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Honorific titles[1] are often conferred upon popular music artists for their contributions to the field. Steve Holsey of the Michigan Chronicle observes "[b]ehind most nicknames there is a story. The reasons for them can be logical, based on a reality aspect of the person, or they can be whimsical. That is part of the beauty of nicknames - they can range from the silly to the sublime, and everything in between."[2] Holsey adds, "[t]here is certainly no shortage of nicknames in the world of entertainment. Titles either."[2] These titles—such as King/Queen, Prince/Princess, or Godfather/Godmother—may be given to them by the media, marketing departments of the record companies, fans, or critics. In some cases, more than one artist may have been given the same title, while a single artist can be attributed multiple titles.

Ashante Infantry of the Toronto Star wrote in 2004 that among the world's popular music artists, such as Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson, these honorific titles have remained "undisputed", regardless of death or diminishment.[3]

The title can be used as a promotional commercial tool by the artist or record company. For example, Buddah Records released The Five Stairsteps compilation album, The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps in 2001.[4] Similarly, in 2008, Michael Jackson and Sony BMG released a compilation album called King of Pop in various countries.[5] As a marketing tool, Japanese recording artist Namie Amuro titled her 2005 sixth studio album Queen of Hip-Pop, signifying her transition from Japanese pop music to Japanese hip hop.[6]

Male titlesEdit

Title Artist Country Source
Architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard U.S. [7][8]
Boss Bruce Springsteen U.S. [9]
Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra U.S. [10]
Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe U.S. [11]
Father of Death Metal Chuck Schuldiner U.S. [12][13][14]
Father of Motown Berry Gordy U.S. [15]
Father of Rock and Roll Ike Turner U.S. [16]
God of Voices Vitas Russia [17]
God of Rock Freddie Mercury U.K. [18]
God of Songs Jacky Cheung Hong Kong [19]
Sam Hui Hong Kong [20]
Principal of Cantopop Alan Tam Hong Kong[21]
God of the Music Michael Jackson U.S. [22]
Godfather of Britpop Ray Davies U.K. [23]
Godfather of Electronic Music Jean Michel Jarre France [24]
Godfather of Funk George Clinton U.S. [25]
Godfather of Gangster Rap Eazy-E U.S. [26][27]
Godfather of Goth Peter Murphy U.K. [27][28]
Godfather of Folk Narasimha Murthy, Manapragada India [29]
Godfather of Grunge Neil Young Canada [30]
Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne U.K. [31]
Godfather of Noise Merzbow Japan [32]
Godfathers of Polka Luke Witkowski, Brian Kirchberg Poland [33]
Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop U.S. [34][35]
Pete Townshend U.K. [36][37]
Godfather of Punk Guitar Ron Asheton U.S. [38]
Godfather of Rap Rudy Ray Moore U.S. [39]
George Clinton U.S. [40]
Godfather of Rocksteady Alton Ellis Jamaica [41]
Godfather of Soul James Brown U.S. [42][43]
Grandfather of Rock and Roll Robert Johnson U.S. [44]
Godson of Soul Usher U.S. [45]
His Purple Majesty or His Royal Badness Prince U.S. [46][47][48][49]
King Elvis Presley U.S. [50]
Jimmy Zámbó Hungary [51][52]
King of Bhangra Malkit Singh U.K. [53][54]
King of the Blues John Lee Hooker U.S. [55]
B. B. King U.S. [56][57]
King of Country Roy Acuff U.S. [58]
Garth Brooks U.S. [59]
George Strait U.S. [60]
King of Folk Woody Guthrie U.S. [61]
Bob Dylan U.S. [62]
Narasimha Murthy, Manapragada India [29]
King of Folk rock Bob Dylan U.S. [63]
King of Funk Rick James U.S. [64]
King of Heavy MetalOzzy Osbourne U.K. [65]
King of the High C's Luciano Pavarotti Italy [66]
King of the Jukebox Louis Jordan U.S. [67]
Dick Todd U.S. [68]
King of the Pan Flute Gheorghe Zamfir Romania [69]
King of PopMichael Jackson U.S. [70][71][72]
King of Canto Pop Jacky Cheung Hong Kong [73]
King of Chinese Pop Jay Chou Taiwan [74]
King of Iranian Pop Shadmehr Aghili Iran [75]
The Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese Pop Jacky Cheung Hong Kong [19]
Leon Lai Hong Kong [19]
Andy Lau Hong Kong [19]
Aaron Kwok Hong Kong [19]
King of Japanese Pop Tetsuya Komuro Japan [76]
King of Jazz Paul Whiteman U.S. [77]
King of Latin Pop Juan Gabriel Mexico [78]
Enrique Iglesias Spain [79]
Julio Iglesias Spain [80]
Ricky Martin Puerto Rico [81]
King of Motown Smokey Robinson U.S. [82]
King of Punk RockJoe Strummer U.K. [83]
King of RagtimeScott Joplin U.S. [84]
King of Raï Khaled Algeria [85][86]
King of RapTupac Shakur U.S. [87]
Kurtis Blow U.S. [88]
DMX U.S. [89]
Snoop Dogg U.S. [90][91]
Eminem U.S. [92]
Jay-Z U.S. [93][94]
The Notorious B.I.G. U.S. [95]
