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. Honorific nicknames were used in classical music in Europe as early as the early nineteenth century, with figures such as Mozart being called "The father of modern music" and Bach "The father of modern piano music". [1] 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, [2] and as a result entered early jazz and blues music, including figures such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie. [3]

Kinship terminology is the system used in languages to refer to the persons to whom an individual is related through kinship. Different societies classify kinship relations differently and therefore use different systems of kinship terminology; for example, some languages distinguish between consanguine and affinal uncles, whereas others have only one word to refer to both a father and his brothers. Kinship terminologies include the terms of address used in different languages or communities for different relatives and the terms of reference used to identify the relationship of these relatives to ego or to each other.

Metaphor Figure of speech

A metaphor is a figure of speech that, for rhetorical effect, directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. It may provide clarity or identify hidden similarities between two ideas. Metaphors are often compared to other types of figurative language, such as antithesis, hyperbole, metonymy and simile. One of the most commonly cited examples of a metaphor in English literature comes from the "All the world's a stage" monologue from As You Like It:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian composer of the Classical period

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era.


In American culture, despite its republican constitution and ideology, [4] honorific nicknames have been used to describe leading figures in various areas of activity, such as industry, commerce, sports, and the media; father or mother have been used for innovators, and royal titles such as king and queen for dominant figures in a field. [5] [6] In the 1930s and 1940s, 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, despite there being more highly regarded contemporary African-American artists. [7] 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. [8] This has been characterized as part of a process of the appropriation of credit for innovation of the then new music by a white establishment. [9] 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, [10] but this term, like many, is also used for other important figures, in this case including pioneer electric guitarist Les Paul. [11]

Culture of the United States culture of an area

The culture of the United States of America is primarily of Western culture (European) origin and form, but is influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes African, Native American, Asian, Polynesian, and Latin American people and their cultures. It also has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore. The United States of America is an ethnically and racially diverse country as a result of large-scale migration from many countries throughout its history. Many American cultural elements, especially from popular culture, have spread across the globe through modern mass media.

Republicanism is a representative form of government organization. It is a political ideology centered on citizenship in a state organized as a republic. Historically, it ranges from the rule of a representative minority or oligarchy to popular sovereignty. It has had different definitions and interpretations which vary significantly based on historical context and methodological approach.

Paul Whiteman American jazz musician and radio personality

Paul Samuel Whiteman was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.

Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including Tina Turner, who was literally crowned "Queen of Rock N' Roll". [12] Michael Jackson and Madonna have been closely associated with the terms "King of Pop" and "Queen of Pop". [13] [14] Some nicknames have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists [15] and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects. [16] Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals.

Tina Turner American-Swiss singer, dancer, actress, and author

Tina Turner is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen since 2013. Turner rose to prominence with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike and as a solo performer. 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. Turner is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and trademark legs.

Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. 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. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Madonna (entertainer) American singer-songwriter and actress

Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. 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. She has frequently reinvented her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Although having sparked controversy, her works have been praised by music critics. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists.

Individual titles


American singer Aaliyah is known as the "Princess of R&B". Aaliyah-02.jpg
American singer Aaliyah is known as the "Princess of R&B".
English singer Adele is known as the "British Queen of Soul". Adele 2016.jpg
English singer Adele is known as the "British Queen of Soul".
American singer Christina Aguilera is known as "The Voice of a Generation". Christina Aguilera (2006).jpg
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". Louis Armstrong restored.jpg
American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong is known as "The King of Jazz".
Aaliyah Princess of R&BUnited States [17]
Queen of Urban Pop [18]
Lee Aaron Queen of Heavy Metal RockCanada [19]
Paula Abdul Dancing QueenUnited States [20]
Abrar-ul-Haq King of Pakistani PopPakistan [21]
Roy Acuff King of CountryUnited States [22]
Ivi Adamou η Ελληνίδα Πριγκίπισσα της Pop
[The Greek Princess of Pop]
Cyprus/Greece [23]
Adele British Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom [24]
Princess of Pop [25] [ failed verification ]
Christina Aguilar Dancing QueenThailand [26]
Christina Aguilera Princess of PopUnited States [27]
The Voice of a Generation [28]
Laurel Aitken Godfather of SkaJamaica [29]
Alisha Queen of IndipopIndia [30]
Paulina Álvarez Empress of the DanzoneteCuba [31] [32]
Morissette Amon Asia's PhoenixPhilippines [33] [34]
Namie Amuro Queen of Japanese PopJapan [35]
The Japanese Madonna [36]
Julie Andrews Britain's Youngest Prima DonnaUnited Kingdom [37] [38]
Anne Kansiime African Queen of ComedyUganda [39]
Aphex Twin King of IDMUnited Kingdom [40]
Antonio Arcaño The Monarch of DanzónCuba [41] [42] [43]
Don Arden The English GodfatherUnited Kingdom [44]
Mr. Big [44]
Louis Armstrong King of JazzUnited States [45]
Ashanti Princess of Hip Hop and SoulUnited States [46]
Annaleigh Ashford The New Queen of DiscoUnited States [47]
Chet Atkins Mr. GuitarUnited States [48]


