Honorific nicknames in popular music

American singer Aaliyah is known as the "Princess of R&B".
American singer Christina Aguilera is known as the "Voice of a Generation".
American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong is known as the "King of Jazz".
American singer Beyoncé is frequently referred to as "Queen Bey".
Canadian singer Justin Bieber is referred to as the "Prince of Pop".
South Korean singer BoA is referred to as the "Queen of K-pop".
American musician James Brown was known as the "Godfather of Soul".
American singer Ruth Brown has been referred to as the "Queen of R&B".
Renowned for her vocal range, American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is known as the "Songbird Supreme", and "the Queen of Christmas".
American entertainer Cher is referred to as the "Goddess of Pop".
English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Eric Clapton is widely known as "Slowhand".
Cuban singer Celia Cruz is referred to as the "Queen of Salsa".
American singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio has been called "the Voice of Metal".
Canadian singer Céline Dion is referred to as the "Queen of Power Ballads".
American rapper and record producer Dr. Dre has been called the "Father of G-Funk".
American singer Bob Dylan has been called the "Crown Prince", "King" or "God" of Folk, "the King of Folk-Rock", "the Jester" and especially for his catalog of protest songs encompassing the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and American politics: "the Voice of a Generation".
American rapper Eazy-E has been dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap"
American rapper and singer Missy Elliott is known as the "Queen of Rap".
American rapper Eminem has gone by multiple honorifics, such as "King of Hip-Hop", "King of Rap" and "Rap God"
American singer Ella Fitzgerald is known as the "Queen of Jazz" and "America's First Lady of Song".
American singer Aretha Franklin is known as the "Queen of Soul".
South Korean singer G-Dragon has been referred to as the "King of K-pop".
Philippine entertainer Sarah Geronimo, widely known as "Popstar Royalty".
American clarinetist Benny Goodman is known as the "King of Swing".
American singer Arlo Guthrie, largely because of his magnum opus "Alice's Restaurant," is known as "Mr. Thanksgiving."
American rapper and singer Lauryn Hill is known as the "Queen of Hip Hop".
Renowned for her vocal ability, American singer Whitney Houston is referred to as "The Voice".
American singer Jennifer Hudson has been referred to as the "Princess of Soul".
American singer Mahalia Jackson is known as the "Queen of Gospel".
Pakistani singer Noor Jehan was known as the "Queen of Melody".
American composer and pianist Scott Joplin was dubbed the "King of Ragtime".
American musician B.B. King is known as the "King of the Blues".
American DJ, record producer and remixer Frankie Knuckles is known as the "Godfather of House".
American rapper and singer Queen Latifah is known as the "Queen of Rap".
American rapper Lil' Kim is known as the "Queen of Rap".
American singer Little Richard is widely known as the "Architect of Rock and Roll".
American singer Kenny Loggins is known as the "King of the Movie Soundtrack" for his contribution to movies.
English singer Vera Lynn was known as the "Forces' Sweetheart" for her popularity among the armed forces during World War II.
American singer-poet-songwriter Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of the Doors, was nicknamed "the Lizard King" for his obsession of lizards and wild personality
Vietnamese singer Mỹ Linh is known as the "Vietnam's Queen of R&B" and the "Queen of Spring".
American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks has been called the "Queen of Rock and Roll".
English singer Ozzy Osbourne has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness".
Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti has been identified as the "King of the High C's".
American singer Elvis Presley is known as the "King of Rock and Roll".
American musician Prince has been referred to as "The Artist", "The Purple One" and "His Royal Badness".
American singer Smokey Robinson has been called the "King of Motown"
Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, known as "Magician of Voice", was the first regular pop singer of South Asia.
Filipina singer Lea Salonga is known in the Philippines as the "Broadway Diva".
Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza is known as the "Voice of Asia" and "Asia's Celine Dion".
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith has been referred to as the "Godmother of Punk".
American singer Britney Spears is known as the "Princess of Pop".
American singer Bruce Springsteen is known as "The Boss".
American singer Donna Summer has been referred to as the "Queen of Disco".
Nicknames of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift include "America's Sweetheart" and "Queen of Bridges".
Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng is regarded as "Asia's eternal queen of pop".
Mexican singer Thalía is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop".
Argentine singer Tini is known as the "Princess of Latin Pop".
English musician Pete Townshend has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk".
Japanese singer Hikaru Utada has been identified as "The Diva of the Heisei period".
Filipina singer Regine Velasquez is known as "Asia's Songbird".
American singer Martha Wash is most often identified as the "Queen of Clubland".
American singer Dionne Warwick has been referred to as the "Princess of Pop".
British rapper Wiley is known as the "Godfather of Grime".
Canadian musician Neil Young is known as the "Godfather of Grunge".
Chinese Singer Jane Zhang also known as the "Dolphin Princess".
Mexican singer Paulina Rubio is widely known as "The Golden Girl".
Texan singer-songwriter George Strait is known as the "King of Country."
Mexican singer and actress Lucero is widely known as the "Girlfriend of America".