50 Cent U.S. [96]
Rick Rubin U.S. [97]
Russell Simmons U.S. [97]
King of R&BR. Kelly U.S. [98][99]
Usher U.S. [100]
King of Reggae Bob Marley Jamaica [101][102]
King of Rockabilly Carl Perkins U.S. [103][104]
King of Rock and Roll Chuck Berry U.S. [105]
Fats Domino U.S. [106]
Alan Freed U.S. [107]
Bill Haley U.S. [107]
Michael Jackson U.S. [72]
B.B. King U.S. [106]
Elvis Presley U.S. [108]
Little Richard U.S. [109]
King of Rock 'n' Soul Solomon Burke U.S. [110]
King of Shock Rock Alice Cooper U.S. [111][112]
King of SkiffleLonnie Donegan U.K. [113]
King of Soul James Brown U.S. [114]
Michael Jackson U.S. [72]
Otis Redding U.S. [115]
King of SwingBenny Goodman U.S. [116]
Gene Krupa U.S. [117]
King of Western Swing Bob Wills U.S. [118]
Spade Cooley U.S. [119]
King of the SouthLudacris U.S. [120][121]
T.I. U.S. [122]
Geto Boys U.S. [123]
King of TejanoEmilio U.S. [124]
Metal God Rob Halford U.K. [125]
Mister Country Music Red Foley U.S. [126]
ModfatherPaul Weller U.K. [127][128]
Pied Piper of R&B R. Kelly U.S. [129]
Pope of Mope Morrissey U.K. [130]
Prince Of Calabria Alex Gaudino U.S. [131]
Prince of Motown Marvin Gaye U.S. [132]
Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne U.K. [133]
Prince of Pop Justin Timberlake U.S. [134]
Michael Jackson U.S. [135]
Erik Santos Philippines [136]
Robbie Williams U.K. [137]
Prince of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias Spain [138]
Ricardo Montaner Venezuela [139]
Prince of R&BUsher U.S. [140]
Prince of ReggaeDennis Brown U.S. [141][142]
Prince of Soul Marvin Gaye U.S. [143]
Momy Levy Israel [144]
Otis Redding U.S. [145]
Prince of Songs & The Diamond Voice Vitas Russia [146]
Prince of DanceBT U.S. [147][148]
Rajah of RhythmBenny Goodman U.S. [117]
Prince of Urdu BalladMaaz Moeed Pakistan [117]

Female titlesEdit

Title Artist Country Source
Crossover QueenShania Twain Canada [149]
Empress of PopAyumi Hamasaki Japan [150]
Empress of SoulGladys Knight U.S. [151]
First Lady of Hip Hop SoulFaith Evans U.S. [152]
First Lady of CountryTammy Wynette U.S. [153][154]
First Lady of SongElla Fitzgerald U.S. [155][156]

Godmother of Punk||Patti Smith || U.S. ||[157][158]

High Priestess of SoulNina Simone U.S. [159][160]
Queen Bee Lil' Kim U.S. [161]
Queen of the BluesKoko Taylor U.S. [162][163]
Dinah Washington U.S. [164][165]
Queen of Christmas MusicAmy Grant U.S. [166][167]
Queen of Classical CrossoverSarah Brightman U.K. [168]
Queen of Clubs Dannii Minogue Australia [169]
Kylie Minogue Australia [170]
Queen of CountryKitty Wells U.S. [171][172]
Loretta Lynn U.S. [173][174]
Reba McEntire U.S. [173][175]
Dolly Parton U.S. [173][176]
Queen of Disco Donna Summer U.S. [177]
Gloria Gaynor U.S. [178]
Sylvester U.S. [179]
Queen of Folk Joan Baez U.S. [180]
Sandy Denny U.K. [181]
Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi India [182]
Odetta U.S. [183]
Queen of GospelMahalia Jackson U.S. [184][185]
Queen of Heavy MetalLee Aaron Canada [186]
Kiloran Greenan U.S. [187]
Sharon Osbourne U.K. [65]
Queen of Hip HopMissy Elliott U.S. [188]
Lauryn Hill U.S. [189]
Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige U.S. [190][191]
Queen of Hip-PopNamie Amuro Japan [6]
Queen of JazzElla Fitzgerald U.S. [192][193]
Queen of Pop Christina Aguilera U.S.[194]
Beyoncé U.S. [195][196]
Mariah Carey U.S. [197][198]
Celine Dion Canada [199][200]
Whitney Houston U.S. [201][202]
Janet Jackson U.S. [203][204]
Madonna U.S. [205][206]
Shakira Colombia [207]
Nina Philippines [208]
Gwen Stefani U.S. [209]
Britney Spears U.S. [210][211]
Rihanna Barbados [212][213]
Queen of Canto PopAnita Mui Hong Kong [214][215]
Queen of Chinese PopTeresa Teng Taiwan [216]
Queen of Christian PopAmy Grant U.S. [217][218]
Queen of Japanese PopNamie Amuro Japan [219][220]
Ayumi Hamasaki Japan [221]
Queen of Latin PopGloria Estefan U.S. [222]
Queen of Urban Pop Aaliyah U.S. [223]
Queen of the Power BalladCeline Dion Canada [224]
Queen of Punk RockJoan Jett U.S. [225]
Siouxsie Sioux U.K. [226]
Toyah Willcox U.K. [227]
Queen of R&BBeyoncé U.S. [228][229]
Mary J. Blige U.S. [230][231]
Brandy U.S. [232][233]
Ruth Brown U.S. [234][235]
Mariah Carey U.S. [236]
Double Japan [6]
Alicia Keys U.S. [237][238]
Janet Jackson U.S. [239][240]
Rihanna Barbados [241]
Queen of Canadian R&BJully Black Canada [242]
Queen of RockabillyWanda Jackson U.S. [243]
Queen of Rock and RollJanis Joplin U.S. [244][245]
Courtney Love U.S. [246]
Stevie Nicks U.S. [247][248]
Pink U.S. [249]
Gwen Stefani U.S. [250]
Tina Turner U.S. [251][252]
Queen of SoulAretha Franklin U.S. [253]
Alicia Keys U.S. [254]
White Queen of SoulDusty Springfield U.K. [255][256]
Queen of TejanoLaura Canales U.S. [257]
Lydia Mendoza U.S. [258]
Selena U.S. [259]
Princess of Crunk Ciara U.S. [260]
Princess of Hip Hop & R&BAshanti U.S. [261]
