On Wednesday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its class of nominees for 2021 and, what good taste!
By Rolling Stone, more than deserved heavyweights include Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J (again), Chaka Khan, Jay-Z, Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick, Rage Against the Machine, and Tina Turner. Other nominees include Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Devo, Carole King, the New York Dolls, and Todd Rundgren. 2021 marks the first year Jay-Z, Warwick, Kuti, Khan and Turner are eligible; If Turner is inducted, she will be the second woman to join the Hall of Fame for the second time. (She and Ike Turner previously joined in 1991; it’s also worth noting that Chaka Khan’s former group Rufus was nominated in 2019, but not supported yet.)
Speaking about the incredible pool of nominees, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President John Sykes said in a statement:
“This remarkable vote reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music celebrated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. These nominees have left an indelible impact on the world’s soundscape and influenced countless artists who have followed them. “
Speaking of indelible impact (and incredible, if I may add), the life of legendary rock & roll star Turner will also appear in a new documentary for HBO next month. According to a press release sent to The root, Tub will feature a mix of exclusive archival material spanning more than 60 years, as well as multiple interviews from notable figures like Oprah Winfrey, journalist Kurt Loder (co-author of Turner’s autobiography, I tina), and playwright and P-Valley EP and showrunner Katori Hall, who wrote Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Turner’s husband and former record executive, Erwin Bach, also appears, as does Angela Bassett, who iconically played Tina Turner in the 1993 film, what does love have to do with it opposite Laurence Fishburne.
The feature-length documentary comes from Oscar-winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Award-winning producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn of Lightbox and Diane Becker produced, along with Erwin Bach, Tali Pelman, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, David Gilbery, Charles Dorfman, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller as executive producers. More about HBO Tub, according to the press release:
This dynamic and unadorned account features engaging interviews with Tina herself, conducted in her hometown of Zurich, Switzerland, and with those closest to her. It also features a wealth of never-before-seen personal images, audio tapes and photos, telling a deep and compelling story about the queen of rock ‘n’ roll in all her complexity.
In the fall of 1981, struggling to gain a significant boost in her career, Tina Turner sat down for an interview with Carl Arrington, the music editor of People Magazine. Five years earlier, she had filed for divorce from Ike Turner, her husband and music partner for more than 16 years. Together they had climbed the charts and made musical history with their hits “A Fool in Love,” “River Deep – Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.” Offstage, they appeared to have a healthy marriage and family life.
The story she would tell Carl was an honest and heartbreaking account of the abuse and torture she had endured during her marriage, and the courageous escape she made after years of trauma. The article would be the first of many profiles that would cement Tina’s image as a survivor, helping to feed the story of her extraordinary but unlikely return to her career.
The documentary premieres Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO and will be available for broadcast on HBO Max.