South Korean singer BoA is known as the "Queen of K-Pop". BoA FanSigningEvent2010.jpg
South Korean singer BoA is known as the "Queen of K-Pop".
American musician James Brown was known as the "Godfather of Soul", "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business","Mr Dynamite", and "Soul Brother number one". JamesBrown.jpg
American musician James Brown was known as the "Godfather of Soul", "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business","Mr Dynamite", and "Soul Brother number one".
American singer Ruth Brown has been referred to as the "Queen of R&B". Ruth Brown cropped.jpg
American singer Ruth Brown has been referred to as the "Queen of R&B".
Erykah Badu First Lady of Neo-SoulUnited States [49]
Queen of Neo-Soul [50]
Godmother of Soul [51]
Joan Baez Queen of FolkUnited States [52] [53]
Šaban Bajramović King of Romani MusicSerbia [54] [55]
Beck King of SlackersUnited States [56]
Harry Belafonte King of CalypsoUnited States [57] [58]
Chuck Berry King of Rock and RollUnited States [59]
Father of Rock and Roll [60]
Beyoncé Princess of R&BUnited States [61]
Queen Bey [62]
Björk Queen of Avant-GardeIceland [63]
Queen of Experimental Pop [64]
Queen of Experimental Music [65]
Mary J. Blige Empress of SoulUnited States [66]
Queen of Hip Hop [27]
Queen of Hip Hop Soul [66] [67]
Queen of R&B [68] [69]
Kurtis Blow King of RapUnited States [70]
BoA Queen of K-PopSouth Korea [71]
Asia's Star [72] [73]
DJ Bobo King of DanceSwitzerland [74] [75]
Bohemia King of Desi Hip HopPakistan/United States
Dieter Bohlen Pop-TitanGermany [76]
David Bowie The King of Glam RockUnited Kingdom [77]
The Master of Reinvention [78]
The Picasso of Pop [79] [80] [81]
Joey Boy King of RapThailand [82]
Brandy Princess of R&BUnited States [83]
The Vocal Bible [84] [85] [86]
Moya Brennan First Lady of Celtic MusicIreland [87] [88]
Garth Brooks King of CountryUnited States [89]
Arthur Brown The God of HellfireUnited Kingdom [90]
Chris Brown Prince of R&BUnited States [91] [92]
Chuck Brown Godfather of Go-GoUnited States [93]
Dennis Brown Crown Prince of ReggaeJamaica [94] [95]
James Brown Godfather of SoulUnited States [96] [97] [98]
Hardest-Working Man in Show Business [97]
King of Soul [99]
Soul Brother No. 1. [98]
Mr. Dynamite [100]
Minister of Super Heavy Funk [101]
Ruth Brown Queen of R&BUnited States [102] [103]
Solomon Burke King of Rock 'n' SoulUnited States [104]
King Solomon [105]
Muhammad Ali of Soul [105]
Bishop of Soul [105]
Kate Bush Queen of Art PopUnited Kingdom [106]


American entertainer Cher, known as the "Goddess of Pop". Cher - Casablanca.jpg
American entertainer Cher, known as the "Goddess of Pop".
Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung has been deemed the "God of Songs". JackyCheung2007.jpg
Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung has been deemed the "God of Songs".
English rock and blues guitarist, singer and, songwriter Eric Clapton is widely known as "God" or "Slowhand" Eric-Clapton 1975.jpg
English rock and blues guitarist, singer and, songwriter Eric Clapton is widely known as "God" or "Slowhand"
Cuban singer Celia Cruz has been called the "Queen of Salsa". Celia Cruz 1.jpg
Cuban singer Celia Cruz has been called the "Queen of Salsa".
Laura Canales Queen of TejanoUnited States [107]
Mariah Carey Queen of R&BUnited States [108]
Queen of Pop [109]
Songbird Supreme [110]
Queen of Melisma [111] [112] [113]
Queen of Christmas [114] [115]
Roberto Carlos The King of Latin MusicBrazil [116] [117]
Carlos Santana The King of Latin Rock Mexico [118]
Carlos do Carmo King of FadoPortugal [119]
Ceca The QueenSerbia [120]
Ray Charles The GeniusUnited States [121] [122]
The High Priest of Soul [123]
Mai Charoenpura Queen of Pop-RockThailand [124]
Clifton Chenier King of ZydecoUnited States [125]
Cher Goddess of PopUnited States [126] [127] [128]
Empress of Pop [129] [130] [131]
Queen of Reinvention [132] [133]
Queen of Comebacks [134] [135] [136] [137]
Queen of Camp [138] [139] [140]
Jacky Cheung God of SongHong Kong [141]
Leslie Cheung Gor Gor (Big/Elder Brother)Hong Kong [142]
Jay Chou King of Chinese PopTaiwan [143]
Ciara Princess of Crunk & BUnited States [144]
Eric Clapton GodUnited Kingdom [145]
Slowhand [145]
Kelly Clarkson The Original American IdolUnited States [146] [147] [148]
Pop Princess [149] [150] [151]
Queen of Covers [152] [153] [154] [155]
George Clinton Father of P-FunkUnited States [156]
Prime Minister of Funk [157]
Kurt Cobain King of AntipopUnited States [158]
King of Alternative Rock [159] [160]
Keyshia Cole Princess of Hip Hop SoulUnited States [161]
Yeng Constantino OPM Pop Rock PrincessPhilippines [162]
Sam Cooke King of SoulUnited States [163] [164] [165]
Alice Cooper Godfather of Shock RockUnited States [166] [167] [168] [169]
Pilita Corrales Asia's Queen of SongsPhilippines [170]
Celia Cruz Queen of SalsaCuba [171]
Dick Curless Baron of Country MusicUnited States [172]
Miley Cyrus Teen QueenUnited States [173] [174] [175]


