Talk about a Warrior Woman! After a 17 year abusive relationship with Ike Turner, this powerhouse found the courage to leave and seek peace. Since Ike had trademarked her stage name, that name became the cornerstone of their divorce proceedings. Saying her “peace of mind was more important” than her share of their studio, publishing companies, four cars, and real estate, Tina walked away with nothing more than her name and the mountain of debt due to concert promoters and the IRS. She spent the next couple of years living with friends, receiving food stamps, and playing small clubs to pay off debts.
It took Tina seven years to make it back on the charts and into the forefront of mainstream music again, but her comeback, personally and professionally, was nothing short of amazing. To date, she has had top 40 hits in every decade for the last 60 years. Last month it was announced that she will be one of the recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Personally, we think her greatest lifetime achievement was getting rid of what got her down and getting herself free.