Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, may have passed away at the age 83, but there is no forgetting an artist and woman like her.
In her five-decade career, she was nominated for 25 Grammys, winning eight of them, inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll for both a group and an individual artist, sold about 180 million copies of albums and singles worldwide and was the first Black person on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Turner, whose hits include “Proud Mary,” “Simply the Best,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and led a legacy that went on to inspire and encourage many others. Beyoncé, Angela Bassett, Janet Jackson and countless others have deemed Turner as someone that they are influenced by.
Beyoncé wrote a heartfelt message in memory of Turner that she posted on her website. Her message is accompanied by a photo of the two during their 2008 Grammy performance together.
“My beloved queen. I love you endlessly,” Beyoncé starts the message. “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. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done.”
Many other celebrities including Mick Jagger, Mariah Carey and even former President Barack Obama paid their respects to the singer who is reported to have been dealing with illness and ailments before her death.
She used her pain and tough times to help her create music that others could relate to which is why she was loved by so many.
We’re sending condolences to all of her loved ones. May this gifted queen rest in peace.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago
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