Honorific nicknames in popular music

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]

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]

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

Individual titles


AaliyahPrincess of R&BUnited States[17]
Queen of Urban Pop [18]
Lee AaronQueen of Heavy Metal RockCanada[19]
Paula AbdulDancing QueenUnited States
Abrar-ul-HaqKing of Pakistani PopPakistan[20]
Roy AcuffKing of CountryUnited States[21]
Ivi Adamouη Ελληνίδα Πριγκίπισσα της Pop
[The Greek Princess of Pop]
Adele British Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom[23]
Princess of Pop [24]
Christina AguilarDancing QueenThailand[25]
Christina AguileraPrincess of PopUnited States[26]
The Voice of a Generation [27]
Laurel AitkenGodfather of SkaJamaica[28]
AlishaQueen of IndipopIndia[29]
Paulina ÁlvarezEmpress of the DanzoneteCuba[30][31]
Morissette AmonAsia's PhoenixPhilippines[32][33]
Namie AmuroQueen of Japanese PopJapan[34]
The Japanese Madonna [35]
Julie AndrewsBritain's Youngest Prima DonnaUnited Kingdom[36][37]
Anne KansiimeAfrican Queen of ComedyUganda[38]
Aphex TwinKing of IDMUnited Kingdom[39]
Antonio ArcañoThe Monarch of DanzónCuba[40][41][42]
Don ArdenThe English GodfatherUnited Kingdom[43]
Mr. Big [43]
Louis ArmstrongKing of JazzUnited States[44]
AshantiPrincess of Hip Hop and SoulUnited States[45]
Annaleigh AshfordThe New Queen of DiscoUnited States[46]
Chet AtkinsMr. GuitarUnited States[47]


Erykah BaduFirst Lady of Neo-SoulUnited States[48]
Queen of Neo-Soul [49]
Godmother of Soul [50]
Joan BaezQueen of FolkUnited States[51][52]
Šaban BajramovićKing of Romani MusicSerbia[53][54]
BeckKing of SlackersUnited States[55]
Harry BelafonteKing of CalypsoUnited States[56][57]
Janine BerdinGem of OPMPhilippines[58]
Chuck BerryKing of Rock and RollUnited States[59]
Father of Rock and Roll[60]
BeyoncéPrincess of R&BUnited States[61]
Queen Bey[62]
First Lady of Music[63]
Queen of Pop[64]
BjörkQueen of Avant-GardeIceland[65]
Queen of Experimental Pop [66]
Queen of Experimental Music [67]
Mary J. BligeEmpress of SoulUnited States[68]
Queen of Hip Hop [26]
Queen of Hip Hop Soul [68][69]
Queen of R&B [70][71]
Kurtis BlowKing of RapUnited States[72]
BoAQueen of K-PopSouth Korea[73]
Asia's Star [74][75]
DJ BoboKing of DanceSwitzerland[76][77]
BohemiaKing of Desi Hip HopPakistan/United States
Dieter BohlenPop-TitanGermany[78]
David BowieThe King of Glam RockUnited Kingdom[79]
The Master of Reinvention [80]
The Picasso of Pop [81][82][83]
Joey BoyKing of RapThailand[84]
BrandyPrincess of R&BUnited States[85]
The Vocal Bible [86][87]
Moya BrennanFirst Lady of Celtic MusicIreland[88][89]
Garth BrooksKing of CountryUnited States[90]
Arthur BrownThe God of HellfireUnited Kingdom[91]
Chris BrownPrince of R&B United States[92][93]
Chuck BrownGodfather of Go-GoUnited States[94]
Dennis BrownCrown Prince of ReggaeJamaica[95][96]
James BrownGodfather of SoulUnited States[97][98][99]
Hardest-Working Man in Show Business [98]
King of Soul [100]
Soul Brother No. 1. [99]
Mr. Dynamite [101]
Minister of Super Heavy Funk [102]
Ruth BrownQueen of R&BUnited States[103][104]
Solomon BurkeKing of Rock 'n' SoulUnited States[105]
King Solomon [106]
Muhammad Ali of Soul [106]
Bishop of Soul [106]
Syd BarrettGodfather of PsychedeliaUnited Kingdom[107]
Kate BushQueen of Art PopUnited Kingdom[108]