Princess of PopPaula Abdul U.S. [262]
Christina Aguilera U.S. [263]
Keshia Chante Canada [264]
Lady Gaga U.S. [265][266]
Sarah Geronimo Philippines [267]
Janet Jackson U.S. [262][268]
Madonna U.S. [269]
Kylie Minogue Australia [270]
Rihanna Barbados [271]
Gwen Stefani U.S. [272]
Britney Spears U.S. [273][274]
Dionne Warwick U.S. [275]
Katy Perry U.S. [276]
Princess of Japanese PopAyumi Hamasaki Japan [277]
Princess of Korean PopBoA South Korea [278][279]
Princess of Punk RockDeborah Harry U.S. [280]
Princess of R&B Aaliyah U.S. [281][282]
Brandy U.S. [283]
Celena Cherry U.K. [284]
Monica U.S. [285][286]
Rihanna Barbados [287]
Princess of Rock and RollJanis Joplin U.S. [288]
Lisa Marie Presley U.S. [289][290]
Princess of WailsCharlotte Church Wales [291][292]
Cerys Matthews Wales [293][294]
Star of The East or Diva of Arabic SongUmm Kulthum Egypt [295]
The VoiceMariah Carey U.S. [296]
Whitney Houston U.S. [297]

Group titlesEdit

Title Artist Country Source
First Family of Soul Five Stairsteps U.S. [298][299]
Isley Brothers U.S. [300]
Jackson family U.S. [301][302]
The Steeles U.S. [303]
The Metal Gods Judas Priest U.K. [304]
Kings of Heavy Metal Godsmack U.S. [305]
Metallica U.S. [306]
Black Sabbath U.K. [307][308]
Led Zeppelin U.K. [309]
Kings of Alternative Rock The Smashing Pumpkins U.S. [310]
R.E.M. U.S. [311]
The Replacements U.S. [312]
Kings of Punk Rock The Clash U.K. [313]
Green Day U.S. [314]
The Ramones U.S. [308][315]
Sex Pistols U.K. [316][317]
The Only Band That Matters The Clash U.K. [318]
Princes of Motown Four Tops U.S. [319]
The Temptations U.S. [320]
Queens of British Pop Spice Girls U.K. [321]
Princes of Pop Jonas Brothers U.S. [322]
'N Sync U.S. [323]
Princesses of British Pop Girls Aloud U.K. [324]
Princesses Of Korean Pop Wonder Girls Korean
Princesses Of South Korean Pop Girls Generation Korean
Royal Family of Pop Jackson family U.S. [325]
The Big Four of Thrash Anthrax U.S. [326]
Megadeth U.S. [326]
Metallica U.S. [326]
Slayer U.S. [326]
America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band Aerosmith U.S. [327]
The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World The Rolling Stones U.K. [328]
The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands The Ventures U.S. [329]
The Best Band in the World Oasis U.K. [330]
The Most Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Band The Black Crowes U.S. [331]
The World's Most Dangerous Group N.W.A U.S. [332]

See also Edit

Notes Edit

  1. Belonging to or constituting a class of grammatical forms used in speaking to or about a social superior. Merriam Webster Definition: Honorific, Merriam Online Dictionary,, retrieved 2008-07-29 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Holsey, Steve (September 2008), "Celebrity nicknames and titles", Michigan Chronicle 72 (2): D.1 
  3. Infantry, Ashante (2004-08-11), "Usher lifts 'em from their seats", Toronto Star: F.07, ISSN 03190781 
  4. Bush, John (2001), The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps, Allmusic,, retrieved 2009-03-14 
  5. Choose The Tracks On Michael Jackson's 50th Birthday Album!, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, 2008-06-20,;.tomcat2?newsId=20030829005656, retrieved 2008-06-20 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Poole, Michael (2008-05-16), "R&B queen Double adds jewel to crown", The Japan Times, archived from the original on 2012-12-18,, retrieved 2009-03-14 
  7. "Little Richard is the architect of rock and roll." Petrosino, Frankie J (2002-05-01), "Star power radiates at the 33rd Image Awards", The Crisis 109: 58, ISSN 00111422 
  8. Called the "Architect of Rock and Roll," the flamboyant piano virtuoso is known for the classic hits Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly and Lucille. "Little Richard, Gladys Knight & The Pips Inducted Into Apollo Theater Legends Hall Of Fame; Ella Fitzgerald...", Jet 110: 59, 2006-07-10, ISSN 00215996 
  9. Initially a cult figure, by 1985, 'The Boss', as he became known to his fans, was the world's most successful white rock star since Elvis. Shuker, Roy (2001), Understanding Popular Music, Routledge, p. 123, ISBN 9780415235099 
  10. The reason is simple: Sinatra is chairman of the board. From the Sunset Boulevard offices of Sinatra Enterprises, he rules a $25 million empire that reaches into real estate, banking and almost every corner of entertainment. McNally, Karen (2008), When Frankie Went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity, University of Illinois Press, p. 171, ISBN 9780252075421 
  12. Rivadavia, Ed. "Death biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-09. "Now widely recognized as the father of death metal (if a single candidate must be chosen, his resumé is about as good as it gets), Schuldiner's..." 
