As you can surely tell from my beaming smile: I am thrilled to now be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. What an honor! I am grateful to so many beloved people who believed in me and stood by me on my journey here – especially you, my fans. Keep on rocking! Love, Tina

Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, and H.E.R. with Keith Urban paid tribute to Tina Turner on the occasion of the singer’s second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this time as a solo artist. Tina was first inducted with Ike Turner in 1991.

TINA by Alberto Venzago

Following a video package featuring Tina testimonials from Cher, Lizzo and P!nk, H.E.R. and Urban performed a rocked-out guitar duet on “It’s Only Love,” a song Turner originally recorded as a duet for Bryan Adams’ 1984 album Reckless. Urban was a last-minute replacement for Adams, who exited the ceremony after reportedly testing positive for Covid-19.

Urban looked overjoyed to be there, taking lead vocals on the first verse and setting the stage for H.E.R. — amazingly cool in a baggy purple shirt and shades — to chime in with her own guitar solos and effortless belting. H.E.R. and Urban had palpable musical chemistry: At one point, the duo engaged in a guitar duel; at another, they shared a mic for a soaring, sustained vocal that drew loud cheers.

After a brief set change, Guyton took centre stage for “What’s Love Got to Do With.” Wearing a jean jacket and a black leather dress, she channelled Turner’s classic Eighties look and tapped into what made Turner’s original version so special, balancing urgency with restraint and adding R&B and gospel flourishes.

Aguilera rounded out the set with “River Deep Mountain High.” She too honoured Turner in her fashion choice, wearing a shirt that read, “Simply the Best.” But she took a more playful approach to the performance, bounding confidently onstage and sticking her tongue out at the crowd.

With her range, it’s a song she was born to sing, and Aguilera knew it. She channelled Turner’s magnetic performance style, but put her own spin on the song by reaching into her uppermost range, trilling and delivering wordless notes, and throwing her head back at the song’s end as a punctuation mark.

Tina Turner was the third artist to be a double inductee on Saturday night, alongside Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Carole King. “I am absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst such amazing artists!” Turner tweeted upon hearing about the induction. “Thank you for all your continued love and support over the years! Love, Tina.”

As a solo artist, Tina Turner racked up countless awards and accolades, led by her multiplatinum 1984 album Private Dancer, which featured the Number One single “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” a Grammy winner for Record of the Year. Although retired from the road, Turner’s been highly visible throughout 2021.

Earlier this year, an Emmy-nominated documentary on her life, Tina, aired on HBO, and in late September, actress Adrienne Warren won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in Broadway’s Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.

The ceremony will air Nov.20 on HBO.

Cover photo: Alberto Venzago

16 Replies to “Honoring The Queen Of Rock”

  1. On Sun, Oct 31, 2021 at 10:31 AM Tina Turner Blog wrote:

    > Ben posted: ” As you can surely tell from my beaming smile: I am thrilled > to now be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo > artist. What an honor! I am grateful to so many beloved people who believed > in me and stood by me on my journey here –” >

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      1. Looking at the clothes, hair, and make up, it looks like the photo in the “Honoring the Queen of Rock” likely was shot at the same time as the photo in September 24 “A Very Tina Time” post. I was wondering if any other news tidbits were recorded at the same time–a sit down, let’s do this kind of day.

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    1. You are simply the Best.I saw you twice in concert.Each time i was always thrilled to be there.Thank you Tina Turner. Sincerely Rhonda Ferguson.

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  2. No one deserves this more than our Queen, Tina. (I voted multiple times on the Hall of Fame website!!) she continues to be Simply the Best.

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  3. Ben, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with us long time Tina fans, and the newer fans that will always come to the Tina universe.It is so great that you update us on this site several times a year.It really does bring happiness to us!

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  4. Thanks again Ben. I absolutely love Tina Turner since I was 13,now at 67, I always listen to her music and read her books. I’m happy for her induction again because she went through hell and back. Today she’s healthy and has a husband who adores and loves her. I’m so happy for Tina I would love to see her 1 more time. Ben can you please pass on this message to Tina. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks again Ben

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    1. Hi Cherrye, What’s Love got to do with it is 1 of my favorite songs, at first she Tina didn’t like the song, but she ended up singing it and it became #1. But I know Tina was a big influence in my life. At 67 and half Native American you realize how short life can be. I love Tina Turner since I was 13 and I thank Ben for starting these blogs. I find people today are different,I grew up with no hatred my father said you treat people the way you want to be treated we all bleed the same color and he was right. I know your proud of your son and I don’t know his age but he cares for you and that’s the best compliment ever. I hope maybe I found a new friend. I appreciate you sharing that story.and my friends call me Little Wolf

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  5. Hi Ben, I know Tina will be 82 soon ,and your party will be in Cologne Germany this year. But unfortunately for me I had Total Back Reconstruction surgery last yr.on Oct 26th,and I was supposed to be in for 3 weeks but turned out I was there until Oct 30th.And my passport was updated so I will save it for next year. I’m working on a painting for Tina and it will take a while but when it’s finished, now this is only if you can or want to I would love to send you the photo and you can forward it to Tina. I’ll pay you for doing it plus it would mean the world to me. I know she and her husband live in a Chateau in Switzerland near the water but I can’t remember the name. So please think about it,and if you can’t I do understand.Just keep Tina Turner blogs coming I love reading each and every 1, your the best Ben and your work is greatly appreciated.

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  6. Thank you Ben. Yet another wonderful piece of heart warming ❤ and inspirational news.
    You have given your all to ensure that the Queen of Rock and Roll’s accomplishments, news and all other information is always at hand.
    We greatly appreciate your work and time.

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