Watch Lizzo belt out ‘Proud Mary’ for Tina Turner tribute
Lizzo didn’t waste any time paying homage to the late, great Tina Turner during a concert Wednesday night.
Just a few hours after it was announced that the Grammy Award-winning Queen of Rock died at age 83, the “About Damn Time” singer performed a gravel-voiced, highly energetic rendition of “Proud Mary,” one of Turner’s signature songs.
On the latest stop of her “Special Tour” in Phoenix, Lizzo told the sold-out crowd about the impact the singer had on her — before stripping down into a green sequined leotard to channel Turner’s iconic stage prowess.
“Today we lost an icon,” Lizzo said of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, known for legendary hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “(Simply) The Best.”
“I haven’t allowed myself to be sad. I haven’t allowed myself to cry about it,” Lizzo continued. “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 & Roll.”
“Remember this, there would be no rock & roll without Tina Turner,” she concluded.
The body positivity powerhouse was among the many famous faces saluting the icon. Beyoncé, Mick Jagger, Oprah Winfrey, Ringo Starr and Elton John all celebrated Turner’s legacy on social media following the news of her death.