already. She was simply the best, a force of nature that transcended time and touched the depths of our souls.

Her talent knew no bounds, and her presence illuminated our lives like a guiding star. Whether it was her mesmerizing voice, her electrifying dance moves, or her sheer ability to captivate us in every performance, she was a true icon. The world has lost an irreplaceable legend, a woman who achieved greatness in every aspect of her craft. Singing, dancing—she conquered them all with grace and brilliance. I had the privilege of witnessing her magic live in Las Vegas many years ago, and the memory remains etched in my mind.”

from MARY:

“My name is Mary, and today, I am bound to her timeless hit, ‘Proud Mary’ from her ‘Bayou Country’ album of 1970. It is a bittersweet anthem that resonates deeply within me, a reminder of her power, passion, and unmatched talent. Her voice, her presence, her essence—I will forever hold them dear. In this moment of grief and remembrance, I offer my heartfelt tribute to this incredible woman who has touched so many lives. Rest in Peace, Tina. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled, but your legacy will live on through the everlasting power of your music. You will be profoundly missed, but your spirit will forever shine brightly in our hearts.”


“Now I’m feeling like I was one of the lucky few in the world to have witnessed her extraordinary performance live at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, during her 60th birthday celebration. Let me tell you, she was nothing short of incredible. The energy, the passion, the sheer talent she exuded on that stage, considering her age at the time was unparalleled.

She truly is the epitome of the greatest singer and performer of all time. Tina’s music touched the hearts of millions, with its emotional depth and profound meaning. Her songs moved us, inspired us, and became the soundtrack of our lives. Through her artistry, she shared her soul with the world, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry and in our hearts. As we mourn her departure, my deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones, may she find eternal rest and peace in the embrace of faith, knowing that her legacy will endure forever.”


“I know this isn’t the time to talk about Grammy Awards but it is worthy of not to tout her achievements as we celebrate a life well lived. If I am not mistaking, in total, Tina Turner’s Grammy Awards tally stands at an impressive 12, comprising 8 Grammy wins, 3 Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. This remarkable achievement reflects the magnitude of her talent, the longevity of her career, and the indelible mark she has left on the world of music. Tina Turner’s Grammy wins not only symbolize her artistic excellence but also serve as an indication of the love and admiration she has garnered from fans and industry peers alike. Her extraordinary talent and unparalleled contributions continue to inspire generations of musicians and music lovers around the globe.”

from SAED:

“Tina Turner, a name that will forever be synonymous with talent, resilience, and an unmatched stage presence. We will forever cherish the memories of her performances and the way she touched our lives through her moving music. Indeed, let us join together in celebration of her remarkable life and the impact she made on the world. Her legacy is one that will forever be etched in our hearts and souls. We are grateful for the gift she has given to the world in the form of music. Her passion was palpable in every note she sang, and her unwavering spirit was a beacon of inspiration for all who had the privilege of witnessing her artistry.”

from JEMIMA:

“As we bid her farewell to this earthly realm, may her gentle soul find eternal peace and serenity among the stars. Her music, like a timeless melody, will continue to echo through the corridors of time, inspiring and uplifting generations to come. Her influence transcended boundaries, touched lives, and ignited a fire within our hearts. I celebrate Tina, for sharing her immense talent with the world. Her voice was one that healed, empowered, and united. Her indomitable spirit will forever guide us as we navigate the journey of life.”


“I am Fischer, a Swiss. I am really happy Tina Turner naturalized and identified as a Swiss while she was still alive. It is really sad to know we have lost one of our own. May her soul soar among the stars, as her music continues to inspire, uplift, and ignite the flames of our spirits. I couldn’t be more grateful for her being a guiding light, a source of strength, and a true icon to millions around the world. Rest in Peace, dear Tina, knowing that your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those whose lives you touched.”

from MIA:

“You know, sometimes life surprises us in the most unexpected ways. I’ll never forget that moment when my 13-year-old daughter broke the news to me. There I was, just sitting somewhere, straightening my hair, and she comes up to me with this look on her face, and says, ‘Mom, I have something to tell you. Tina Turner, your favorite singer, has passed away’. I couldn’t believe it. The shock and disbelief washed over me like a wave.

