WATCH | In honor of Tina Turner's 77th birthday Nov. 26, Circa is celebrating all the reasons why the iconic pop star is simply "The Best."
Turner is an inspiration way beyond her powerhouse vocals and legendary legs. Janet Jackson nailed it when she called turner "an enduring symbol of survival and grace."
Born Anna Mae Bullock on Nov. 26, 1939, Turner overcame many hardships to become a star.
She performed with Ike Turner, who gave her the stage name Tina Turner, in the '60s.
When she opened for the Rolling Stones in 1969, audiences couldn't resist her energy or her versatile vocals that would continue to thrive in R&B, rock, soul and pop.
Her influence transcended music in the '70s when she left Ike, who'd physically abused her.
"I started to like myself when i divorced [ike] and took control of my life," she told Oprah Winfrey.
Facing huge debts for leaving Ike mid-tour, Tina made a huge comeback as an '80s solo artist. "Private Dancer" helped fuel her return to the charts.
Her monster hit "What's Love Got to Do with It" is still a classic, more than three decades after topping the charts.
Back in '84, that song won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Her Aunty Entity in 1985's "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" is a badass feminist pioneer, paving the way for Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa in "Mad Max: Fury Road."
She has 8 Grammys, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame immortality.
And her cover of Credence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" doesn't just do it justice ...
... it's simply "The Best."