On Wednesday, spokespersons for Tina Turner announced that the iconic performer had died at the age of 83. Over her decades-long career, she has collaborated with a litany of artists including, Rod StewartBarry White, prick, and in recent years, the phenomenon of dance music Kygo. The announcement of his death caused a wave of emotion on social networks.
She has received many tributes from musicians inspired by her work. In an interview with MSNBC, Dear spoke of visiting Turner recently as his health deteriorated. “She was such a force. Honestly, I think she hit it all hard,” Cher said. “She wasn’t going to stop. She may not have won every battle, but she has fought every war. She was there, fighting for everything she believed in… She’s one of the great artists of our generation, in rock and roll. There was no one else like her. There is no other person who could come close to who she was.
Beyonce shared a message about the singer on her website, along with a photo from the couple’s joint performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. “My Beloved Queen, I love you so much. I am so grateful for your inspiration and all the ways you led the way,” she wrote. “You are strength and resilience. You are the embodiment of power and passion. We are all so lucky to have witnessed your kindness and your beautiful spirit that will remain forever. Thank you for all you have done.”
On his Instagram account, Elton John said his death was “the saddest news” and praised his performing skills. “We have lost one of the most exciting and electric artists in the world. A total legend on record and on stage,” it read. “She was untouchable.
Mick Jagger wrote about helping him early in his career. “So saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner,” he wrote on Instagram. “She was truly an extremely talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.
Brian Adams wrote about his memories with her. “I will be forever grateful to you for taking me on tour, for going to the studio together and most of all for being your friend,” he said. “Thank you for being an inspiration to millions around the world for speaking your truth and giving us your amazing voice.”
Ciara wrote: “Thank you for the inspiration you have given us all.” Keke Palmer shared a portrait of Turner on her Instagram story.
She had many famous names among her fans. In a statement, the President Joe Biden praises his talent. “In addition to being a unique talent in a generation that forever changed American music, Tina’s personal strength was remarkable,” it read. “Overcoming adversity, and even abuse, she built a career for the ages and a life and legacy that was entirely hers.” Barack And michelle obama paid tribute to him on their social media accounts. “Tina Turner was raw,” he wrote. “She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was shameless herself – speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy. Tributes also came from Bill Clinton, vice-president Kamala Harris, And Al Gore.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, took to Twitter to share a memory, a photo that shows him posing with Turner and Elizabeth Taylor at a concert in 1997. “Rest in peace to one of my all-time favorite artists, the legendary queen of rock n’ roll Tina Turner,” he wrote. “I’ve seen her many times and hands down she put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. She always gave you what you paid for.
Bill Simmons also chimed in with an assessment of his career. “Tina Turner – LEGEND. What a life, what a career, what a comeback, what an impact. I hate to RIP Twitter but RIP,” he wrote on Twitter. “Also, I think ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of the greatest songs of all time.”
Actor Whitaker Forest also commented on his legacy. “Tina Turner was an icon, whom we loved for her voice, her dancing and her spirit,” he wrote. “As we pay homage to her, we also reflect on her resilience and think of all the greatness that may follow our darkest days.”
Writer Roxane Gay wrote that Turner’s work “has always reminded me that you can thrive and live fully and joyfully after great suffering”. George Takei creatively referenced a few of his greatest hits in his tribute. “A true legend has passed. Tina Turner has passed away at the age of 83,” he wrote. “She was our River Deep and our Mountain High, the private dancer in our hearts. She showed us that love really does have everything. to do with this and that we really needed another hero.
Even NASA stepped in with a visual tribute on Twitter. “Simply the best. Music legend Tina Turner shone on stage and in millions of hearts as the queen of rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “Her legacy will forever live on among the stars.”
Turner had a particularly vibrant career in Britain, where commentators also praised his legacy. Piers Morgan said she was “simply the best”. David Lamy of LBC summed up her contributions as an artist and activist in a tweet. “Very sad that music legend Tina Turner has passed away,” he said. “His music soared with energy, verve and soul. The power of her story to overcome abuse and hardship has been an inspiration to so many. She was an absolute icon.
This article has been updated.