Daddy Yankee King of ReggaetónPuerto Rico [176] [177]
Damares Queen of Brazilian GospelBrazil [178] [179] [180] [181]
Ray Davies Godfather of BritpopUnited Kingdom [182]
Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi Queen of FolkIndia [183]
Dr. Dre Father of G-FunkUnited States [184]
Amr Diab Father of Mediterranean MusicEgypt [185] [186]
Neil Diamond The Jewish ElvisUnited States [187]
Dick Dale King of the Surf GuitarUnited States [188]
Bo Diddley The Originator of Rock and RollUnited States [189]
Celine Dion Queen of Adult ContemporaryCanada [190] [191]
Queen of Power Ballads [192] [193]
Fats Domino King of Rock and RollUnited States [194]
Lonnie Donegan King of SkiffleUnited Kingdom [195]
Rockin' Dopsie Crown Prince of ZydecoUnited States [196]
Doro Metal QueenGermany [197] [198]
Tommy Dorsey Sentimental Gentleman of SwingUnited States [199] [200]
Gord Downie Canada's Unofficial Poet LaureateCanada [201] [202]
Duncan Mighty Port Harcourt First SonNigeria [203]
Rocío Dúrcal Queen of RancheraSpain [204]
Slim Dusty Australia's King of CountryAustralia [205]
Bob Dylan King of FolkUnited States [206] [207]
The Crown Prince of Folk [208] [209]
God of Folk [210]
King of Folk-Rock [210]
The Voice of a Generation [211]


Rapper Eazy-E has been dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap." Eazy-E.jpg
Rapper Eazy-E has been dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap."
Sheila E. Queen of PercussionUnited States [212] [213]
Nokie Edwards King of GuitarsUnited States [214]
Andrew Eldritch Godfather of GothUnited Kingdom [215]
Missy Elliott Beat SlayerUnited States [216]
First Lady of Hip-Hop [217] [218]
Hip-Hop Goddess [219] [220]
Hip-Hop Heavyweight [221] [222] [223] [224] [225]
Puff Mommy [226] [227] [228]
Queen of the Beats [229] [230] [231]
Queen of Hip Hop [232]
Queen of Hip Hop Dance Music [216]
Queen of Female Rappers [233] [234] [235]
Queen of Rap [236] [237] [238]
Eminem King of Hip-HopUnited States [239]
Eazy-E Godfather of Gangsta RapUnited States [240]
Enya Queen of New AgeIreland [241] [242]
Darren Espanto The Rising Total PerformerCanada/Philippines [243]
Lali Espósito Queen of Argentine PopArgentina [244]
Gloria Estefan Queen of Latin PopCuba/United States [245]
Eva Eugenio Philippines' Jukebox QueenPhilippines [246]
Cesária Évora Barefoot DivaCape Verde [247]
Queen of Morna [248]
Elvy Sukaesih Dangdut Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia [249]


American singer Ella Fitzgerald is known as the "Queen of Jazz" and "America's First Lady of Song". Ella Fitzgerald (1940).jpg
American singer Ella Fitzgerald is known as the "Queen of Jazz" and "America's First Lady of Song".
American singer Aretha Franklin has been identified as the "Queen of Soul". Aretha Franklin on January 20, 2009.jpg
American singer Aretha Franklin has been identified as the "Queen of Soul".
Brenda Fassie The Black MadonnaSouth Africa [250] [251] [252]
Pops Fernandez Concert QueenPhilippines [253]
Vicente Fernandez King of RancheraMexico [254]
Bryan Ferry The King of CoolUnited Kingdom [255]
Ella Fitzgerald First Lady of SongUnited States [256] [257]
Queen of Jazz [258]
Red Foley Mr. Country MusicUnited States [259]
Lita Ford Queen of Heavy MetalUnited States [260]
Zucchero Fornaciari Father of Italian BluesItaly [261]
Eleni Foureira Queen of PopGreece [262] [263]
Aretha Franklin Queen of SoulUnited States [27] [264]
Alan Freed King of Rock and RollUnited States [265]
Claire de la Fuente Philippines' Jukebox QueenPhilippines [246]


Philippine entertainer Sarah Geronimo, widely known as "Popstar Royalty". Sarah G Dubai 2011.jpg
Philippine entertainer Sarah Geronimo, widely known as "Popstar Royalty".
American clarinetist Benny Goodman is known as the "King of Swing". BennyGoodmanStageDoorCanteen.jpg
American clarinetist Benny Goodman is known as the "King of Swing".
South Korean singer G-Dragon has been referred to as the "King of K-pop". G-Dragon 2012 4.jpg
South Korean singer G-Dragon has been referred to as the "King of K-pop".
G-Dragon King of K-PopSouth Korea [266] [267] [268] [269]
King of K-Rap [270]
Juan Gabriel King of Latin PopMexico [271]
Lyca Gairanod Little SuperstarPhilippines [272]
Carlos Gardel King of TangoArgentina [273] [274]
Lucho Gatica King of BoleroChile [275]
Marvin Gaye Prince of MotownUnited States [276]
Prince of Soul [277]
Gloria Gaynor Queen of DiscoUnited States [278]
Muma Gee Queen of African MusicNigeria [279]
Sarah Geronimo Popstar PrincessPhilippines [280]
Popstar Royalty [281]
Queen of Philippine Pop [282]
Rachelle Ann Go Fierce Broadway SongstressPhilippines [283]
Marika Gombitová Queen of Slovak Pop MusicSlovakia [284] [285] [286]
Songstress of the 20th Century [287] [288]
Selena Gomez Dance-Pop PrincessUnited States [289]
Pop Princess [290] [291]
Benny Goodman King of SwingUnited States [292]
Vern Gosdin The VoiceUnited States [293]
Ellie Goulding Queen of Movie SoundtracksUnited Kingdom [294] [295] [296]
Ariana Grande Queen of PopUnited States [297] [298]
Princess of Pop [299] [300]
Amy Grant Queen of Christian PopUnited States [301] [302]
Gretchen Queen of MemesBrazil [303]
Gru Serbian Rap MachineSerbia [304] [305] [306]