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Aretha Franklin

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

Franklin in 1968
Franklin's birthplace, 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Franklin in 1967
Franklin in 1998
Franklin performing in April 2007 at the Nokia Theater in Dallas, Texas
Franklin performs in the East Room of the White House in 2015
Franklin waiting to perform at the White House, in 2015
Franklin and William Wilkerson at the 2011 US Open
Franklin wipes a tear after being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. She is seated between fellow recipients Robert Conquest (left) and Alan Greenspan

Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stones "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

Michael Jackson

American singer, songwriter, and dancer.

Jackson performing in 1988
Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana, pictured in March 2010
Jackson (center) as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1972. The group were among the first African American performers to attain a crossover following.
The Jackson siblings in 1977, without Jermaine. From left, back row: Jackie, Michael, Tito, Marlon. Middle row: Randy, La Toya, Rebbie. Front row: Janet (1977).
The sequined jacket and white glove worn by Jackson at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. British Vogue called Jackson "a fashion pioneer [...] who gave new meaning to moonwalking, immortalised solitary, [and] sparkly gloves".
Jackson signing a "We Are the World" poster in 1985
Jackson and President George H. W. Bush at the White House on April 5, 1990. It was the second time that Jackson had been honored by a President of the United States.
Jackson during the Dangerous World Tour in 1993. Dangerous has been recognized by writers as an influence on contemporary pop and R&B artists.
Jackson at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Michael Jackson's Ghosts
Jackson in 2003
Jackson's mug shot, taken on November 20, 2003
Jackson and his son Blanket in Disneyland Paris, 2006
An aerial view of part of Jackson's 2,800-acre (11 km2) Neverland Valley Ranch near Los Olivos, California, showing the rides
Fans placed flowers and notes on Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the day of his death
Jackson's unmarked crypt at the end of the Sanctuary of Ascension in the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Glendale
Fans visiting the makeshift memorial set up outside the Neverland Ranch entrance shortly after Jackson's death.
Jackson and Safechuck (right) in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988
Michael Jackson graffiti in Santa Cruz, California
Jackson during his Bad tour in Vienna, June 1988

Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.


American singer, songwriter, and actress.

Madonna performing on her Rebel Heart Tour in September 2015
Madonna performing at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert
Madonna performing during one of the concerts of 1987's Who's That Girl World Tour
Madonna performing during the Girlie Show in September 1993
Madonna performing during one of the dates of the Drowned World Tour in September 2001
Madonna performing "American Life" during the Re-Invention World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2004
Madonna performing on the 2009 leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour, which was the second highest-grossing tour of all time
Madonna at the premiere of W.E. at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Madonna performing during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5, 2012
Madonna performing during the Rebel Heart Tour in 2015
Madonna during the world premiere of the music video for "Medellín" in April 2019
Madonna playing the guitar riff of "A New Level" by heavy metal band Pantera during the 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour
Wax figure of Madonna at Madame Tussauds museum in Hong Kong
Madonna was the first person to be inducted into the Wembley Square of Fame in London, England.

She has influenced various other artists and has often been referred to as the "Queen of Pop".

Paul Whiteman

American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violinist.

Whiteman in a 1939 publicity photo
Whiteman and his orchestra, 1921
The members of Whiteman's Orchestra in 1930
A frame from the trailer for the film Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
"Trav'lin' Light" by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra featuring Billie Holiday on vocals released as V-Disc 286A by the U.S. War Department in October 1944.
1920 release of "Whispering" by Paul Whiteman and His Ambassador Orchestra, Victor 18690A. 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.
Original 1924 acoustical release of "Rhapsody in Blue" by Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra with George Gershwin on piano, Victor 55225A. 2003 National Recording Registry selection.
1927 electrical release of "Rhapsody in Blue" as Victor 35822A by Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra with George Gershwin on piano. 1974 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.
"Ol' Man River" by Paul Whiteman with Paul Robeson, Victor 35912A, 1928. 2006 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.

