Tina Turner Forever. In memory of a great singer, who died today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. Today we bid farewell to a beloved singer who leaves behind a great musical legacy. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to her family during this difficult time. Tina, your absence will be deeply felt, and we will cherish the memories of you forever. We will miss you dearly.
Tribute by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE and all team.
Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, was a beacon of love and resilience in the music industry. Her journey was not only defined by her extraordinary talent but also by her unwavering spirit and the power of love.
From her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina’s love for music blossomed. It was her love for singing that carried her through the challenges she faced and provided solace in difficult times. Her voice, filled with passion and emotion, became a vessel for spreading love to the world.
Love also found its way into Tina’s life when she met Ike Turner, the man who would become her partner both on and off the stage. Their love for music united them and led to incredible collaborations. Together, they crafted a unique sound and delivered electrifying performances that touched the hearts of audiences everywhere.
However, love is a complex journey, and Tina experienced its darker side. In the midst of success, she endured an abusive relationship with Ike. Yet, it was her love for herself and the strength within her that empowered her to break free and reclaim her life.
With immense courage, Tina embarked on a solo career, fueled by the love she had for her art and her unwavering belief in herself. The 1980s marked a new chapter for her, as she rose to even greater heights, captivating the world with her soul-stirring voice and captivating stage presence.
Her iconic album “Private Dancer” became a testament to the power of self-love and resilience. Hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” resonated deeply with audiences, reminding them of the universal language of love that binds us all.
Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Aged 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Her chart success continued with “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”, “Typical Male”, “The Best”, “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, and “GoldenEye”. During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then–Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.
Beyond the stage, Tina’s love extended to the silver screen, where she showcased her acting talent. Her performances in films like “Tommy” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” added another dimension to her artistic repertoire, captivating audiences with her versatility and charm.
Through it all, Tina Turner’s love for music, her fans, and her own journey never wavered. Her magnetic presence and genuine warmth touched the lives of millions, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing her talent.
Tina’s legacy is one of love triumphing over adversity, of strength forged in the fires of hardship, and of a woman who embraced her own power and inspired others to do the same. Her music continues to resonate, reminding us that love is not only a beautiful melody but also a force that can heal, empower, and connect us all.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.
Tina Turner, a true embodiment of love, will forever remain in our hearts as a beacon of light, reminding us to embrace love in all its forms and to live our lives with passion, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to spreading love to the world.