Due to her vocal ability, American singer Whitney Houston has been often referred as "The Voice". Whitney Houston Welcome Heroes 7 cropped.JPEG
Due to her vocal ability, American singer Whitney Houston has been often referred as "The Voice".
Sammy Hagar The Red RockerUnited States [307]
Nina Hagen The Mother of PunkGermany [308]
Nazia Hassan The Queen of PopPakistan [309]
Bill Haley King of Rock and RollUnited States [265]
Rob Halford The Metal GodUnited Kingdom [310]
Ayumi Hamasaki Empress of PopJapan [311]
Ofra Haza The Israeli MadonnaIsrael [312]
Madonna of the East [313]
Hana Hegerová Queen of Czechoslovak ChansonCzech/Slovak Republic [314] [315] [316]
Klaus Heuser MajorGermany
Kiyoshi Hikawa Prince of the Enka WorldJapan [317]
Kohmi Hirose Queen of WinterJapan [318]
Billie Holiday Lady DayUnited States [319]
John Lee Hooker King of the BluesUnited States [320]
Whitney Houston Pop PrincessUnited States [321]
The Voice [322]
Queen of Pop [323] [324]
Prom Queen of Soul [325]
Glenn Hughes The Voice of RockUnited Kingdom [326]
Samuel Hui God of SongsHong Kong [327]
Al Hurricane Godfather of New Mexico MusicUnited States [328] [329]
Michael Hutchence The Last RockstarAustralia
The Loved One


Enrique Iglesias King of Latin PopSpain [330]
La India The Princess of SalsaPuerto Rico [331]
Rhoma Irama King of DangdutIndonesia [332]
Gregory Isaacs Cool RulerJamaica [333]
Inul Daratista "Mother" Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia [334]


American singer Mahalia Jackson is known as the "Queen of Gospel". Mahalia Jackson 1962, van Vechten, LC-USZ62-91314.jpg
American singer Mahalia Jackson is known as the "Queen of Gospel".
American singer Michael Jackson is most often identified as the "King of Pop". Michael Jackson 1984.jpg
American singer Michael Jackson is most often identified as the "King of Pop".
American composer and pianist Scott Joplin was dubbed the "King of Ragtime". Scott Joplin 19072.jpg
American composer and pianist Scott Joplin was dubbed the "King of Ragtime".
Jacki-O Queen of The SouthUnited States [335]
Janet Jackson Princess of PopUnited States [336]
Queen of Pop [337]
Queen of R&B [338]
Queen of Radio [339]
Mahalia Jackson Queen of GospelUnited States [340]
Michael Jackson King of PopUnited States [341] [342]
Millie Jackson Godmother of RapUnited States [343]
Wanda Jackson Queen of Rockabilly; First Lady of RockabillyUnited States [344]
Elmore James King of the Slide GuitarUnited States [345]
Rick James King of Punk FunkUnited States [346]
Al Jarreau Acrobat of ScatUnited States [347]
Jay R Philippines' King of RnBPhilippines [348]
Jay-Z King of RapUnited States [349]
Jaya Pinoy Queen of SoulPhilippines [350]
Philippine Queen of Soul [351]
Dick Jensen The GiantUnited States [352]
Ayi Jihu The Chinese MadonnaChina [353] [354]
Cui Jian Grandfather of Chinese RockPeople's Republic of China [355]
Blind Lemon Jefferson Father of the Texas BluesUnited States [345]
Joan Jett Godmother of PunkUnited States [356]
Joey Boy Godfather of Thai Hip HopThailand [357]
Robert Johnson Grandfather of Rock and RollUnited States [358]
Al Jolson The World's Greatest EntertainerUnited States [359]
Sharon Jones Godmother of SoulUnited States [360] [361]
Janis Joplin Queen of Rock and RollUnited States [362] [363]
Scott Joplin King of RagtimeUnited States [364]
Louis Jordan King of the JukeboxUnited States [365]
José José The Prince of SongMexico [366]
Juliana Kanyomozi Uganda's Music QueenUganda [367] [368]
Pop Princess [369]
Jully Black Queen of Canadian R&BCanada [370]


American musician B.B. King is known as the "King of the Blues". Bbking (300dpi).jpg
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". Frankie Knuckles @ ADE 2012.jpg
American DJ, record producer and remixer Frankie Knuckles is known as "The Godfather of House".
Jelena Karleuša DivaSerbia [371]
R. Kelly King of R&BUnited States [372]
King of Pop-Soul [373]
Alicia Keys Queen of R&BUnited States [379]
Khaled King of RaïAlgeria [380]
B.B. King King of the BluesUnited States [381] [382]
Chaka Khan Queen of FunkUnited States [383]
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Emperor of QawwaliPakistan [384]
Khánh Ly Barefoot QueenVietnam [385]
Khia Queen of The SouthUnited States [386]
Maurice Kirya King of MwooyoUganda [387] [388]
Hayley Kiyoko Lesbian JesusUnited States [389]
Beverley Knight Queen of UK SoulUnited Kingdom [390]
Gladys Knight Empress of SoulUnited States [391] [392] [393]
Frankie Knuckles Godfather of HouseUnited States [394]
Joseph Koo Godfather of CantopopHong Kong [395]
Koda Kumi Queen of J-PopJapan [396]
Queen of Live [397]
Fela Kuti Black PresidentNigeria [398]
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Princess of J-PopJapan [399]
Harajuku Pop Princess [400]
Kyla Queen of R&BPhilippines [401]


