Celebrities and fans have paid tribute to Tina Turner, after the death aged 83 of the soul star behind hits like The Best and What’s Love Got to Do With It.
Beyoncé called her the “epitome of passion and power”, and was joined by Sir Mick Jagger and other stars in saluting Turner’s musical legacy.
The late performer was also lauded by Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey for overcoming years of domestic abuse.
The Obamas praised her for “singing her truth through joy and pain”.
They were joined by current US President Joe Biden, who noted that Turner had started life as a farmer’s daughter and saluted her “once-in-a-generation talent”.
The singer, whose death in Switzerland was announced on Wednesday, had suffered a number of health issues in recent years.
Born in Tennessee and raised in the church, Turner basically elbowed her way into rock and roll and rose to fame in the 1960s.
When Ike Turner refused to give her an audition, she waited for the intermission in his show, grabbed a drummer’s microphone and let rip.
She sang with the band for the rest of the night, and soon got equal billing with Ike himself – later marrying her co-star.
They were one of the most watchable, combustible bands on the soul circuit. Many of their hits were covers of other people’s material.
Proud Mary, Get Back, Whole Lotta Love: whatever the material, Tina could make it her own. The same was true of the song that became her signature hit in the 1980s, What’s Love Got To Do With It.
American singer Gloria Gaynor, who gained prominence at the same time, said Turner “paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white”.
Another contemporary, Diana Ross, said she was “shocked” and “saddened” by Turner’s death.
Sir Mick Jagger described the star as “enormously talented”, singling out the fact that “she helped me so much when I was young”.
Another British music star, Sir Elton John, called Turner a “total legend on record and on stage”.