Her work will always be remembered. Here are some things about Tina Turner that show she is a real queen.

Tina Turner’s death at age 83 shocked the music world. She was known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Even though she is gone, the amazing songs she left behind will live on forever. Tina Turner has been fighting colon cancer for the past nine years, and it killed her in the end.

In honor of this unique artist, whose independent spirit summed up an entire musical era, the editor-in-chief chose to share some interesting, unusual, and less-well-known facts about her.

  • Tina Turner was not her real name, even though she was known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. She started her singing career in 1957 as “Little Anne” in Ike Turner’s band, the “Kings of Rhythm.” She was born Anna May Bullock. Three years later, when she sang with Ike on the song “A Fool in Love,” she started going by the name “Tina Turner.”
  • As part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Tina helped create one of the most financially successful duos in U.S. history. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Sly Stone, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Elton John, and Elvis Presley all influenced their music.
  • Tina Turner’s strong will was clear even when she was young. She was able to be on the dance team and play basketball for her school at the same time. Before she became famous, she worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a cleaner and a nurse’s helper.
  • Turner has often called herself a “Buddhist Baptist.” This is because she grew up in a Baptist church, where her father was a minister, and later became a Buddhist as an adult. In 2016, she said in public that she was a Buddhist.
  • Tina Turner went on a world tour in 1988 to promote her record “Break Every Rule.” During her show in Rio de Janeiro, she did something amazing: she sold 180,000 tickets, which put her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest paid crowd for a solo act. This performance broke the record set by Frank Sinatra in 1980.
  • Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards over the course of her career. Notably, she is still the only act to have been nominated for Grammys in the pop, rock, and R&B categories all at the same time.
  • Rolling Stone magazine put Tina Turner at #63 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” because they thought she was so talented.
  • Tina Turner is one of the few singers who have been admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, which is pretty amazing. She was first inducted in 1991 with Ike Turner as part of a duo. In 2021, she was inducted on her own as a singer.
  • In her home state of Tennessee, a road was named the “Tina Turner Highway” to honor her life and work.
  • Tina Turner tried acting in addition to her singing business, and both critics and audiences liked what they saw. Notably, she was in the rock show “Tommy,” which was based on a record by The Who with the same name. Her most famous part was as Aunt Entity in “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.”