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Honorific nicknames in popular music are often religious, familial or (most frequently) royal and aristocratic in nature and are used as a form of expression in the media, or to identify the significance of an artist by fans. Honorific nicknames were used in classical music in Europe as early as the early nineteenth century, with figures like Mozart being called "The father of modern music" and Bach "The father of modern piano music". They were also particularly prominent in African American culture in the post-Civil War era, perhaps as a means of conferring status that had been negated by slavery, and as a result entered early jazz and blues music, including figures such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

In American culture, despite its republican constitution and ideology, honorific nicknames have been used to describe leading figures in various areas of activity, such as industry, commerce, sport and the media; father or mother have been used for innovators, and royal titles like king and queen for dominant figures in a field. In the 1930s and '40s, as jazz and swing music were gaining popularity, it was the more commercially successful white artists Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman who became known as "The King of Jazz" and "The King of Swing" respectively, even though these forms of music originated in African American culture. These patterns of naming were transferred to rock and roll when it emerged in the 1950s. There was a series of attempts to find (and a number of claimants to be) the "King of rock 'n' roll", a title that became most associated with Elvis Presley. This has been seen as part of a process of the appropriation of credit for innovation of the then new music by a white establishment. Different honorifics have been taken or given for other leading figures in the genre, such as "The Architect of Rock and Roll", by Little Richard from the 1990s, but this term, like many, is also used for other important figures, in this case including pioneer electric guitarist Les Paul.

Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including Aretha Franklin, who was literally crowned "Queen of Soul" by disk jockey Pervis Spann on stage in 1968. Other nicknames have been adopted in direct emulation of these, including Michael Jackson's title "King of Pop" from 1989. Honorific nicknames are often part of a process of marketing and may be adopted or dropped by the press and fans over time. They have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects. Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals.

Male titles

Title Artist Country Source
Architect of Rock and Roll Les Paul U.S.marker
Little Richard U.S.marker
The Boss Bruce Springsteen U.S.
Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra U.S.
Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown Jamaica
Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe U.S.
Father of Chinese Rock Cui Jian China

Father of Death Metal Chuck Schuldiner U.S.
Father of Folk Narasimha Murthy, Manapragada India
God Eric Clapton U.K.
God of Song Jacky Cheung Hong Kongmarker
Sam Hui Hong Kong
Godfather of Britpop Ray Davies U.K.
Godfather of Grunge Neil Young Canadamarker
Godfather of Metal Ozzy Osbourne U.K.
Godfather of Polka Brian Kirchberg Polandmarker
Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop U.S.
Godfather of Rap Rudy Ray Moore U.S.
Gil Scott-Heron U.S.
Godfather of Ska Laurel Aitken Jamaica
Godfather of Soul James Brown U.S.
Grandfather of Rock and Roll Robert Johnson U.S.
His Purple Majesty or His Royal Badness Prince U.S.
King Jimmy Zambo Hungarymarker
King of the Blues John Lee Hooker U.S.
B. B. King U.S.
King of Britpop Noel Gallagher U.K.
King of Chinese Pop Jay Chou Taiwanmarker
King of Country Roy Acuff U.S.
King of Freestyle Stevie B U.S.
King of the High C's Luciano Pavarotti Italymarker
King of the Jukebox Louis Jordan U.S.
Dick Todd U.S.
King of Pop Michael Jackson U.S.
King of Persian Pop Shadmehr Aghili Iran
The Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese Pop Jacky Cheung Hong Kong
Leon Lai Hong Kong
Andy Lau Hong Kong
Aaron Kwok Hong Kong
King of Jazz Paul Whiteman U.S.
King of Latin Pop Juan Gabriel Mexicomarker
King of R&B R. Kelly U.S.
King of Ragtime Scott Joplin U.S.
King of Raï Khaled Algeriamarker
King of Rap Kurtis Blow U.S.
Snoop Dogg U.S.
King of Rockabilly Carl Perkins U.S.
King of Rock and Roll Chuck Berry U.S.
Fats Domino U.S.
Alan Freed U.S.
Bill Haley U.S.
Elvis Presley U.S.
Little Richard U.S.
King of Rock 'n' Soul Solomon Burke U.S.
King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan U.K.
King of Soul James Brown U.S.
Otis Redding U.S.
King of Swing Benny Goodman U.S.
King of Tejano Emilio U.S.
Mister Country Music Red Foley U.S.
Modfather Paul Weller U.K.
Musician of Sounds Pierre Schaeffer Francemarker
Pope of Mope Morrissey U.K.
Prince of Motown Marvin Gaye U.S.
Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne U.K.
Prince of Euro Sniper U.K. / Cyprusmarker
Prince of Pop Justin Timberlake U.S.
Erik Santos Philippinesmarker
Prince of R&B Usher U.S.
Chris Brown U.S.
Prince of Soul Marvin Gaye U.S.
Sun of Art Zeki Müren Turkeymarker

