Tina Turner, Beloved Legend and Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Dies at Age 83

The Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll, Tina Turner, has passed away at the age of 83. A musical trailblazer whose relevance spanned more than three decades, Turner is a multi-time Grammy Hall of Fame award recipient known as much for her charisma as her musical talents.

Few artists reach the iconic level where a first name alone indicates precisely who we are talking about. Until further notice, “Tina” rings legendary alongside names like “Elvis,” “Aretha,” “Prince,” and “Michael.” With Turner's passing, the world has lost a Queen.

Tina Turner is survived by two sons and husband, Erwin Bach.

A Career Enshrined in The Grammy Hall of Fame

While images of Tina Turner commanding the stage in sequined dresses and electro-shock hairstyle remain indelible in music fans' memories, her legacy in the Grammy Hall of Fame will prove even longer-lasting. The Queen amassed 25 Grammy nominations and eight wins over her career, including a share of the Album of the Year award for 2007's ensemble album River: The Joni Letters.

Turner's other seven Grammy wins include:

  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Tina Live in Europe)
  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (“Back Where You Started”)
  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (“One of the Living”)
  • Record of the Year (“What's Love Got to Do With It”)
  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“What's Love Got to Do With It”)
  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (“Better Be Good to Me”)
  • Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group (“Proud Mary”)

The 1980s were a renaissance for Turner, as she released “What's Love Got to Do With It,” the only number-one hit of her career. A powerhouse both on stage and for the record labels, Tina produced more than 100 million global record sales over her career.

A multi-talented performer, Turner also appeared in movies including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Tommy. 

The World Pays Its Respect to a Legend

The news of Turner's passing has elicited tributes from across the internet, starting with the official Twitter profile on behalf of Tina Turner:

Many other fans, including celebrities, reminisced about the impact Tina Turner had on their musical tastes and lives:

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was among those from the music community to pay their respects:

Diana Ross was among the other legendary musicians to share their shock and condolences:

Turner's passing proves, for the umpteenth time, that legends do pass away. Fortunately, they never die. Open up your Spotify app and pay tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll.

Featured Image Credit: Philip Spittle – Wiki Commons.

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Sam Mire is a freelance writer who has manned a variety of beats over nearly a decade in the literary biz. He has spent weeks in the Alaskan wildlands, immersed himself in the world of Florida's homeless population, covered live sporting events, and served as a linchpin for media outlets in the legal, tech, and entertainment spaces. Sam has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, AP News, Fox News, and, most notably, Wealth of Geeks. In his free time, he enjoys boxing, woodwork, petting his dog, and reveling in good company.