  13. Renda, Patricia. "Chuck Schuldiner: The pain of a genius". Metal Rules!. Retrieved 2009-06-09. "You’re considered the father of death metal." 
  14. "The Best of NAMM 2008: Jimmy Page, Satriani Models Among the Highlights". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 2009-06-09. "Long considered the father of death metal, Death frontman/founder Chuck Schuldiner..." 
  17. recognized world wide, with the most unique voices of all time; recognized in Asia and Europe. Vladasovich, Vitas (2008), The voice, Soviet Publisher, p. 123, ISBN 9780415235099 
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 What happens when the "God of Song" descends on Genting Highlands during a cold and wet weekend? He warms and melts the hearts of both young and old with his charm and huge repertoire of hits, that's what! And that was precisely what Hong Kong superstar Jacky Cheung - arguably the most popular and enduring of the four Heavenly Kings - did at his two sold-out concerts last Friday and Saturday at the Arena of Stars. (For the uninitiated, Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai are the four "Heavenly Kings" of Chinese pop, the over-the-top title probably bestowed by the imaginative Hong Kong media because of the singers' immense popularity. Cheung, of course, has been elevated even higher on the celestial plane!) Ming, Fong (2002-11-09), "Jacky, oh!", New Straits Times: 3 
  20. Recently, the girls proved their credibility as live performers, appearing as guests to Hong Kong's legendary "God of Songs" Sam Hui during his two live dates in Malaysia for the 50,000-strong crowds at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. "Sounds of the East", The Bangkok Post: 1, 2005-03-15 
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  23. Ray Davies To Be Honored as BMI Icon at Annual London Awards October 3, Broadcast Music Incorporated, 2006-08-08,, retrieved 2009-01-22 
  24. "The Godfather speaks" Jarre, Jean Michel (16 August 2000). "The Godfather Speaks". Future Music. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  25. "Godfather of Funk" "BMI L.A. Gives It Up for The Godfather Of Funk". BMI. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  26. "...godfather of gangster rap, Eazy-E, has been resident in Compton, Ca. Gill, Andy (16 August 2002). "Album: Peter Murphy - Reviews, Music - The Independent". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 "It's no laughing matter to carry the mantle of the Godfather of Goth these days. Yet that's the situation in which the deep-voiced, high-cheekboned Peter Murphy finds himself" Theiner, Manny (June 19, 2008). "Music Preview: Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy tours with solo retrospective". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  28. "...godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy, has been resident in Turkey for the past decade.. Gill, Andy (16 August 2002). "Album: Peter Murphy - Reviews, Music - The Independent". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  29. 29.0 29.1 "... Janapadabrahma (father/godfather) of Folk, Shri. Manapragada Narasimha Murthy Janapada Brahma Shri Manapragada Narasimha Murthy, a world renowned Folk Singer, has been instrumental in the proliferation of Indian Folk Arts all over the world. He is known for his Golden Tenor voice and a natural flair for folk arts. He has given numerous performances at regional, national and international level and gained international acclaim. He was awarded the title of JanapadaBrahma (which literally means the Father of Folk Music) by the Government." EncycloRecord (24 December 2008). "Album: Janapadabrahma Shri. Manapragada Narasimha Murthy - Folk Arts Music and Research Institute - FARMI". FARMI. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  30. It had already been noted that Neil Young was an important influence on grunge musicians, and in the mid- 1990s it became common to see Neil Young described as "the godfather of grunge." Echard, William (2005), Neil Young and the Poetics of Energy, Indiana University Press, p. 43, ISBN 9780253217684 
  31. More than 13 hours of music, all capped off by a rousing two- hour performance by the godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne. That's Ozzfest, and that's what pummeled the Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Tuesday. Stout, Alan K. (2003-08-06), "Ozzfest turns Montage into Metal Mountain", Knight Ridder: 1 
  32. Renowned in his native Japan for his legendary productivity and godfather like status in the world of noise music, Merzbow has also made an impact with western rock musicians. , 2009-06-25 
  33. Lawrence Welk often referred to Witkowski and Kirchberg as his influences growing up and dubbed them the "Godfathers of Polka", Wunnerful, Wunnerful: The Autobiography of Lawrence Welk, 1971, ISBN 0-13-971515-0: 31
  34. But somewhere between his last album, "Naughty Little Doggie," and his latest one, "Avenue B," the godfather of punk turned 50, a change that apparently has provided him with plenty of food for thought, judging by the song subjects on the record, scheduled for release September 14 on Virgin. Christman, Ed (1999-08-07), "Iggy Pop opens a 'window into the soul' on Virgin's contemplative 'Avenue B'", Billboard 111: 14, ISSN 00062510 
  35. Looking remarkably healthy for a man who nurtured a world-class drug habit for many years, the "Godfather of Punk" Iggy Pop is set to close the Other Stage on Saturday night. "Godfather of punk still has lust for life", Western Daily Press: 30, 2007-06-05 
  36. Most punks took to heart that most famous of statements from the godfather of punk, Pete Townshend: "Hope I die before I get old." "Discs", Buffalo News: G.22, 2006-03-24 
  37. Nobody plays guitar quite like Townshend...The godfather of punk himself is still a monster on the instrument, even if he looks like a crazed chemistry instructor on a weekend fling, playing with more energy and sheer rhythmic power than rock musicians (and high school teachers) one-third his age. Wilkerson, Mark (2006), Amazing Journey: The Life of Pete Townshend, Lulu, p. 586, ISBN 9781411677005 