American singer Kenny Loggins is known as the "King of the Movie Soundtrack" for his contribution to movies. Loggins Interlochen.png
American singer Kenny Loggins is known as the "King of the Movie Soundtrack" for his contribution to movies.
American rapper and singer Lil' Kim is known as the "Queen Bee". Lil Kim Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 (modified).jpg
American rapper and singer Lil' Kim is known as the "Queen Bee".
English singer Vera Lynn is widely acknowledged as the "Forces Sweetheart" for her services during the Second World War. Dame Vera Lynn.jpg
English singer Vera Lynn is widely acknowledged as the "Forces Sweetheart" for her services during the Second World War.
Patti LaBelle Godmother of SoulUnited States [402]
High Priestess of Good Vibrations [403]
Lady Gaga Mother Monster [404]
Queen of Pop [405]
Princess of Pop [406] [407]
Lady Saw Queen of DancehallJamaica [408] [409]
Kendrick Lamar King of the West CoastUnited States [410]
Adam Lambert The New King of QueenUnited States [411] [412]
Nikki Lane First Lady of Outlaw CountryUnited States [413]
James Last Last King of Easy ListeningGermany [414]
Avril Lavigne Pop-Punk QueenCanada [415] [416] [417] [418] [419]
Pop Rock Princess [420]
Princess of Pop [421]
Punk Rock Princess [422] [423] [424]
Kuh Ledesma Pop DivaPhilippines [425]
The Renaissance Woman [426]
Jerry Lee Lewis The KillerUnited States [427]
Liberace Mr. ShowmanshipUnited States [428]
Lil B The Based GodUnited States [429]
Lil Brianna Princess of the SouthUnited States [430]
Lil Jon King of CrunkUnited States [431]
Lil' Kim Queen BeeUnited States [432] [433]
Queen of Hip-Hop [434]
Queen of Rap [435] [436] [437] [438] [439]
Hip-Hop Goddess [440] [441] [442]
Queen of Daring Style [443]
Lil' Mo Godmother of Hip-Hop and R&BUnited States [444] [445]
Lisa Lisa Queen of Latin Hip HopUnited States [446]
Little Richard Architect of Rock and RollUnited States [447]
King of Rock and Roll [448]
Johnny Logan Mr. EurovisionIreland [449] [450] [451]
Kenny Loggins King of the Movie SoundtrackUnited States [452] [453]
Jennifer Lopez Queen of Las VegasUnited States [454]
Lorde New Queen of AlternativeNew Zealand [455]
Dave Lombardo The Godfather of Double BassUnited States [456]
Toby Love King of CrunkchataUnited States [457]
Loretta Lynn First Lady of CountryUnited States [458]
Queen of Country [459] [460]
Vera Lynn Forces Sweetheart United Kingdom [461] [462]
Luis Miguel The Sun of MexicoMexico [463]


American singer Madonna has been referred as the "Queen of Pop". Madonna Rebel Heart Tour 2015 - Stockholm (23051472299) (cropped).jpg
American singer Madonna has been referred as the "Queen of Pop".
Jamaican musician Bob Marley is known as the "King of Reggae". Bob-Marley.jpg
Jamaican musician Bob Marley is known as the "King of Reggae".
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin has been referred as the "King of Latin Pop". Ricky Martin in store appearance, Sydney Australia (1).jpg
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin has been referred as the "King of Latin Pop".
American actress and singer Liza Minnelli has established herself as "The Queen of Broadway". Liza Minnelli Heart Truth2.jpg
American actress and singer Liza Minnelli has established herself as "The Queen of Broadway".
Australian singer Kylie Minogue has been referred as the "Princess of Pop". Kylie Minogue Cannes.jpg
Australian singer Kylie Minogue has been referred as the "Princess of Pop".
Madonna First Lady of PopUnited States [464] [465]
Queen of Pop [466] [467] [468]
High Priestess of Pop [469]
Queen of Reinvention [470] [471]
Queen of Controversy [472] [473]
Francis Magalona King of Philippine RapPhilippines [474]
Miriam Makeba Mama AfricaSouth Africa [475]
Bamboo Mañalac Rock MaestroUnited States [476]
Teena Marie Ivory Queen of SoulUnited States [477]
Lady T [477]
Bob Marley King of ReggaeJamaica [478] [479]
Biz Markie Clown Prince of Hip-HopUnited States [480]
Ricky Martin King of Latin PopPuerto Rico [481] [482] [483] [484] [485] [486]
Puerto Rican Pop King [487]
Crossover Latin King [488]
Crossover Pop King
Fernando Maurício King of Fado and MourariaPortugal [489]
Kym Mazelle First Lady of HouseUnited States [490] [491] [492]
Martina McBride Celine Dion of CountryUnited States [493]
Reba McEntire Queen of CountryUnited States [459] [494]
Thongchai McIntyre King of Thai PopThailand [495]
King of String [495]
Lydia Mendoza Queen of TejanoUnited States [496]
Idina Menzel Broadway QueenUnited States [497]
Daniela Mercury Queen of AxéBrazil [498]
Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the WorldTrinidad and Tobago [499]
Nicki Minaj Queen of RapTrinidad and Tobago/United States [500] [501]
Queen of Hip Hop [502]
Liza Minnelli Queen of BroadwayUnited States [503] [504]
Queen of Hollywood [505]
Kylie Minogue Goddess of PopAustralia [506] [507] [508] [509]
Princess of Pop [510]
Queen of Pop [509] [511] [512] [513]
Lani Misalucha Asia's NightingalePhilippines [514]
Misia Queen of BalladsJapan [515]
Queen of Japanese Soul [516]
Hibari Misora Queen of Japanese PopJapan [517] [518]
Monica R&B PrincessUnited States [83]
Bill Monroe Father of BluegrassUnited States [519]
Rudy Ray Moore Godfather of RapUnited States [520]
Giorgio Moroder Father of DiscoItaly [521]
Anita Mui Queen of Canto PopHong Kong [522] [523]
Madonna of Asia [524]
Murda Beatz Canadian King of Trap MusicCanada [525]
Zeki Müren Sun of ArtTurkey [526]
Peter Murphy Godfather of GothUnited Kingdom [527]
Mỹ Tâm The Queen of V-PopVietnam [528]
Mýa Dancing QueenUnited States [529]
Ghetto Princess [530]
Queen of Throwback R&B/Hip-Hop [531]