Female titles

Title Artist Country Source
Dajieda ("Big Sister") Mao Amin China
Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith U.S.
Empress of Pop Ayumi Hamasaki Japan
Empress of Soul Gladys Knight U.S.
Eternal idol Seiko Matsuda Japan
First Lady of Country Tammy Wynette U.S.
First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald U.S.
Godmother of Punk Patti Smith U.S.
High Priestess of Soul Nina Simone U.S.
Princess of Pop Christina Aguilera U.S.
Janet Jackson U.S.
Madonna U.S.
Kylie Minogue Australia
Britney Spears U.S.
Dionne Warwick U.S.
Princess of R&B Aaliyah U.S.
Brandy U.S.
Monica U.S.
Princess Of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley U.S.
Queen of American Folk Music Odetta U.S.
Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor U.S.
Dinah Washington U.S.
Queen of Canadian R&B Jully Black Canada
Queen of Canto Pop Anita Mui Hong Kongmarker
Queen of Christian Pop Amy Grant U.S.
Queen of Country Kitty Wells U.S.
Loretta Lynn U.S.
Reba McEntire U.S.
Dolly Parton U.S.
Queen of Disco Donna Summer U.S.
Gloria Gaynor U.S.
Sylvester U.S.
Queen of Folk Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi Indiamarker
Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson U.S.
Queen of Heavy Metal Rock Lee Aaron Canada
Queen of Hip Hop Missy Elliott U.S.
Mary J. Blige U.S.
Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige U.S.
Queen of Japanese Pop Namie Amuro Japan
Hibari Misora Japan
Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald U.S.
Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan U.S.
Queen of Pop Madonna U.S.
Mariah Carey U.S.
Celine Dion Canada
Whitney Houston U.S.
Janet Jackson U.S.
Queen of R&B Beyoncé U.S.
Mary J. Blige U.S.
Ruth Brown U.S.
Alicia Keys U.S.
Janet Jackson U.S.
Queen of Rave Rozalla Zambiamarker
Queen of Reinvention Cher U.S.
Madonna U.S.
Queen Latifah U.S.
Christina Aguilera U.S.
Queen of Rock and Roll Janis Joplin U.S.
Stevie Nicks U.S.
Tina Turner U.S.
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin U.S.
Queen of Tejano Laura Canales U.S.
Lydia Mendoza U.S.
Selena U.S.
Star of The East or Diva of Arabic Song Umm Kulthum Egyptmarker
White Queen of Soul Dusty Springfield U.K.

Group titles

Title Artist Country Source
America's Band The Beach Boys U.S.
America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band Aerosmith U.S.
R.E.M. U.S.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers U.S.
The Big Four of Thrash Anthrax U.S.
Megadeth U.S.
Metallica U.S.
Slayer U.S.
The Fab Four The Beatles U.K.
First Family of Soul Five Stairsteps U.S.
Jackson Five U.S.
The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World The Rolling Stones U.K.
The Only Band That Matters The Clash U.K.

