Lizzo honors the late Tina Turner for her legendary contributions to music.
His representative confirmed that the global icon died Wednesday at the age of 83 after suffering from a “long illness”.
Lizzo paid an emotional tribute as she performed on her tour at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and then channeled the superstar by performing one of her most famous songs.
“There would be no rock ‘n’ roll without Tina Turner!” The 35-year-old “2 Be Loved” singer sang hymns to the crowd repeatedly while wearing a green sparkly cut-out dress with high slits.
Visibly shedding tears in shared clip twitterLizzo said she tried not to get emotional and instead wanted to “celebrate” the “queen of rock ‘n’ roll.”
She then rushed to do an electrifying rendition of “Proud Mary” and then ripped her lower part of her dress mid-song, revealing a leotard for the tune’s famous collapse. Originally written by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the piece has become synonymous with Turner’s shimmering tassel dress and toned legs. Ed Sullivan Show in 1970
Turner lived in Switzerland with her husband, German actor and music producer Erwin Bach. In recent years he has battled a number of serious health problems, including stroke, bowel cancer, and complete kidney failure requiring organ transplants.
With one of the longest careers in rock history, Turner has been in the Billboard Top 40 for forty years, earning Grammys, Kennedy Center Honors, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction.
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An official statement Wednesday from Turner’s publisher, Bernard Doherty, read:
The “Queen of Rock’n Roll” Tina Turner died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness at her home in Küsnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland. With him, the world is losing a musical legend and a role model,” read the statement. “There will be a private funeral that will be attended by close friends and family. Please respect her family’s privacy at this difficult time.”