Laura CanalesQueen of TejanoUnited States[109]
Mariah CareyQueen of R&BUnited States[110]
Queen of Pop[111]
Songbird Supreme[112]
Queen of Melisma[113][114][115]
Queen of Christmas[116][117]
Roberto CarlosThe King of Latin MusicBrazil[118][119]
Carlos do CarmoKing of FadoPortugal[120]
The Carter FamilyThe First Family of Country MusicUnited States[121]
CecaThe QueenSerbia[122]
Ray CharlesThe GeniusUnited States[123][124]
The High Priest of Soul [125]
Mai CharoenpuraQueen of Pop-RockThailand[126]
Clifton ChenierKing of ZydecoUnited States[127]
CherGoddess of PopUnited States[128][129]
Empress of Pop [130][131][132]
Queen of Reinvention [133][134]
Queen of Comebacks [135][136][137][138]
Queen of Camp [139][140][141]
Jacky CheungGod of SongHong Kong[142]
Leslie CheungGor Gor (Big/Elder Brother)Hong Kong[143]
Jay ChouKing of Chinese PopTaiwan[144]
CiaraPrincess of Crunk & BUnited States[145]
Eric ClaptonGodUnited Kingdom[146]
Slowhand [146]
Kelly ClarksonThe Original American IdolUnited States[147][148][149]
Pop Princess [150][151][152]
Queen of Covers [153][154][155][156]
George ClintonFather of P-FunkUnited States[157]
Prime Minister of Funk [158]
Kurt CobainKing of AntipopUnited States[159]
King of Alternative Rock [160][161]
Keyshia ColePrincess of Hip Hop SoulUnited States[162]
Yeng ConstantinoOPM Pop Rock PrincessPhilippines[163]
Sam CookeKing of SoulUnited States[164][165][166]
Alice CooperGodfather of Shock RockUnited States[167][168][169][170]
Pilita Corrales Asia's Queen of Songs Philippines [171]
Celia CruzQueen of SalsaCuba[172]
Dick CurlessBaron of Country MusicUnited States[173]
Miley CyrusTeen QueenUnited States[174][175][176]


Daddy YankeeKing of ReggaetónPuerto Rico[177][178]
DamaresQueen of Brazilian GospelBrazil[179][180][181][182]
Ray DaviesGodfather of BritpopUnited Kingdom[183]
Vinjamuri Anasuya DeviQueen of FolkIndia[184]
Dr. DreFather of G-FunkUnited States[185]
Amr DiabFather of Mediterranean MusicEgypt[186][187]
Neil DiamondThe Jewish ElvisUnited States[188]
Dick DaleKing of the Surf GuitarUnited States[189]
Desmond DekkerKing of SkaJamaica[190]
Bo DiddleyThe Originator of Rock and RollUnited States[191]
Celine DionQueen of Adult ContemporaryCanada[192][193]
Queen of Power Ballads [194][195]
Fats DominoKing of Rock and RollUnited States[196]
Lonnie DoneganKing of SkiffleUnited Kingdom[197]
Rockin' DopsieCrown Prince of ZydecoUnited States[198]
DoroMetal QueenGermany[199][200]
Tommy DorseySentimental Gentleman of SwingUnited States[201][202]
Gord DownieCanada's Unofficial Poet LaureateCanada[203][204]
Duncan MightyPort Harcourt First SonNigeria[205]
Rocío DúrcalQueen of RancheraSpain[206]
Slim DustyAustralia's King of CountryAustralia[207]
Bob DylanKing of FolkUnited States[208][209]
The Crown Prince of Folk [210][211]
God of Folk [212]
King of Folk-Rock [212]
The Voice of a Generation [213]


Sheila E.Queen of PercussionUnited States[214][215]
Eazy-EGodfather of Gangsta RapUnited States[216]
Nokie EdwardsKing of GuitarsUnited States[217]
Andrew EldritchGodfather of GothUnited Kingdom[218]
ElissaQueen of EmotionsLebanon[219][220]
Missy ElliottBeat SlayerUnited States[221]
First Lady of Hip-Hop [222][223]
Hip-Hop Goddess [224][225]
Hip-Hop Heavyweight [226][227][228][229][230]
Puff Mommy [231][232][233]
Queen of the Beats [234][235][236]
Queen of Hip Hop [237]
Queen of Hip Hop Dance Music [221]
Queen of Female Rappers [238][239][240]
Queen of Rap [241][242][243]
EminemKing of Hip-HopUnited States[244]
King of Rap [245]
Rap God [246]
EnyaQueen of New AgeIreland[247][248]
Darren EspantoThe Rising Total PerformerCanada/Philippines[249]
Lali EspósitoQueen of Argentine PopArgentina[250]
Gloria EstefanQueen of Latin PopCuba/United States[251]
Eva Eugenio Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [252]
Cesária ÉvoraBarefoot DivaCape Verde[253]
Queen of Morna [254]
Elvy SukaesihDangdut Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia[255]