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  23. "Dennis produced an enormous catalogue of albums and singles, and earned the undisputed title of 'Crown Prince of Reggae'."
  24. "Others will point to the likes of the 'crown prince of reggae' Dennis Brown, for his contribution to roots reggae and his influence on a generation of reggae artistes." in
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  31. "A common sight towards the end of the sixties in New York and London announced 'Clapton is God'." in Vinita, Profiles in Popular Music (Sura Books, 2005), p. 71.
  32. "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!)"
  33. "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." in
  34. "Affectionately referred to as the 'Godfather of Brit pop,' Davies is co-founder, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Kinks, one of the most long-lived and influential rock groups of the 1960s British Invasion." in
  35. "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'." in
  36. "Lawrence Welk often referred to Witkowski and Kirchberg as his influences growing up and dubbed them the 'Godfathers of Polka'" in Wunnerful, Wunnerful: The Autobiography of Lawrence Welk, (Bantam Books, 1973), ISBN 0-13-971515-0: 31
  37. "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." in
  38. "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." in
  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)." in
  40. "Known as "the Godfather of Ska," Laurel Aitken was Jamaica's first real recording star." Laurel Aitken Biography on Allmusic, retrieved 11/23/2009.
  41. "And today, James Brown's status as "The Godfather of Soul" remains undiminished." in
  42. "...the musical legacy of Robert Johnson has entranced later generations of rock and blues musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Fans and experts alike call him the "grandfather of rock and roll", in "The grandfather of rock'n'roll: The devil's instrument", The Independent, 26 July 2006,, retrieved 09/09/09.
  43. "Three weeks after the press conference, with almost no advance notice, a new album by His Purple Majesty suddenly arrived in stores" in
  44. "The highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance by his 'Purple Majesty'." in
  45. "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" in
  46. "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." in
  47. "The 42-year-old singer, who was known in his home country as 'King', died in hospital on Tuesday." in BBC – "Hungary's pop 'King' dies", retrieved 09/09/09.
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  49. "One other artist, John Lee Hooker is by most standards the undisputed 'king of the blues'." in
  50. "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." in
  51. "Inevitably called 'King of the Blues', BB King is today probably the most commercially successful blues singer with black audiences." in
  52. "But it also reminds us that Brown, despite his lack of a good singing voice, could still provide tough competition to Noel Gallagher in the fight for the title "King of Britpop" in
  53. "Dubbed the 'king of Chinese pop' by local media, Jay Chou has released eight studio albums, spawning several hits." in
  54. "His nickname, 'The King of Country Music,' may sound a bit mawkish and old- fashioned, but, in many ways, it is remarkably accurate." in
  55. "Stevie B was highly influential in the Latin freestyle and High-Energy dance music scene, mostly from Miami, of the late 1980s. Many referred to him as “The King of Freestyle” and is bestknown for his 1990 number one hit, “Because I Love You ” off the “Love & Emotion” album." in
  56. "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'."
  57. "He was known as 'King of the Jukebox' and was one of the first black artists to have both white and black supporters following his jazz, blues, and boogie-woogie tunes." in
  58. He wears the crown as the King Of Pop because no artist has broken his record of selling nearly 60 million copies of a single Album (Thriller).
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  64. "If R. Kelly is the current king of R&B, Usher is the reigning prince." in
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  66. "In the past five years, Western music critics have reached into their grab bag to label him the 'Algerian Elvis' and the 'poster boy for the modern form of Algerian desert blues.' In the decade before that, he was known as Cheb Khaled (cheb means "young man" in Algeria's Arabic dialect) or, more simply, the 'King of Rai.'" in
  67. "Considered by some the 'King of Rap,' Kurtis Blow is at the very least one of the genre's leading pioneers." in
  68. "It probably makes sense to call him - as several people do in the movie [Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)] - as the 'King of rock 'n' roll'", in D. Denby, "What's in a game", New York Magazine, Oct 19, 1987, p. 102.
  69. "Ebony hailed Domino as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" in
  70. "Just as journalists had crowned white bandleaders Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman as the kings of jazz and swing, in the 1950s they enthroned Presley, Haley, and Freed as the kings of rock 'n' roll" in
  71. "His original status as the King of Rock and Roll has never been seriously challenged, and he's remained a bottomless source of inspiration for the generations of rock and rollers who've taken up the cause in the decades since that July night in Memphis".
