Tina Turner, singer dubbed the queen of rock ‘n’ roll, dead at 83

Singer Tina Turner has died aged 83, one of her representatives said on Wednesday.

She died peacefully after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said.

Turner began her career in the 1950s during the early years of rock and roll and evolved into an MTV phenomenon.

WATCH | Turner performs in St. John’s in 1985:

Tina Turner in Newfoundland in 1985

In the summer of 1985, Tina Turner played four dates in St. John’s.

In the video for her chart-topping song What’s Love Got to Do with It, in which she called love a “second-hand emotion,” Turner epitomized 1980s style as she strutted through New York City streets with her spiky blond hair, wearing a cropped jean jacket, mini skirt and stiletto heels.

With her taste for musical experimentation and bluntly-worded ballads, Turner gelled perfectly with a ’80s pop landscape in which music fans valued electronically produced sounds and scorned hippie-era idealism.

Sometimes nicknamed the “queen of rock ‘n’ roll,” Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. The decade saw her land a dozen songs on the Top 40, including Typical Male, The BestPrivate Dancer and Better Be Good to Me. Her 1988 show in Rio de Janeiro drew 180,000 people, which remains one of the largest concert audiences for any single performer.

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