Brenda FassieThe Black MadonnaSouth Africa[256][257][258]
Pops FernandezConcert QueenPhilippines[259]
Vicente FernandezKing of RancheraMexico[260]
Bryan FerryThe King of CoolUnited Kingdom[261]
Ella FitzgeraldFirst Lady of SongUnited States[262][263]
Queen of Jazz[264]
Red FoleyMr. Country MusicUnited States[265]
Lita FordQueen of Heavy MetalUnited States[266]
Zucchero FornaciariFather of Italian BluesItaly[267]
Stephen FosterFather of American MusicUnited States[268]
Eleni FoureiraQueen of PopGreece[269][270]
Aretha FranklinQueen of SoulUnited States[26][271]
Alan FreedKing of Rock and RollUnited States[272]
Claire de la Fuente Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [252]


G-DragonKing of K-PopSouth Korea[273][274][275][276]
King of K-Rap [277]
Juan GabrielKing of Latin PopMexico[278]
Lyca GairanodLittle SuperstarPhilippines[279]
Carlos GardelKing of TangoArgentina[280][281]
Lucho GaticaKing of BoleroChile[282]
Marvin GayePrince of MotownUnited States[283]
Prince of Soul [284]
Gloria GaynorQueen of DiscoUnited States[285]
Muma GeeQueen of African MusicNigeria[286]
Sarah GeronimoPopstar PrincessPhilippines[287]
Popstar Royalty [288]
Queen of Philippine Pop [289]
Rachelle Ann GoFierce Broadway SongstressPhilippines[290]
Marika GombitováQueen of Slovak Pop MusicSlovakia[291][292][293]
Songstress of the 20th Century[294][295]
Selena GomezDance-Pop PrincessUnited States[296]
Pop Princess[297][298]
Queen of Breakup Songs[299]


Benny GoodmanKing of SwingUnited States[301]
Vern GosdinThe VoiceUnited States[302]
Ellie GouldingQueen of Movie SoundtracksUnited Kingdom[303][304][305]
Ariana GrandeQueen of PopUnited States[306][307]
Princess of Pop[308][309]
Amy GrantQueen of Christian PopUnited States[310][311]
GretchenQueen of MemesBrazil[312]
GruSerbian Rap MachineSerbia[313][314][315]


Sammy HagarThe Red RockerUnited States[316]
Nina HagenThe Mother of PunkGermany[317]
Nazia HassanThe Queen of PopPakistan[318]
Bill HaleyKing of Rock and RollUnited States[272]
Rob HalfordThe Metal GodUnited Kingdom[319]
Ayumi HamasakiEmpress of PopJapan[320]
Ofra HazaThe Israeli MadonnaIsrael[321]
Madonna of the East [322]
Hana HegerováQueen of Czechoslovak ChansonCzech/Slovak Republic[323][324][325]
Klaus HeuserMajorGermany
Kiyoshi HikawaPrince of the Enka WorldJapan[326]
Kohmi HiroseQueen of WinterJapan[327]
Billie Holiday Lady DayUnited States[328]
John Lee HookerKing of the BluesUnited States[329]
Whitney HoustonPop PrincessUnited States[330]
The Voice[331]
Queen of Pop[332][333]
Prom Queen of Soul[334]
Glenn HughesThe Voice of RockUnited Kingdom[335]
Samuel HuiGod of SongsHong Kong[336]
Al HurricaneGodfather of New Mexico MusicUnited States[337][338]
Michael HutchenceThe Last RockstarAustralia
The Loved One


Enrique IglesiasKing of Latin PopSpain[339]
La IndiaThe Princess of SalsaPuerto Rico[340]
Rhoma IramaKing of DangdutIndonesia[341]
Gregory IsaacsCool RulerJamaica[342]
Inul Daratista"Mother" Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia[343]


