Tina Turner is an American icon, but her U.S. passport is set to be surrender as she becomes a Swiss citizen.
The music icon, who is a native of Tennessee, has lived outside of Zurich since 1995, and has recently petitioned the local council to grant her citizenship of Switzerland. And as soon as state and federal officials sign off on the order (which could be finalized by the end of the year), Turner could become a legal resident. The decision had caught many people as surprised especially Jo Matherne, mayor of Brownsville, Tennessee (of which Turner’s hometown Nutbush is an unincorporated area), who says Turner had never forgotten her roots, even as she achieved worldwide fame. Turner isn’t the only (or first) celebrity to give up citizenship of a native country. Other celebrities that have gone that route include Nina Simone and Gerard Depardieu.
In other music news, another American icon is making his way to the Super Bowl. Stevie Wonder becomes the latest in a list of entertainers that will be performing on Super Bowl Weekend in New Orleans. He will be headlining an outdoor concert near the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel on the evening before the big game, with sponsorship from Bud Light.
Also performing that night will be blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr, and in his first concert in over four years, Justin Timberlake.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Tine Turner, inducted (as member of Ike and Tina Turner Revue) in 1991. Stevie Wonder, inducted in 1989.