  38. Asheton is widely regarded as the architect of the brutalist edifice that is the punk guitar sound. Perry, Andrew (2009-01-08), "Godfather of punk guitar: Andrew Perry salutes the Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton, who died this week", The Daily Telegraph: 23 
  39. Rudy Ray Moore has been called the Godfather of Rap (a title that has also been used to describe sociopolitical soulster Gil Scott-Heron). Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra, John Bush, Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2003), All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul, Backbeat Books, p. 482, ISBN 9780879307448 
  40. Clinton was in many ways the godfather of rap, dropping wisdom with his inimitable pointful wandering, like a late-night deejay with a live band. Frith, Simon; Will Straw, John Street (2001), The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock, Cambridge University Press, p. 147, ISBN 9780521556606 
  41. Johnny Clarke is regarded by many as Jamaica's greatest roots performer, plus Godfather of Rocksteady Alton Ellis is known as reggae's elder statesman. "Charting the history of reggae", Evening Chronicle: 6, 2005-11-11 
  42. The Godfather of Soul James Brown and the late Curtis Mayfield were among some of music's biggest names who recently were honored by the Songwriters' Hall of Fame during its 31st annual induction and awards dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. "James Brown among inductees to songwriters' Hall of Fame at New York ceremony; Curtis Mayfield posthumously inducted", Jet 98 (4): 34, 2000-07-03, ISSN 00215996 
  43. And today, James Brown's status as "The Godfather of Soul" remains undiminished. David Pullman to Securitize "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, Business Wire, 1999-05-03, p. 1 
  46. Three weeks after the press conference, with almost no advance notice, a new album by His Purple Majesty suddenly arrived in stores. Carcieri, Matthew (2004), Prince: A Life in Music, iUniverse, p. 15, ISBN 9780595320127 
  47. The highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance by his "Purple Majesty". "Prince Throws Lavish Bash to Mark His 27th Birthday", Jet 68 (15): 6, 1985-06-24, ISSN 00215996 
  48. This is the year of His Royal Badness! Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he just dropped a new cd Musicology, and he is currently on a tour that is selling out multiple dates in major cities. Prince: Royal Rocker Still Reigns After 25 Years Of Music, 105, Jet, 2004-04-26, p. 58, ISSN 00215996 
  49. Depending on whom you speak with, especially former employees who have dealt with Prince's madness on various levels, "His Royal Badness" can either be especially charming or the most bugged bastard since batman took residence inside a cave. McKeen, William (2000), Rock and Roll is Here to Stay: An Anthology, W. W. Norton & Company, p. 554, ISBN 9780393047004 
  51. BBC – Hungary's pop 'King' dies
  52. CNN – Crowds say farewell to Hungarian pop king
  53. Known as the unofficial "King" of Bhangra, Malkit Singh is the first Punjabi singer, who was recently honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). "Unofficial "King" of Bhangra bag top British honours", Hindustan Times, 2008-06-14 
  54. There was also top-quality music from the undisputed King of bhangra Malkit Singh - the Guinness Book of Records' biggest- selling bhangra star of all time. "Revellers join in melee of Mela as bhangra stars wow crowds", Evening Gazette: 3, 2003-07-21 
  55. One other artist, John Lee Hooker is by most standards the undisputed "king of the blues." Wald, Elijah (2004), Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, HarperCollins, p. 208, ISBN 9780060524234 
  56. Much later, as the reigning King of the Blues, BB would explain that the "blues isn't just some sad music about a broken heart, a busted dream, or a painful love affair. Blues is much more than any of these things. If I could pick three descriptions of it, I'd say it ain't nothing but living, laughing and loving." Nazel, Joe (1998), B.B. King: King of the Blues, Holloway House Publishing, p. 60, ISBN 9780870677922 
  57. Inevitably called 'King of the Blues', BB King is today probably the most commercially successful blues singer with black audiences. Oakley, Giles (1997), The Devil's Music: A History of the Blues, Da Capo Press, p. 228, ISBN 9780306807435 
  58. His nickname, "The King of Country Music," may sound a bit mawkish and old- fashioned, but, in many ways, it is remarkably accurate. Wolfe, Charles K. (2001), Classic Country: Legends of Country Music, Routledge, p. 19, ISBN 9780415928274 
  59. Ladies and gentlemen, the King is about to be overthrown. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, a singer is only 2.5 million copies shy of matching Elvis' record 118.5 million albums sold. A singer named...Garth Brooks. Endelman, Michael (2006-05-26), "Garth Versus Elvis Brace yourself: The king of country is set to unseat the king of rock & roll as the best-selling American solo act of all time.", Entertainment Weekly: 20 
  60. The undisputed King of Country Music just got another feather in his gimme cap - make that five more, to be exact. Goodspeed, John (2008-09-11), "Strait earns nominations for 5 CMAs", San Antonio Express-News: F.1 
  61. The king of folk purity was Seeger's old traveling partner Woody Guthrie, who had journeyed through the dustbowls of Depression-era America to sing songs that championed the underdog, mocked the establishment, and could be learned by anyone with an acoustic guitar in a matter of weeks. Hodgkinson, Will (2006), Guitar Man: A Six-String Odyssey, Or, You Love that Guitar More Than You Love Me, Da Capo Press, p. 50, ISBN 9780306815140 
