The 81-year-old Turner, who found her greatest success when she left abusive husband Ike Turner, lives in Switzerland and did not attend the ceremony.
“If they’re still giving me awards at 81,” Turner said in a video message. “I must have done something right.”
She was inducted by actress Angela Bassett, who played the magnetic singer and tour de force stage entertainer in the 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Bassett called it “one of the most demanding roles I’ve ever played and one of the most fulfilling. Like Tina, I was a little black girl who had dreams far beyond what the world expected of me.”
Keith Urban and H.E.R. then performed Turner’s “It’s Only Love” a duet Turner did with Bryan Adams before Mickey Guyton sang “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and Christina Aguilera belted “River Deep, Mountain High” one of Turner’s first hits.
This year’s ceremony was held for the first time at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the 20,000-seat home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and a venue familiar to Jay-Z and Foo Fighters, who have played shows in the arena before.
It was a return to normalcy for the event, which was forced to go virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artists are not eligible for induction until 25 years after release of their first recording. There are lively debates every year over omissions, and as Public Enemy’s Chuck D noted during a plague induction ceremony on Friday at the hall, patience is sometimes another requirement for entrance.