About Tina Turner
In this picture, President George W. Bush congratulates Tina Turner during a reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House Sunday, December 4, 2005. From left, the honorees are singer Tony Bennett, dancer Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie Harris, actor Robert Redford and singer Tina Turner.
2005 – Kennedy Center Honors
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The Honors have been presented annually since 1978 in Washington, D.C., during gala weekend-long events which culminate in a performance for — and honoring — the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
This is what the committee said about Tina Turner:
She helped put the soul back in rock and roll, fused genres and raised American popular music to frenzied levels of international adulation and excitement. She embodies the best and the earthiest meaning of women in rock. Her Cinderella tale is a constant source of inspiration to generations of fans. The whole world seems to know her story, both from her best-selling autobiography I, Tina and from the Oscar-nominated film based on that book. But there is always more to Tina Turner, who has overcome what to many would seem insurmountable odds and each time has risen like the phoenix in full splendor.
Ugly Duckling Stories
The statement by the Kennedy Center Honors committee describes Tina Turner's life in terms of a "Cinderella tale" and the "phoenix." Her life is also an "ugly duckling story."