American singer Normani has been referred as the "new princess of pop". Normani in 2017 (cropped).jpg
American singer Normani has been referred as the “new princess of pop”.
Emilio Navaira King of TejanoUnited States [532]
Stevie Nicks Queen of Rock and RollUnited States [533] [534]
Martin Nievera Concert KingPhilippines [535]
Thanh NgaThe Queen of Cải lương (Vietnamese Renovated Opera)South Vietnam [536]
Nina Asia's Diamond Soul Siren (or simply Soul Siren)Philippines [537]
Marni Nixon The Ghostess with the MostessUnited States [538]
No I.D. The Godfather of Chicago Hip HopUnited States [539] [540]
Normani New Princess of PopUnited States [541] [542] [543] [544]
Pop Princess
R&B Princess
Noor Jehan Queen of MelodyPakistan [545]
Larry Norman Father of Christian RockUnited States [546]
Ted Nugent Motor City MadmanUnited States [547]


English singer Ozzy Osbourne has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness". OzzyChangingHands02-20-2010.jpg
English singer Ozzy Osbourne has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness".
Odetta Queen of American Folk MusicUnited States [548]
Onyeka Onwenu Queen of African Pop MusicNigeria [549]
Elegant Stallion [550]
Roy Orbison The Caruso of RockUnited States [551]
Orelsan The Boss of French RapFrance [552]
Ozzy Osbourne Godfather of Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom [553]
Prince of Darkness [553]
Johnny Otis Godfather of Rhythm and BluesUnited States [554]


Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti has been identified as the "King of the High C's". Luciano Pavarotti 15.06.02 cropped.jpg
Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti has been identified as the "King of the High C's".
American singer Elvis Presley is known as "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock2.jpg
American singer Elvis Presley is known as "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Nexhmije Pagarusha Queen of Albanian MusicAlbania/Kosovo [555] [556]
Imelda Papin Sentimental SongstressPhilippines [557] [246]
Philippines' Jukebox Queen
Charlie Parker BirdUnited States
Dolly Parton Queen of CountryUnited States [459]
Charley Patton Father of the Delta BluesUnited States [558]
Les Paul Architect of Rock and RollUnited States [11]
Luciano Pavarotti King of the High C'sItaly [559]
Zsa Zsa Padilla Divine DivaPhilippines [560]
CeCe Peniston Queen of DanceUnited States [561] [562]
Peret King of Catalan RumbaSpain [563] [564]
Carl Perkins King of RockabillyUnited States [565]
Maite Perroni Teen Queen of TelenovelasMexico [566]
Katy Perry The Female MJ United States [567] [568] [569]
Bernadette Peters Queen of BroadwayUnited States [570] [571]
Iggy Pop Godfather of PunkUnited States [572] [573]
Pérez Prado King of MamboCuba [574]
Elvis Presley King of Rock and RollUnited States [575]
The King
Lisa Marie Presley Princess of Rock and RollUnited States [576]
Prince The ArtistUnited States [577]
The Purple One [578]
His Royal Badness [579]
Psy King of YouTube South Korea [580] [581] [582]
Pumpuang Duangjan Queen of Luk Thung Thailand [583]


Ivy Queen Queen of ReggaetónPuerto Rico/United States [584] [585]
Queen of Rap [586]
Queen of Latin Hip-Hop [587]
Queen of Urban Music [588]
Reggaetón's First Lady [589]
Queen Latifah Hip-Hop's First LadyUnited States


Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, known as "Magician of Voice", was the first regular pop singer of South Asia. Ahmed Rushdi playback singer 1954.jpg
Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, known as "Magician of Voice", was the first regular pop singer of South Asia.
Ahmed Rushdi Magician of VoicePakistan [590]
Joey Ramone Godfather of PunkUnited States [591]
Johnnie Ray Prince of WailsUnited States [592]
Otis Redding King of SoulUnited States [593]
Lou Reed Godfather of PunkUnited States [594]
Esma Redžepova Queen of Gypsy MusicMacedonia [595]
Sheryn Regis Crystal Voice of AsiaPhilippines [596]
Rihanna Caribbean QueenBarbados [597] [598]
Pop Princess [599]
R&B Princess [600] [601] [602]
Jamie Rivera Inspirational DivaPhilippines [603]
Jenni Rivera The Diva of BandaMexico/United States [604]
The First Lady of Corrido
Ross Robinson Godfather of Nu MetalUnited States [605]
Smokey Robinson King of MotownUnited States [606]
Jimmie Rodgers Father of Country MusicUnited States [607]
Paul Rodgers The VoiceUnited Kingdom [608]
Amália Rodrigues Queen of Fado Portugal [609]
Rozalla Queen of RaveZambia [610]
Paulina Rubio Latin MadonnaMexico [611]
The Golden Girl
The Queen of Latin Pop
Todd Rundgren GodUnited States [612] [613] [614]
RuPaul GlamazonUnited States [615]
Supermodel of the World [616]
The World's Most Famous Drag Queen [617]
A. R. Rahman Mozart of MadrasIndia [618]


Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza is known as "Voice of Asia" and "Asia's Celine Dion". Siti Nurhaliza - Khairul Fahmi's Wedding 2013.jpg
Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza is known as "Voice of Asia" and "Asia's Celine Dion".
The nickname "The Boss" has been synonymous with American singer Bruce Springsteen. Bruce Springsteen 1988.jpg
The nickname "The Boss" has been synonymous with American singer Bruce Springsteen.
American singer Donna Summer has been referred to as the "Queen of Disco". Nobel Peace Price Concert 2009 Donna Summer3.jpg
American singer Donna Summer has been referred to as the "Queen of Disco".
American singer Taylor Swift is known as the "Country Queen" and "Pop princess". Taylor Swift 083 (18118731780).jpg
American singer Taylor Swift is known as the "Country Queen" and "Pop princess".
Janella Salvador OPM Pop SweetheartPhilippines [619]
Lea Salonga Broadway DivaPhilippines [620]
Sandara Park BoA of the PhilippinesPhilippines [621]
Pambansang Krung Krung ng Pilipinas [621]
Sandro The Gypsy Argentina [622]
Argentine Elvis [622]
Šaban Šaulić The King of FolkSerbia [623] [624]
Sandy Brazil's Princess of PopBrazil [625] [626]
Erik Santos Philippines' Prince of PopPhilippines [627]
Romeo Santos King of BachataUnited States [628]
Sarunrat Visutthithada Princess of R&BThailand [629]
Chuck Schuldiner Godfather of Death MetalUnited States [630]
Shirley Scott Queen of the OrganUnited States [631]
Gil Scott-Heron Godfather of RapUnited States [520]
Selena Queen of Tejano MusicUnited States [632]
Queen of Latin Music [633]
Tejano Madonna [634]
Seo Taiji President of CultureSouth Korea [635]
Shakira Queen of Latin PopUnited States [636]
Shin Jung-hyeon Godfather of RockSouth Korea [637]
Frank Sinatra The Chairman of the BoardUnited States [638]
Ol' Blue Eyes [639]
The Voice [640]
Nina Simone Queen of SoulUnited States [641]
High Priestess of Soul [642]
Siti Nurhaliza Voice of AsiaMalaysia [643]
Asia's Celine Dion [644]
Shila Amzah Asia's SweetheartMalaysia [645] [646]
National Treasure of Malaysia [647]
Princess of Music [648]
Bessie Smith Empress of the BluesUnited States [642]
Patti Smith Godmother of PunkUnited States [649]
Sy Smith The Underground Queen of R&B and SoulUnited States [650] [651] [652]
Barbra Streisand Mother of DivasUnited States [653] [654] [655]
Diva of Divas [656] [657] [658] [659] [660]
Angie Stone Black Diamond of SoulUnited States [661]
Sơn Tùng M-TP Prince of V-PopVietnam [662]
Britney Spears Princess of PopUnited States [27] [663]
Queen of Pop [664] [665]
Phil Spector First Tycoon of TeenUnited States [666]
Spice Queen of StageJamaica [667]
Queen of Dancehall [668]
Dusty Springfield White Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom [669] [670]
Bruce Springsteen The BossUnited States [671]
Candi Staton First Lady of Southern SoulUnited States [672]
Gwen Stefani Pop PrincessUnited States [673] [674] [675]
Stevie B King of FreestyleUnited States [676]
George Strait King of CountryUnited States [677]
Suraphol Sombatcharoen King of Luk ThungThailand [678]
Yma Sumac Queen of ExoticaPeru [679]
Donna Summer Queen of DiscoUnited States [27]
Taylor Swift Country-Pop PrincessUnited States [680]
Pop Princess [681]
Country Princess [681]
Country Queen [681]
America's Sweetheart [682] [683]
Sylvester Queen of DiscoUnited States [684]


English musician Pete Townshend has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk". Pete Townshend - Phyllis Keating.jpg
English musician Pete Townshend has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk".
T.I. King of the SouthUnited States [685] [686]
Alan Tam Principal (Tam)Hong Kong [687]
Koko Taylor Queen of the BluesUnited States [688]
Teresa Teng Queen of Asian SongTaiwan [689]
Thalía Queen of Latin PopMexico [690]
Queen of Telenovelas [691]
Empress of Beauty [692]
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Godmother of Rock and RollUnited States [693]
Irma Thomas Soul Queen of New OrleansUnited States [694]
Timaya Egberi Papa 1 of BayelsaNigeria [695]
Justin Timberlake Prince of PopUnited States [696] [697]
President of Pop [698]
Dick Todd King of the JukeboxCanada [699]
Tove Lo Dark-Pop QueenSweden [700]
Touch Na Takuathung Fleet-FootedThailand [701]
Pete Townshend Godfather of PunkUnited Kingdom [702]
Gloria Trevi The Mexican MadonnaMexico [703]
Trina Diamond PrincessUnited States [704]
Queen of The South [705]
Jolin Tsai Queen of Chinese PopTaiwan [706]
Queen of Mandarin Pop [707]
Asia's Dancing Queen [708]
The Asian Madonna [709]
Tina Turner Queen of Rock & RollUnited States [27] [710] [711] [712]
Shania Twain Country Pop QueenCanada [713] [714]
Queen of Country Pop [715]


Japanese singer Hikaru Utada has been identified as "The Diva of the Heisei period". Utada Hikaru 2004.jpg
Japanese singer Hikaru Utada has been identified as "The Diva of the Heisei period".
Hikaru Utada Diva of the Heisei PeriodJapan [716]
Usher King of R&BUnited States [717] [718]
Mr. Entertainment [719] [720]
Carrie Underwood Country Music's Reigning QueenUnited States [721] [722]


