Honorific nicknames in popular music

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Honorific nicknames in popular music are terms used, most often in the media or by fans, to indicate the significance of an artist, and are often religious, familial, or (most frequently) royal and aristocratic titles, used metaphorically.wikipedia
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Elvis Presley

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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.
Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson, Madonna & Britney Spears have been closely associated with the terms "King of Pop", "Queen of Pop" & "Princess of Pop".
Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music.

Madonna (entertainer)

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Michael Jackson, Madonna & Britney Spears have been closely associated with the terms "King of Pop", "Queen of Pop" & "Princess of Pop".
Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of songwriting in mainstream popular music and for the imagery she uses onstage and in music videos.

Tina Turner

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Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including Tina Turner, who was literally crowned "Queen of Rock N' Roll".
One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and has sold more than 200 million records worldwide.

Britney Spears

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Michael Jackson, Madonna & Britney Spears have been closely associated with the terms "King of Pop", "Queen of Pop" & "Princess of Pop".
Referred to as the "Princess of Pop", Spears is regarded as a pop icon and is credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Namie Amuro

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She has been referred to as "the diva of the Heisei era" and the "Queen of Japanese Pop", and has been recognized as having the influence and career impact domestically equivalent to artists such as Janet Jackson and Madonna in Western music and pop culture.


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She has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop".

Dieter Bohlen

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Often referred to as the "Pop-Titan" in the German-speaking press, he first achieved fame as a member of pop duo Modern Talking in the 1980s, and has since produced numerous German and international artists.

Šaban Bajramović

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Due to his eminent impact on music in Eastern Europe, he was dubbed the "King of Romani music".

Chuck Brown

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Charles Louis Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was an American guitarist, bandleader and singer who has garnered the honorific nickname "The Godfather of Go-Go".

James Brown

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A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul" and "Soul Brother No. 1".

Ruth Brown

Ruth Alston Brown (née Weston, January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B".


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Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry.

Solomon Burke

Burke was referred to honorifically as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul".

Jacky Cheung

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With more than 25 million records sold as of 2003, he is regarded as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" and has been deemed the "God of Songs" of Hong Kong.

Sam Cooke

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Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.

Mary J. Blige

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With the album, she was dubbed the reigning "Queen of Hip Hop Soul"

Brandy Norwood

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She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, and intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname "The Vocal Bible" from industry peers and critics.

Arthur Brown (musician)

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Following the success of the single "Fire", the press would often refer to Brown as "The God of Hellfire", in reference to the opening shouted line of the song, a moniker that exists to this day.

Lonnie Donegan

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Anthony James Donegan (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002), known as Lonnie Donegan, was a British skiffle singer, songwriter and musician, referred to as the "King of Skiffle", who influenced 1960s British pop and rock musicians.

Doro (musician)

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Dubbed the "Queen of Heavy Metal", Doro's contributions to music and culture along with her publicized personal life made her a global figure in metal culture for over three decades.


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Dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap", he gained prominence for his work with N.W.A, where he has been credited for pushing the boundaries of lyrical and visual content in mainstream popular music.

Celine Dion

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Billboard named her the "Queen of Adult Contemporary" for having the most number ones on the radio format for a female artist.

Sheila E.

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She is commonly referred to as The Queen of Percussion.


Popularly known as "Diva of Pentecostal Music", her talent awarded trophies in the categories of "Album of the Year", "Song of the Year" among others and Promises in the categories of "Best Video", "Best Singer" among others and still has two diamond disks.