LL Cool J, Carole King and Tina Tuner inducted at Rock Hall | national
Turner, 81, who was most successful when she left her abusive husband Ike Turner, lives in Switzerland and did not attend the ceremony.
“If they’re still giving me awards at 81,” Turner said in a video message. “I must have done something right.”
She was inducted by actress Angela Bassett, who played magnetic singer and stunt performer in the 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.
Bassett called it “one of the most demanding roles I have ever played and one of the most fulfilling.” Like Tina, I was a little black girl who had dreams far beyond what the world expected of me.
Keith Urban and HER then performed “It’s Only Love” by Turner, a duet Turner did with Bryan Adams before Mickey Guyton sang “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and Christina Aguilera belted “River Deep, Mountain High “, one of Turner’s early successes.
This year’s ceremony was first held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the 20,000-seat home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and a location familiar to Jay-Z and Foo Fighters, who have played in the arena before.
It was a return to normal for the event, which was forced to go virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artists are only eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording. There are heated debates every year about omissions, and as Public Enemy’s Chuck D noted at a plague induction ceremony in the hall on Friday, patience is sometimes another requirement for entry.