Tina Turner’s life is a lesson in accomplishment. As far as I’m concerned, Tina Turner was, is, and will ALWAYS be, “simply the best.” Here’s why.
For starters, Tina Turner sold over 100 million records worldwide in her lifetime.
Tina Turner did more than make music.
She broke racial/gender barriers for women, all over the world.
She became a Guinness Book of World Record holder for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer. #micdropped
She was awarded TWO stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Bush.
I have been reading tons of articles about the life of this legendary icon. Almost all of these accounts address her past personal life.
I wish to honor Tina Turner’s life with a list, literally, of some of her most extraordinary accomplishments.
Tina has a Top 40 hit in each decade for 7 decades.
Tina has 12 Grammy Awards.
Tina has a Barbie Doll made for her.
I don’t want her accomplishments to be reduced to overcoming trauma. If the staggering range of her accomplishments is not shown, the world will remember her based on other people’s pain not her spirituality, her self-love, and her sheer genius.
Tina Turner is more than “What’s Love Got To Do With it.”
Tina Turner is more than “Eat the cake Anna Mae.”
Tina Turner is more than “Nutbush City Limits.”
So much more.
The string of accolades and accomplishments listed below give a more holistic view of this extraordinary human being.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND LEGACY OF “THE QUEEN OF ROCK & ROLL” TINA TURNER!
- 1967: Turner was the first black artist and first female on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (Issue No. 2).
- 1993: World Music Awards presented Turner with the Legend Award.
- 1993: Essence Awards honored Turnerwith the Living Legend Award.
- 1996: Turner received the accolade of Légion d’Honneur from the French education minister.
- 1999: Turner ranked No.2 on VH1‘s list of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll.
- 2002: Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named “Tina Turner Highway”.
- 2003: Rolling Stone ranked Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner No. 212 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (No. 214 on 2012 revised list).
- 2004: People ranked her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” as one of the top 10 Grammy moments.
- 2008: Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 17 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
- 2009: Time ranked her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” as one of the top 10 Grammy moments.
- 2010: Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- 2013: Turner covered Vogue Germany, becoming the oldest person (aged 73) to cover Vogue magazine, surpassing Meryl Streep (aged 62) who covered American Vogue in 2012.
- 2014: Turner was inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame.
- 2015: Rolling Stone ranked Ike & Tina Turner No. 2 on their list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.
- 2015: Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
- 2016: An image of Turner taken by Jack Robinson in 1969 was used as the cover for The Last Shadow Puppets album Everything You’ve Come to Expect.
- 2019: Turner was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
- 2020: Private Dancer was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.
- 2021: Turner became a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
- 2021: Turner received an honorary doctorate for her “unique musical and artistic life’s work” from the Philosophical and Historical Faculty of the University of Bern.
- 2022: Mattel released a Barbie doll in Turner’s likeness to commemorate her single “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Thank you Tina Turner.
You are, simply the best.