Monday, June 24, 2024

Simply the Best: Tina Turner Jumps into First Place in Rock Hall Fan Vote, Jay Z is Dead Last with Less than 100,000 Votes


Roger Davies, Tina Turner’s manager, gets a pat on the back today. His decision to make that HBO documentary “Tina” has proven to be a win win win.

Our beloved Tina has jumped into first place in the fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s about doubled her votes since the documentary premiered on HBO. (Applause.)

Tina now has more than 463K votes, and leaps ahead of world music influencer Fela Kuti, who was leading the vote until the doc aired last month.

The Go Gos’s, Iron Maiden, and the Foo Fighters round out the top 5. Number 6 is Carole King, the only other act to have more than 300,000 votes.

Dead last? Rapper Jay Z, with just 99,512 votes. If Jay Z gets in via the Nominating Committee there will be an outcry. Jann Wenner, who used to manipulate the vote, isn’t in charge anymore but I wouldn’t put it past him to try some trickery from the outside. RRHOF: don’t do it.

Tina’s ascent to number 1 is really lovely. She’s already in the RRHOF with ex husband Ike Turner. But her solo career far outweighs the one with Ike, and Ike’s history of abuse would almost qualify him for expulsion. (Almost, because his musical contributions can’t be overlooked, even by Tina.)

It’s unlikely Tina would come to the Hall induction in Cleveland given the pandemic and her health. But the show’s producers can get the great Adrienne Warren from Tina’s Broadway show, to do the honors.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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