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  64. The King of Funk had a string of chart toppers, including his 1981 smash "Super Freak," but by the late 1980's his life began to spiral out of control because of drug abuse, legal troubles and health problems. "passing on", Essence 35 (8): 40, 2004-12-01, ISSN 00140880 
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  66. His North American breakthrough came in 1972, when he sang the role of Tonio in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment at New York's Metropolitan Opera. In his big number, "Pour mon ame", he had to sing nine high C's, a feat that virtually every tenor pulls off by singing falsetto. Not Pavarotti. ... He was from then on known as "The King of the High C's." Enman, Charles (September 7, 2007). "The King of the High C's". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
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  69. He is the undisputed king of the pan flute, Gheorghe Zamfir, a Rumanian exile with a talent for creating easy-listening hits on an archaic folk instrument. Small, Michael (1986-11-24), "Arts: Pan's Pipes Have A Modern Master In Zamfir, Who's Got The Perfect Pitch For Classical, Folk Or Pop", People: 140 
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  199. Quebec's undisputed queen of pop, Celine Dion, added another jewel to her crown Thursday night. She was presented with a diamond record to mark Canadian sales of more than one-million copies of her album Color of My Love. "Dion adds diamond to crown of success", The Globe and Mail: C.4, 1994-11-26, ISSN 03190714 
  200. The kings of musical merchandise remain Elvis, the Beatles and Kiss, but the show will include a dealer who specializes in things relating to Quebec's queen of pop - Celine Dion. Greenaway, Katherine (2000-08-07), "Kiss and kitsch at CD show", The Gazette: D.1, ISSN 03841294 
  201. There is no denying who is queen of popular music right now - 24-year-old Whitney Houston. Rizzo, Frank (1987-09-03), "Whitney Leads Female Pop Pack / Women stake their claim on the charts", San Francisco Chronicle: 65, ISSN 07459696 
  202. In what was called "the biggest media event since the inauguration of Nelson Mandela," the singer performed for more than 70,000 South Africans at her concert for Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium, "billed as "Whitney—The Concert for a New South Africa.... There was also a private visit to Swaziland, where the "Queen of Pop Music" visited King Mswati III. "Whitney in South Africa", Ebony 50 (4): 116, February 1995, ISSN 00129011 
  203. Janet has become the highest-paid female in pop (thanks to a $40-million contract with Virgin Records), a whirlwind of fashion, personality and slick musical packaging [rivaled] only by Madonna and Whitney Houston in today's pop pantheon. Murray, Sonia (1994-02-03), "Janet: The Queen of Pop: Michael could lose his crown to his hot little sister", The Vancouver Sun: C1, ISSN 08321299 
  204. Janet Jackson hasn't skipped a beat. She is still the Queen of Pop. Esparza, Rafael; Massey, David; Scalese, Rudy (2001-10-06), "Let Jackson's Energetic Beat Go On", Los Angeles Times: F-4 
  205. The year 1984 was unbelievable for Madonna. Indisputably, she was now the Queen of Pop. Cross, Mary (2007), Madonna: a Biography, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 31, ISBN 9780313338113 
  206. The reigning Queen of Pop thrived on the criticism, and continued, throughout the decade, to reiterate the most fundamental of her issues by consistently celebrating women's sexual power. Streitmatter, Rodger (2004), Sex Sells!, Westview Press, p. 126-127, ISBN 9780813342481 
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  210. Call her the Queen of Pop – Britney Spears has knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the album charts with her new disc, Britney. Spears' third disc sold 746,000 copies in its first week of release, according to industry figures released Wednesday. "The queen of pop?", Journal Record, 2001-11-16 
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  222. Known far and wide as the "Queen of Latin Pop," Gloria Estefan is one of the most recognized artists in the world. "Gloria Estefan to Write Her First Book, a Children's Story Starring Her Bulldog Noelle; Published in English and Spanish Editions by Rayo, an Imprint of HarperCollins, in November 2005", Business Wire: 1, 2004-12-06 
  223. Singer, musician, composer, actress, dancer, businesswoman, role model and leader – Aaliyah had accomplished incredible things by the time she turned 22. But Aaliyah Dana Houghton, the reigning Queen of Urban Pop, wasn't sitting still. VH1's 'Behind the Music: Aaliyah' Profiles Soaring Young Singer Whose Life Ended in Recent Tragic Plane Crash When Latest Episode of Emmy-Nominated Hit Series Premieres Sunday, October 14 At 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT), PR Newswire, 2001-10-03, 
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  225. The queen of punk rock, Joan Jett, plays a rare club date tomorrow at the nerve center of the San Francisco scene, tiny Bottom of the Hill. "Critics' Picks", San Francisco Chronicle: C.1, 2001-05-04, ISSN 19328672 
  226. Queen of punk-rock Siouxsie Sioux reclaimed her throne with a stunning performance. Bryceland, Duncan (2008-03-07), "live reviews: Siouxsie Sioux ABC, Glasgow, March 3", Daily Record: 44 
  227. No high flying in the city this Christmas for Birmingham's former Queen of Punk, Toyah Willcox. She has turned down one lifetime ambition to achieve another. "Curtain's up on hot shot Toyah", Evening Mail: 5, 2002-11-13 
  228. It is three years since she dissolved Destiny's Child after three albums and a run of award-winning hymns to womanly empowerment such as Survivor and Independent Woman; six since her duet with the Brooklyn rap demigod Jay-Z served notice to the world that America's foremost hip-hop star and its emerging queen of R&B were an item. Paphides, Pete (2008-11-14), "Shy big sister by day ... wild girl by night", The Times: 2, ISSN 01400460 