  72. "Burke, long ago dubbed the King of Rock 'n' Soul, was worth the wait." in M. Newman, "Soul man Solomon Burke: Live on Film; Capricorn's Smoking New Companion" in Billboard Jul 8, 1995, Vol. 107 (27), p. 10.
  73. "Known as England's 'King of Skiffle.' Member of Chris Barber's Jazz Band in 1954" in J. Whitburn,, The Billboard book of top 40 hits (Billboard Books, 8th edn., 2004), p. 188,
  74. "To Mark the ten years, officials at the Apollo crowned Brown 'King of Soul'." in
  75. "Paying tribute to the King of Soul -- Twenty-seven years after his death, Otis Redding's influences is still strong." in
  76. "For many people the name Benny Goodman is synonymous with swing. His record sales and performances helped usher in the swing craze of the 1930s; for more than a decade, the 'king of swing' enjoyed incredible heights of popularity."
  77. "Just as millions of fans considered Selena the 'queen' of Tejano music, her closest male counterpart, Emilio Navaira, has often been called the "king" of Tejano music." in
  78. "Red Foley was then 'Mr. Country Music', the first country artist to sell a million records..." in J. C. Hefley, Country Music Comin' Home (Hannibal Books, 1992), p. 93.
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  81. "He was the 'Prince of Motown,' strong, silent and majestic" in R. Gulla, Icons of R&B and soul: an encyclopedia of the artists who revolutionized rhythm vol. 2 (Greenwood, 2008), p. 338.
  82. "This lesson is well-taken in the face of Ozzy's revealed humanity; his label as Prince of Darkness seems untenable as anything more than a stage name" in
  83. "Sniper, born in London, England and raised in Ayia Napa, Cyprus is hailed as 'The Prince of Euro' by legendary DJs Tim Westwood and Green Lantern." in
  84. "Prince of Pop Justin Timberlake strolls into town this week for three incredible dates at the SECC as part of his 2007 FutureSex/ Love Show - and you can be there, courtesy of our friends at Sony Ericsson and Vodafone." in
  85. "'Prince of Pop' Erik Santos to go to Beijing - Manila, Philippines - Singer Erik Santos has reason to be proud these days after being chosen to sing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics this August." in
  86. "If R. Kelly is the current king of R&B, Usher is the reigning prince. He drops in on fans with his fifth CD, 'Confessions,' just when it looked as if Justin Timberlake were beginning to take over his territory." in
  87. "With his debut single "Run It," 16-year-old Chris Brown back-flipped his way into becoming the first male solo artist to release a song that went straight to No. 1. He was later crowned the Prince of R&B." in
  88. "His noncommittal response was perhaps not the teary confessional that was expected after the Grammy-night altercation which changed everything for the then crown prince of R&B." in
  89. "Dubbed "the Prince of Soul," Marvin Gaye endured lifelong turmoil, never grasping the genius of his own talent..." in N. Talevski, The unofficial encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Edition illustrated (Greenwood Press, 1998), p. 402.
  90. 146 Nimrod Baranovitch, China's new voices: popular music, ethnicity, gender, and politics, 1978-1997 (Univeristy of California press, 2003), p. 146
  91. "Bessie Smith became the 'Empress of the Blues' based on her strong vocal abilities...When Nina Simone 'the High Priestess of Soul' performed at the Academy" in M. E. Bratcher, Words and songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: sound motion, blues spirit, and African memory: Studies in African American history and culture (Routledge, 2007), p. 2.
  92. "Society of Singers' Ella Awards honor to Gladys Knight. She is a true legend and on this evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel she was touted as the 'Empress of Soul.'" at
  93. " up to the hype of being the First Lady of Country Music." at
  94. "Dubbed 'The First Lady of Song,' Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums."
  95. "The singer who was affectionately known as 'The First Lady of Song' died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends, said spokeswoman Andrea Hecht" at
  96. "Smith is often described as the godmother of punk." in J. Tarr, The words and music of Patti Smith (Praeger, 2008), p. 29.
  97. Janet Jackson, music's princess of pop, is at a crossroads of her life and career: She is pursuing acting roles and she has parted ways with her longtime partner, Rene Elizondo...Having established herself as the world-renowned princess of pop music, in addition to making strides as an actress, one would think there is not much left on her to-do list. But the possibilities are endless.
  98. "Madonna, called the Princess of Pop, told Cosmopolitan magazine: 'I don't remember if there was music playing when I lost my virginity, but the best music to make love to nowadays is anything funky or soulful, like the Gab Band, Prince or the Isley Brothers.'" in
  99. "Once upon a time, long before anybody had even heard of Britney, Christina, Jessica or Mandy, Australian singer Kylie Minogue ruled the charts as princess of pop. Back in 1988 her first single, I Should Be So Lucky, spent five weeks at number one, making her the most successful female artist in the UK charts with 13 successive Top 10 entries. To date, Kylie has spent 217 weeks on the singles charts, notching up 25 Top 20 hits including four number ones. No mean feat in the fickle world of pop where you can be yesterday's news in a matter of months." in