I remember the first time I saw Tina perform live. It was at her “Twenty Four Seven Tour” concert in 2016, at the Wembley Stadium. The excitement in the air was on a whole different level from what I’ve ever witnessed as the crowd eagerly awaited her appearance on stage. And when she finally stepped out, it was like the world stood still. Her presence was magnetic, her voice filled every corner of that stadium, and her energy was infectious. She was simply amazing, a true force of nature. Rest in Peace, Legend!”

from MARK:

“Tina Turner was more than just a singer to me. She was an icon, a legend, someone who defied the odds and blazed her own trail in the music industry. Her talent was undeniably unique, and her impact was immeasurable. She won over 8 Grammy Awards, received countless nominations, and even earned prestigious honors, including the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”. Her music and performances were pure magic. As I sit here reflecting on the news of her passing, I’m filled with a mix of emotions. Sorrow, of course, for the loss of such an incredible person. But also gratitude for the moments she gave us and the memories we hold dear to our hearts. Tina Turner will forever remain the best we have ever had.”


“Let us take a moment to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of Tina Turner. Her legacy will continue to shine bright through her timeless songs and the impact she had on the world. She may no longer be with us, but her spirit lives on. Thank you, Tina, for gracing us with your unparalleled talent, your unwavering spirit, and your ability to move us with every note. You will be deeply missed, but your music will forever echo in our hearts.”

from JIN:

“I was deeply saddened to wake up and discover the news of the passing of the legendary Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner, who was an icon of the 20th and 21st centuries. I was completely captivated by this extraordinary star when I had the opportunity to witness her electrifying performance in Cardiff many years ago. Rest in peace, Tina, and thank you for inspiring countless individuals to persevere and never surrender.”

from PHIL:

“This is truly heartbreaking. May 24, 2023, will forever be etched as one of the darkest days in my life. The world has lost a gem. Personally, Tina Turner held a special place in my heart as my all-time favorite singer. She was an extraordinary woman who triumphed over adversities within her personal life, as well as the prevailing cultural challenges of a nation that remained deeply divided by racial segregation. Despite all the obstacles, she soared to become one of the most celebrated and iconic female artists worldwide. Her commanding presence and trailblazing spirit made her a force to be reckoned with. The void left by her absence will undoubtedly be deeply felt. Tina was, without a doubt, “simply the best,” as many would aptly describe her.”

from DEBRA:

“The world has lost an extraordinary singer, a radiant beacon has now faded away. Never again shall we witness someone quite like her, an unparalleled singing and dancing queen of the world. It was once said that she possessed the most remarkable pair of legs. Undoubtedly, she was the epitome of beauty and excellence. As we mourn her, here is my compilation of my all-time favorite songs throughout her career, I believe most of her fans will agree with me:

  • Let’s Stay Together
  • Acid Queen
  • Private Dancer
  • Proud Mary
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It
  • Nutbush City Limits
  • River Deep – Mountain High
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Acid Queen
  • GoldenEye

Tina was truly the best!”

from ROLAND:

“The news of singer Tina Turner’s death was shocking to me because it didn’t seem like she was in her 80s. She was such a sweet, daring, and highly talented singer. Tina will be missed forever. However, she will be remembered with fondness. She was an embodiment of music, a lovely artist, dancer, and singer. My sincere sympathies go to the families and all loved ones affected.  Tina was indeed exceptional, her music touched our souls, uplifted our spirits, and inspired us to embrace our own power.  May her soul Rest in Peace.”

from JACKY

“I have a vivid memory of the 27th Annual Grammy Awards in February of 1985. It was an unforgettable evening where Tina Turner won a number of awards, including one for my favorite song, ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’. Prior to her appearance on stage, Leonard Bernstein who had also received the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the same event, took the stage and graciously introduced Tina, expressing his desire to witness the lady who taught women the art of dancing in heels. And then, in a mesmerizing moment, she descended a staircase, adorned in a stunning short dress, and her legs were nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. That image remains etched in my mind.”