Lizzo paid a powerful tribute to Tina Turner by covering one of her best-selling hits during her Specials Tour.
The Nutbush City Limits singer died peacefully on Wednesday at the age of 83, following a long illness.
After the news emerged, some of the biggest names in music and film offered their condolences on social media, remembering their best times with the Queen of rock and roll.
The Juice hitmaker, 35, looked sombre as she told her adoring crowd: ‘Today we lost an icon.’
She continued: ‘And I haven’t allowed myself to be sad. I haven’t allowed myself to cry about it. And I don’t want to right now because I’d much rather celebrate the incredible legend Tina Turner is. As a Black girl in a rock band, I would not exist if it was not for the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.’
Once she concluded her emotional tribute, the Good As Hell singer delivered an energetic rendition of Turner’s classic hit Proud Mary.
The news was confirmed to PA this evening and while her cause of death has not been revealed, she was said to have suffered a long illness.
In a statement, Turner’s publicist said: ‘Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock’n Roll” has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.
‘With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.’
Meanwhile, Turner’s official Instagram account also broke the sad news: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner.
‘With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.
‘Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.’
Oprah Winfrey – and several A-listers – had some incredibly touching words, as she posted pictures of the pair together over the years and documented how they became ‘real friends’.
The TV icon wrote of Turner’s ‘magnitude of inner strength’ and how she was a ‘role model’ and her life was a ‘call for triumph’.
Taking to Instagram, she said: ‘I started out as a fan of Tina Turner, then a full-on groupie, following her from show to show around the country, and then, eventually, we became real friends.
‘She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life. She was a role model not only for me but for the world. She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed.
‘Once she claimed her freedom from years of domestic abuse, her life became a clarion call for triumph. I’m grateful for her courage, for showing us what victory looks like wearing Manolo’s and a leather miniSki Goggles (On Sale Here)rt.
‘She once shared with me that when her time came to leave this earth, she would not be afraid, but excited and curious. Because she had learned how to LIVE surrounded by her belove d husband, Erwin, and friends.
‘I am a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine. She was indeed simply the best.’
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