  229. With four Mobo nominations, Beyonce is the undisputed queen of R&B. Simpson, Eva; Hedley, Caroline (2006-08-16), "3AM: Mo contest for Beyonce", The Daily Mirror: 16 
  230. Once again The Candy Store and Fresh City Promotions have pulled a major rabbit out of the hat with the launch party for the new album by Mary J Blige, the undisputed Queen of R&B, Growing Pains. "Fresh party for Mary j's new album", The Plymouth Evening Herald: 2, 2008-02-15 
  231. In the wake of her 'Breakthrough' success, the reigning queen of R&B tries to please her many followers—but, most of all, herself. Vozick-Levinson, Simon (2007-12-21), "Mary J. Blige", Entertainment Weekly: 22, ISSN 10490434 
  232. MTV got a shot of Brandy on Monday when the R&B queen stopped by "TRL" to plug her hot album "Human" (out November 11). "Winfrey's Mom O-Ed Earlier Debt", New York Daily News: 18, 2008-09-10 
  233. The early stages of 2001 provide a typically crammed workbook for Foster, who will be in the studio again soon with R&B queen Brandy and has just finished writing the music for an animated feature film called "The Greatest King." Sexton, Paul (2001-01-07), "Foster to be honored at MIDEM", Billboard 113 (4): 8, ISSN 00062510 
  234. Years before Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Etta James, Ruth reigned as the original queen of r&b. She achieved a distinctive sassy and streetwise style, which made her one of the most popular singers of her era. Her career has been so influential that Atlantic Records is sometimes referred too as 'the house that Ruth built' and for good reason. Her constant outpouring of hits, which include Teardrops and So Long, helped transform the fabled label into one of the biggest in the business. So much so that people would often say that r&b stood for Ruth Brown. Cotton, Nzgina (2008-04-07), "Ruth Brown: The Original Queen of r&b", New Nation: 22, ISSN 13657496 
  235. Years before Aretha Franklin was crowned Queen of Soul, Ruth Brown reigned as the original Queen of R&B. Jones, Steve (2006-11-20), "R&B diva for the ages", USA TODAY: D.1, ISSN 07347456 
  236. Mariah Carey has been famous for just about as long as we can remember. And the divalicious chanteuse is about to prove once and for all that she's the queen of R&B by passing The King, Elvis Presley, for the most number-one singles by a solo artist. Mariah Carey at The Insider, The Insider,, retrieved 2009-03-09 
  237. The reigning "queen of R&B," as decreed by her backing vocalist (and opening act) Jermaine Paul and countless others, Keys owned the stage at a packed WaMu Theater, highlighting her elegant artistry and dynamic personality in a 90-minute set. Toombs, Mikel (2008-09-22), "Superwoman Keys Earns Title Of R&B Queen", Seattle Post-Intelligencer: C.3, ISSN 0745970X 
  238. On Friday, the queen of R&B, Alicia Keys, took over RodeoHouston. Clark, Michael (2005-03-07), "Duff makes rodeo a pop event", Houston Chronicle: 5, ISSN 10747109 
  239. A quarter of a century on, R&B reigning queen Janet Jackson is still on top of her game. It's no easy feat beating her brother Michael, the King of Pop, with six No. 1 albums under her belt. Was it just pure luck? We didn't think so. Mak, Lennat, Janet Jackson - Discipline, MTV,, retrieved 2009-03-07 
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  245. ...Janis Joplin, the nation's reigning queen of rock 'n' roll. Jackson, Buzzy (2005), A bad woman feeling good, W. W. Norton & Company, p. 81, ISBN 9780393059366 
  246. "Courtney is the queen of rock'n'roll to me," says Perry, who's put Love on her Custard imprint (also the home of James Blunt). Conniff, Tamara (2006-10-28), "Lived Through This", Billboard 118 (14): 71, ISSN 00062510 
  247. ...with Rolling Stone magazine dubbing Nicks, "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll." Brackett, Donald (2007), Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years of Creative Chaos, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 159, ISBN 9780275993382 
  248. Take Edge of Seventeen, the elegy for John Lennon which launched the solo career of Stevie Nicks, queen of rock and roll and former better half of Fleetwood Mac. "Plucking the Same Old Strings", The Hindustan Times, 2009-02-06 
  249. "God is a DJ" she sang but Pink is surely the queen of rock. Nicholson, Susan (2006-11-21), "Pink proves she's no stupid girl at aecc gig", The Press and Journal: 3 
  250. The reigning Queen of Rock & Roll is flying solo for the first time in her career, and life is pretty sweet. Eliscu, Jenny (2005-01-27), "gwen cuts loose", Rolling Stone: 36, ISSN 0035791X, 
  251. If any woman deserves the title of Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, it is Tina Turner a hundred times over. Jones, Mablen (1987), Getting It on: The Clothing of Rock 'N' Roll, Abbeville Press, p. 1979, ISBN 9780896596863 
  252. It's fitting then that American queen of rock 'n roll Tina Turner will blast out her hits from the Croke Park pitch this summer. Gill, Barry (1996-01-28), "pounds 33m Croke: Share's Fair!", Sunday Mirror: 64 
  253. She is also known as "Sister Ree," "Lady Soul," "La Diva Franklin," and "The Queen of Soul." Bego, Mark (2001), Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, Da Capo Press, p. 6, ISBN 9780306809354 
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  255. Their musical alliance can be understood as demonstrating an idealized racial harmony during a time of horrific racial disharmony through Springfield’s own persona as the “White Queen of Soul,” which bound together seemingly incongruent racial elements. Springfield acquired the title “White Queen of Soul” as a result of her many hit cover versions of songs by African American artists such as the Shirelles, Inez and Charlie Foxx, and Baby Washington. Annie J. Randall (2005), "Dusty Springfield and the Motown Invasion", Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter 35, 