  100. "Dionne Warwick, sometimes called the Princess of Pop, routinely topped both the pop and R&B charts" in
  101. "Overnight the unknown 14-year old became an international star. This earned her the nickname 'Pricess of R&B'.", in W. Sutherland, Aaliyah Remembered (Trafford Publishing, 2005), p. 21.
  102. "Rising above it all was Monica, the headline female act, who's currently sharing the title of 'R&B Princess' with young singer Brandy" in
  103. "It was only a matter of time before |the Princess of Rock 'n' Roll decided to rely on her royal bloodline and make a music career." in
  104. "Odetta, who has died of kidney failure aged 77, received many honours during her life, most notably from Martin Luther King, who called her 'the queen of American folk music', and the then US president Bill Clinton, who in 1999 awarded her the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities. She had been due to sing at Barack Obama's inauguration in January." in
  105. "Koko Taylor is Chicago's reigning 'Queen of the Blues.' in
  106. "Dinah Washington was 'the Queen of the Blues,' and often identified as 'the Queen'." in
  107. "Jully Black has been called a lot of things. But she gets a good laugh at those who have called her the 'new queen of Canadian R&B'." in
  108. Anita Mui, or Mei Yanfang, known as the "ever-changing" queen of Cantopop.
  109. "When Amy Grant and Vince Gill sang a duet for her 1994 album House of Love, he was the king of country and she was the queen of Christian pop." in
  110. "In 1952, Kitty Wells was named the Queen Of Country Music by Fred Rose..." in
  111. "A crown, presented to the singer in 1973, is among the costumes, awards, mementos and other artefacts now on display in 'Kitty Wells, Queen of Country Music', a career-spanning biographical exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum running through next June." in
  112. "Queen of Country. The title has been bestowed on Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and a few other female country stars." in
  113. If any long-running singer deserves to wear the crown, or at least the tiara, of Queen of Country, then surely it's the Coal Miner's Daughter herself, Loretta Lynn, right? Right. (Sorry, Dolly).
  114. "Through massive record sales and live shows that take on a Bruce Springsteen-like endurance, McEntire has earned her unofficial moniker as 'The Queen of Country'." in
  115. "Although Gaynor was crowed the 'Queen of Disco' after dance floor favourites like "Honey Bee," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Casanova Brown" ..." in P. Shapiro, Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2006), p. 213.
  116. "Recall that throughout most of the eighties and even into the nineties, Aaron was known as the queen of heavy-metal rock, the loudest, brashest and sexiest female rock belter this side of Janis Joplin." in
  117. "Beyond being the best-selling female hip hop artist to date, and often referred to as the queen of hip hop, what separates Missy Elliott is her ability to allow her aesthetic to speak for itself. She uses her artistry to transcend cultural norms in hip hop and in the music industry." in
  118. "Universally known as the 'Queen of Hip Hop Soul' because of her frequent collaborations with rap artists and Hip Hop producers..." in"
  119. "Since her debut at age nine, she was the queen of Japanese pop music." at
  120. Known as the queen of Japanese pop music...
  121. "Known far and wide as the 'Queen of Latin Pop,' Gloria Estefan is one of the most recognized artists in the world." in
  122. "...the so-called Queen of Pop eludes both followers and critics by shifting her image..." in R. Gairola, "Re-worldling the Oriental: Critical Perspectives on Madonna as Geisha" in S. Fouz-Hernández and F. Jarman-Ivens, eds, Madonna's drowned worlds: new approaches to her cultural transformations, 1983-2003 (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004), p. 104.
  123. "If Ella Fitzgerald is the queen of jazz, Billie Holiday first lady of the blues, and Aretha Franklin the queen of soul, then who is the queen of pop? In the 1990s, it would seem to be a three-way tie between Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion. Certainly all three have their devotees and detractors, but their presence has been inescapable." in
  124. "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." in
  125. "Janet Jackson hasn't skipped a beat. She is still the Queen of Pop." in
  126. "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." in
  127. With four Mobo nominations, Beyonce is the undisputed queen of R&B.
  128. "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." in
  129. In the wake of her 'Breakthrough' success, the reigning queen of R&B tries to please her many followers—but, most of all, herself.
  130. "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." at
  131. Years before Aretha Franklin was crowned Queen of Soul, Ruth Brown reigned as the original Queen of R&B.
  132. "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." in
  133. On Friday, the queen of R&B, Alicia Keys, took over RodeoHouston.
