Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, passed away at her home near Zurich, following a long illness, her manager confirmed to the Associated Press on May 24. She was 83.
During her 60-year career, Turner made lasting friendships both within the industry and outside it. Following the news of her death, famous admirers and icons she influenced, such as Beyoncé, remembered the singer in beautiful tributes.
“My beloved queen. I love you endlessly,” Beyoncé wrote on her website. “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.”
The two iconic artists previously performed “Proud Mary” together at the 2008 Grammys. Beyoncé also performed a tribute to Turner at the Kennedy Center in 2005, where she gazed at Turner from the stage and said, “I’ll never forget the first time I saw you perform. I never in my life saw a woman so powerful, so fearless, so fabulous — and those legs!”
Elsewhere on social media, musicians and performers celebrated Turner's legacy, with Keke Palmer sharing a photo of Turner on Instagram, and Ciara writing, “Thank you for the inspiration you gave us all.”
Angela Bassett, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Turner in the 1993 biopic What's Love Got to Do With It, recalled working with the singer on the film in her 2022 Glamour cover story. Turner often showed up on set, Bassett said, and offered to assist the young actor with her performance.
“You’re perfect,” Bassett remembers the singer telling her, to which she replied, “I cannot be perfect."
“But that she would tell me so and support me so,” she continued. “How generous. I had never seen her perform as a young person, but those older than me, black and white, had, and she had made an impact with her gift. This beautiful, statuesque Black queen with talent and power coming out of every pore! That commanded you to bow down! And to look up! That’s who we are. Her, on that stage.”
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