In his autobiography, Duke Ellington declared, "Paul Whiteman was known as the King of Jazz, and no one as yet has come near carrying that title with more certainty and dignity."

Elvis Presley

American singer and actor.

Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi
A photo of Elvis's parents at the Historic Blue Moon Museum in Verona, Mississippi
Presley in a Sun Records promotional photograph, 1954
The "iconic cover" of Presley's 1956 debut album, an image crucial in codifying the guitar as the defining instrument of rock and roll
Presley signing autographs in Minneapolis in 1956
Ed Sullivan and Presley during rehearsals for his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 26, 1956
Presley performing live at the Mississippi-Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, September 26, 1956
Presley and costar Judy Tyler in the trailer for Jailhouse Rock, released October 1957
Presley being sworn into the U.S. Army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, March 24, 1958
Presley with Juliet Prowse in G.I. Blues
The '68 Comeback Special produced "one of the most famous images" of Presley. Taken on June 29, 1968, it was adapted for the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1969.
Presley meets U.S. President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office, December 21, 1970
Presley with friends Bill Porter and Paul Anka backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton on August 5, 1972
Presley came up with his outfit's eagle motif, as "something that would say 'America' to the world"
Presley's gravestone at Graceland
Presley with his longtime vocal backup group, the Jordanaires, March 1957
Publicity photo for the CBS program Stage Show, January 16, 1956
Poster for the film Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), visualizing Presley's sex symbol image
Presley and Colonel Tom Parker, 1969
A group of Elvis impersonators in 2005
Presley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd
Presley meets U.S. President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office, December 21, 1970

Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.

Little Richard

American musician, singer, and songwriter.

Richard in 1967
A poster for a Little Richard show, c. undefined 1956
"Good Golly, Miss Molly", 45 rpm recording on Specialty Records
Little Richard in 1966
Little Richard holding a photograph of himself at a Best Buddies International event, 1998
President Bill Clinton greets Little Richard at the White House in 1994
Little Richard in 2007
Little Richard in concert
Little Richard, interviewed during the 60th Annual Academy Awards, 1988

Described as the "Architect of Rock and Roll", Richard's most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll.

Roy Orbison

American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads.

Orbison in 1965
Orbison with his original thick-rimmed glasses (c. 1950s–1960s)
Orbison began performing while wearing sunglasses in 1963, later recalling that he "wasn't trying to be weird ... I didn't have a manager who told me to dress or how to present myself or anything, but the image developed of a man of mystery and a quiet man in black somewhat of a recluse, although I never was, really."
Orbison in 1967
Orbison with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis for a televised 1977 Christmas special
Orbison performing in New York in 1987
The Roy Orbison 
exhibit in the Artist Gallery of the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix
Orbison, center (in white), performing in 1976

Orbison was known as "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O".

Suzanne Vega

American singer-songwriter best known for her folk-inspired music.

Vega performing in Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2010
Vega onstage, 2008
Vega at Union Chapel, London, 2015, improvising by using the pulpit

The role of her song in the development of the MP3 compression prompted Vega to be given the title of "The Mother of the MP3".

Shania Twain

Canadian singer and songwriter.

Twain in March 2020
Kenogami Lake, Ontario, where Twain spent much time practicing in 1985
Twain performing on the Come On Over Tour in 1999
Shania Twain performing during her Up! Tour in 2004
Twain announcing her upcoming Caesars Palace show in Las Vegas in 2011
Twain's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".

Music of Iran

Produced by Iranian artists.

Karna, an ancient Iranian musical instrument from the 6th century BC, kept at the Persepolis Museum.
Lute player statue from the time of the Parthian Empire, kept at the Netherlands's Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.
Chang players depicted on a 6th-century Sasanian relief at Taq-e Bostan.
Dancers and musical instrument players depicted on a Sasanian silver bowl from the 5th-7th century AD.
A musical ensemble from the time of Qajar ruler Naser-ed-Din Shah, depicted by Kamal-ol-molk.
Iran's Society for National Music was founded by Khaleqi in 1949.
Ali Rahbari conducting Jeunesse Musicale de Téhéran, in 1974.
Haydeh and Anoushirvan on the Iranian National Television, in 1975.
Viguen, Iran's "Sultan" of pop and jazz music.

New western influences were introduced into the popular music of Iran by the 1950s, with electric guitar and other imported characteristics accompanying the indigenous instruments and forms, and the popular music developed by the contributions of artists such as Viguen, who was known as the "Sultan" of Iranian pop and jazz music.