  134. "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." in
  135. Miss jackson to tour? R&B queen Janet Jackson will be the featured performer during the aol super bowl xxxviii halftime show, produced by mtv. Super bowl xxxviii will be held February 1 at reliant stadium in Houston and will air on cbs.
  136. "Rave fave Rozalla has a Plymouth date. The Zambian-born singer, who has seven top 30 hits to her name, plays Zeros on Saturday, October 3. She enjoyed her biggest hits with Everybody's Free (number six) and Faith (11) in 1991. Her album, with the same title as the top 10 single, earned her the tag the Queen of Rave." in
  137. "Cher - singer, Oscar-winning actress and campaigner -is the original queen of reinvention, an expert at re-creating herself." in
  138. Bowing out, if not exactly gracefully, Cher, that surgically enhanced queen of reinvention, last week brought her farewell tour to Glasgow.
  139. "The queen of reinvention, Madonna, even named her 2004 world tour Reinvention." in
  140. The queen of reinvention has achieved the seemingly impossible yet again.
  141. "She is after all, the Queen of Reinvention." in
  142. "Christina Aguilera has been the queen of reinvention throughout her decade in the music industry" in
  143. Christina Aguilera has been the queen of reinvention throughout her decade in the music industry
  144. "Janis Joplin found hers in Texas and left for the West Coast, there to become queen of rock and roll." in
  145. ...Janis Joplin, the nation's reigning queen of rock 'n' roll.
  146. "...with Rolling Stone magazine dubbing Nicks, 'The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll'." in
  147. 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.
  148. "Some women have even been given titles. Tina Turner who is The Queen of Rock and Aretha Franklin, dubbed the Queen of Soul. Donna Summer is the Queen of Disco and Mary J. Blige is the Queen of Hip-Hop, Gloria Estefan is the Queen of Latin Pop, Madonna is the Queen of Pop, while Britney Spears and Christina Aquilera are the Princesses of Pop." in L. Bollinger and C. O'Neill, Women in Media Careers: Success Despite the Odds (University Press of America, 2008), p. 147.
  149. "She is also known as 'Sister Ree,' 'Lady Soul' 'La Diva Franklin,' and 'The Queen of Soul.'" in
  150. "Born August 19, 1954, in Kingsville, Texas, she is recognized as 'la reina de la onda Tejana' (the queen of Tejano music)." in
  151. "In a music heavily dominated by men, Lydia Mendoza, the First Queen of Tejano Music, stands out." in
  152. "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." in
  153. "Following her frequent trips to the US, she took to the black American music of Motown and was dubbed the White Queen of Soul." at
  154. "The Beach Boys have often been called 'America's Band', and has stated that 'the band's unerring ability... made them America's first, best rock band.'"
  155. "Touted as 'America’s band', they also benefited from all the media attention surrounding the rescue and recovery of their erstwhile leader Brian from a series of lost years spent in druggy, bed-ridden exile."
  156. "...signature rifts, and it becomes clear why Aerosmith has been tagged 'America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.' Few bands on the globe—forget just the United States—have accomplished what Aerosmith have. The band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has won countless awards, including three Grammys. And, with a few exceptions, Aerosmith has delivered on its promise: to make music that strikes the listener in the heart, feet, soul and groin." in
  157. Whatever there is to say now about Aerosmith, the long-lasting, hard-rocking quintet that has often been billed or hyped as America's greatest rock and roll band, it could've been said two decades ago.
  158. "For one quick breath, the old R.E.M. extended family came together in a show of support. It is fitting that this update edition ends with the departure of Holt and Barry. It's the end of the world as we know it, and the end of an era for the band who in its lifespan has come to be known as America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." in
  159. "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are widely considered to be America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. Over the course of three decades they have built a reputation among their peers as the gold standard for what a rock-and-roll band can be" (foreword, Bogdanovich) in
  160. "...Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. These bands comprise "The Big Four of Thrash..." at
  162. "The Five Stairsteps were 'The First Family of Soul.' A title bestowed upon the Chicago-based teenaged group in part because of their astounding five-year run of hits, which included the 1970 million-selling single "O-o-h Child." 'The First Family...' title was later adapted by the Jackson 5.
  163. "The Stairsteps were tremendous R&B stars and were critically acclaimed as the 'First Family of Soul'."
  164. "The Stones figured out early on that you can rock, and also understand the value of branding. 'The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band' was a title the Stones bequeathed to themselves, and soon enough, neither media nor fans could think of the name of the band without its slogan."

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