  256. Following her frequent trips to the US, she took to the black American music of Motown and was dubbed the White Queen of Soul. Obituary: Cancer claims 'White Queen of Soul', BBC News,, retrieved 2009-02-10 
  257. Born August 19, 1954, in Kingsville, Texas, she is recognized as "la reina de la onda Tejana" (the queen of Tejano music). Candelaria, Cordelia; Peter J. García (2004), Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 822, ISBN 9780313332111 
  258. In a music heavily dominated by men, Lydia Mendoza, the First Queen of Tejano Music, stands out. Dorian, Frederick; Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, James McConnachie, Richard Trillo, Orla Duane (2000), World Music: The Rough Guide, Rough Guides, p. 606, ISBN 9781858286365 
  259. She could deservedly claim the title of Queen of Tejano Music. Richmond, Clint; Shawn Fields (1995), Selena!: The Phenomenal Life and Tragic Death of the Tejano Music Queen, University of Texas Press, p. 44, ISBN 9780671545222 
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  261. Now that she's returned, the Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B has taken control of her comeback. Christian, Margena (2008-06-09), "Ashanti Returns More Empowered With 'The Declaration'", Jet 113 (22): 60, ISSN 00215996 
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  263. While Britney was larging it, the real Princess of Pop Christina Aguilera performed what was possibly the best concert of the year. The American star was on stage at the Birmingham NEC on the opening night of her 29-date European tour - and we were there, enjoying every moment. Callan, Jessica; Simpson, Eva; Waldegrave, Niki (2003-10-27), "3am: Christina Aguilera", The Daily Mirror: 12 
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  270. The Enterprise Growth Team was set up to find new applications for 3M technologies and to accelerate the growth of new products in the UK and Ireland... The team set about finding uses for the film and found quick success in the decorative, point of purchase and point of sale markets. It can now be seen in the form of lampshades, greetings cards, CD covers. It has even adorned the cover of the brochure for the princess of pop, Kylie Minogue. Dally, Steve (October 2002), "A century of innovation and creativity", The British Journal of Administrative Management: 30, ISSN 13535188 
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  272. All hail the new princess of pop! The day after Gwen Stefani picked up five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her multi-platinum solo debut, Love. Angel. Music.Baby., and record of the year for Hollaback Girl, the 36-year-old singer debuted her first ever solo tour at the Air Canada Centre last night in front of a sold-out crowd. Stevenson, Jane (2005-10-12), "Meet the New Princess of Pop - Gwen Stefani", Toronto Sun, 
  273. For the past three years, Britney Spears has reigned as America's princess of pop culture, bringing in fans by the masses. Every pre-teen female wants to be her, and every male with the slightest ounce of testosterone in his veins want to get her. She has promoted Pepsi products, plagued MTV and her face has adorned the cover of every teen magazine. Montalvo, Erika; Sheppard, Jackie (2001-11-16), "CONCERT REVIEW: Pop's princess still reigns ... for now", UWIRE 
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  277. Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki has revealed she has gone deaf in her left ear, but has vowed to continue her career and go ahead with an upcoming tour of Asia. "Japan's pop princess 'Ayu' goes half deaf: blog", AFP date = 2008-01-06, archived from the original on 2007-06-09,, retrieved 2009-03-10 
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  280. The platinum princess of punk rock is back. And this time Deborah Harry and Blondie have added a Gold Coast gig to their Australian tour. Rogers, Jenny (2004-11-26), "Punk princess 'epitome of cool' Coasters set to go wild about Harry", The Gold Coast Bulletin: 13, ISSN 13213830 
  281. Aaliyah's I Care 4 U is a posthumous collection containing six new songs and several formerly released favorites. The rising princess of r&b died in a plane crash two years ago off the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.Winston, Sherri (2003-02-23), "Musings on Tupac and Aaliyah", South Florida Sun-Sentinel: 40 
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  285. Rising above it all was Monica, the headline female act, who's currently sharing the title of "R&B Princess" with young singer Brandy. Townsend, Audarshia (1998-10-31), "No Real Treat Monica Highlights Otherwise Dreary Halloween Bash", Chicago Tribune: 25, ISSN 10856706 
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  287. The award for Best International Video (Group) went to Linkin Park for Bleed It Out, while R & B princess Rihanna won for Best International Video (Artist) for Don't Stop The Music and the MuchMusic.comMost Watched Video award for Umbrella. Medley, Mark (2008-06-16), "Stormy MuchMusic awards make for a night to remember; Hedley sweeps top video, cinematography", National Post: A.2, ISSN 14868008 
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  323. The circus of the stars that was Michael Jackson's long awaited return to the stage didn't end with his final song. For an encore VIP fans went off to see the musical wizard for dinner at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Waiters dressed as Munchkins bearing a late-night snack of green cotton candy greeted the likes of Dorothy's real-life daughter, Liza Minnelli, as well as Samuel L. Jackson and the new princes of pop, 'N Sync, at the door. Kennedy, Erica (2001-11-01), "Oz Struck Michael's Wiz-theme fete is a thriller", In Style 8: 260 
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