Diva Database: Tina Turner

Tina Turner Performs In Manchester

Tina Turner is the diva blueprint for Beyoncé and any other diva shaking a tail feather on stage today. Anna Mae from Nutbush is the originator of giving lots of leg in sweat-popping performances to edgy hard driving music. As she says in that smoky voice on her classic “Proud Mary,” she rarely did things “nice and easy,” but preferred them “nice and rough.” She’s tough, too, overcoming years of abuse at the hands Ike Turner and staging a stellar comeback with her album “Private Dancer” in the 80s, winning a Grammy for “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” which became the name of the movie about her inspirational life.