Gary Valenciano Mr. Pure EnergyPhilippines [723]
Paul van Dyk Godfather of TranceGermany [724]
Grace VanderWaal Queen GUnited States
Regine Velasquez Asia's SongbirdPhilippines [725]
Viguen King of Persian PopIran [726]
Sultan of Jazz
Rhonda Vincent Queen of BluegrassUnited States [727]


American singer Martha Wash is most often identified as the "Queen of Clubland". Martha Wash.jpg
American singer Martha Wash is most often identified as the "Queen of Clubland".
Liza Wang Big SisterHong Kong [728]
Dionne Warwick Princess of PopUnited States [729]
Martha Wash Queen of ClublandUnited States [730] [731]
The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s [730]
The Voice [731]
Dinah Washington Queen of the BluesUnited States [732] [733]
Paul Weller ModfatherUnited Kingdom [734]
Kitty Wells Queen of Country MusicUnited States [735] [736]
Wiley Godfather of GrimeUnited Kingdom [737]
Paul Whiteman King of JazzUnited States [7] [265]
Marijohn Wilkin The Den Mother of Music RowUnited States [738]
Jackie Wilson Mister ExcitementUnited States [739]
Tony Wilson Mr ManchesterUnited Kingdom [740] [741]
Wendy O. Williams Queen of Shock RockUnited States [742]
Wendy Williams Queen of MediaUnited States [743]
Faye Wong Diva of AsiaHong Kong/People's Republic of China [744]
Heavenly Queen [744]
Tammy Wynette First Lady of CountryUnited States [745] [746]


Xuxa Queen of ChildrenBrazil [747]


Canadian musician Neil Young is known as the "Godfather of Grunge". Neil Young - Per Ole Hagen.jpg
Canadian musician Neil Young is known as the "Godfather of Grunge".
Thai singer Tata Young is known as "Asia's Queen of Pop", "Britney Spears of Asia" and "Wonder Girl". Tata young pimf 2007.JPG
Thai singer Tata Young is known as "Asia's Queen of Pop", "Britney Spears of Asia" and "Wonder Girl".
Yuri The Mexican MadonnaMexico [748]
"Weird Al" Yankovic King of ParodyUnited States [749] [750]
Neil Young Godfather of GrungeCanada [751]
Tata Young Asia's Queen of PopThailand [752]
Britney Spears of Asia [753]
Wonder Girl [754]


Ahmad Zahir Afghan ElvisAfghanistan [755] [756] [757]
Jimmy Zámbó The KingHungary [758] [759]
Frank Zappa America's Best Kept Musical SecretUnited States [760]
Azam Khan The Rock GuruBangladesh [761] [762]

Group and collective titles

ABBA Masters of Disco
Sweden's No. 1 Pop Band
Sweden[ citation needed ]
Aerosmith America's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited States [763] [764]
Anathema Peaceville ThreeUnited Kingdom [765]
My Dying Bride
Paradise Lost
Anthrax Big Four of Thrash United States [766] [767] [768]
Juan Atkins The Belleville Three
Godfathers of Techno
United States [769] [770]
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
The Beach Boys America's BandUnited States [771]
The Beatles Fab FourUnited Kingdom [772]
Big Bang Kings of K-PopSouth Korea [773] [774] [775] [776] [777] [778]
BTS The World's Biggest BoybandSouth Korea [779] [780] [781]
Princes of Pop [782] [783]
New Kings of Pop [784]
Black Sabbath Unholy Trinity of British Hard Rock and Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom [785]
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Carabao King of 3chaThailand [786]
Rolling Stones of Asia [786]
Jacky Cheung Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese PopHong Kong [141]
Aaron Kwok
Leon Lai
Andy Lau
Daft Punk Godfathers of French HouseFrance [787]
Exo Kings of K-PopSouth Korea/China [788] [789] [790] [791] [792] [793]
Nation's Pick [794] [795]
Global Pick [796] [797] [798]
Five Stairsteps First Family of SoulUnited States [799] [800]
Girls' Generation K-Pop PrincessesSouth Korea/United States [801]
Nation's Girl Group [802] [803] [804] [805]
Guns N' Roses The Most Dangerous Band in the WorldUnited States [608]
JYJ The Biggest Boy Band in the WorldSouth Korea [806]
The Jackson 5 First Family of SoulUnited States [799]
Kiss The Hottest Band in the WorldUnited States [807]
Mỹ Linh (Đỗ Mỹ Linh)Four Divas of VietnamVietnam [808]
Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam)
Hồng Nhung (Lê Hồng Nhung)
Trần Thu Hà
The Miracles The ShowstoppersUnited States [809] [810] [811]
One Direction World's Biggest BoybandUnited Kingdom / Ireland [812] [813] [814]
R.E.M. America's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited States [815]
Red Velvet Nation's Representative Girl GroupSouth Korea [816]
The Rolling Stones World's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited Kingdom [817]
Shinee Princes of K-PopSouth Korea [818]
Spice Girls Fab FiveUnited Kingdom [819]
Dusty Springfield Five Mighty Pop Divas of the SixtiesUnited Kingdom [820]
Aretha Franklin United States
Martha Reeves
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
TVXQ King of K-PopSouth Korea [821] [822]
Nation's Idol [823] [824] [825]
K-Pop Royalty [826]
Idols of Idols [827]
Twice Asia's No. 1 Girl GroupSouth Korea / Japan / Taiwan [828]
Nation's Girl Group [829]
U2 The Biggest Band in the WorldIreland [830] [831]

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