Jacki-OQueen of The SouthUnited States[344]
Janet Jackson Princess of PopUnited States [345]
Queen of Pop [346]
Queen of R&B [347]
Queen of Radio [348]
Mahalia JacksonQueen of GospelUnited States[349]
Michael JacksonKing of Pop

The Gloved One

United States[350][351]
Millie JacksonGodmother of RapUnited States[352]
Wanda JacksonQueen of Rockabilly; First Lady of RockabillyUnited States[353]
Elmore JamesKing of the Slide GuitarUnited States[354]
Rick JamesKing of Punk FunkUnited States[355]
Al JarreauAcrobat of ScatUnited States[356]
Jay RPhilippines' King of RnBPhilippines[357]
Jay-ZKing of RapUnited States[358]
JayaPinoy Queen of SoulPhilippines[359]
Philippine Queen of Soul [360]
Nemours Jean-Baptiste Father of Kompa Haiti
Dick JensenThe GiantUnited States[361]
Ayi JihuThe Chinese MadonnaChina[362]
Cui JianGrandfather of Chinese RockPeople's Republic of China[363]
Blind Lemon JeffersonFather of the Texas BluesUnited States[354]
Joan JettGodmother of PunkUnited States[364]
Joey BoyGodfather of Thai Hip HopThailand[365]
Robert JohnsonGrandfather of Rock and RollUnited States[366]
Al JolsonThe World's Greatest EntertainerUnited States[367]
Sharon JonesGodmother of SoulUnited States[368][369]
Janis JoplinQueen of Rock and RollUnited States[370][371]
Scott JoplinKing of RagtimeUnited States[372]
Louis JordanKing of the JukeboxUnited States[373]
José JoséThe Prince of SongMexico[374]
Juliana KanyomoziUganda's Music QueenUganda[375][376]
Pop Princess [377]
Jully BlackQueen of Canadian R&BCanada[378]


Jelena KarleušaDivaSerbia[379]
R. KellyKing of R&BUnited States[380]
King of Pop-Soul [381]
Alicia KeysQueen of R&BUnited States[387]
KhaledKing of RaïAlgeria[388]
B.B. KingKing of the BluesUnited States[389][390]
Chaka KhanQueen of FunkUnited States[391]
Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanEmperor of QawwaliPakistan[392]
Khánh LyBarefoot QueenVietnam[393]
KhiaQueen of The SouthUnited States[394]
Maurice KiryaKing of MwooyoUganda[395][396]
Hayley KiyokoLesbian JesusUnited States[397]
Beverley KnightQueen of UK SoulUnited Kingdom[398]
Gladys KnightEmpress of SoulUnited States[399][400][401]
Frankie KnucklesGodfather of HouseUnited States[402]
Joseph KooGodfather of CantopopHong Kong[403]
Koda KumiQueen of J-PopJapan[404]
Queen of Live [405]
Fela KutiBlack PresidentNigeria[406]
Kyary Pamyu PamyuPrincess of J-PopJapan[407]
Harajuku Pop Princess [408]
KylaQueen of R&BPhilippines[409]


Patti LaBelleGodmother of SoulUnited States[410]
High Priestess of Good Vibrations [411]
Lady GagaMother MonsterUnited States[412]
Queen of Pop[413]
Princess of Pop[414][415]
Lady SawQueen of DancehallJamaica[416][417]
Kendrick LamarKing of the West CoastUnited States[418]
Adam LambertThe New King of QueenUnited States[419][420]
Nikki LaneFirst Lady of Outlaw CountryUnited States[421]
James LastLast King of Easy ListeningGermany[422]
Avril LavignePop-Punk QueenCanada[423][424][425][426][427]
Pop Rock Princess [428]
Princess of Pop [429]
Punk Rock Princess [430][431][432]
Kuh LedesmaPop DivaPhilippines[433]
The Renaissance Woman[434]
Jerry Lee LewisThe KillerUnited States[435]
LiberaceMr. ShowmanshipUnited States[436]
Lil BThe Based GodUnited States[437]
Lil BriannaPrincess of the SouthUnited States[438]
Lil JonKing of CrunkUnited States[439]
Lil' KimQueen BeeUnited States[440][441]
Queen of Hip-Hop [442]
Queen of Rap [443][444][445][446][447]
Hip-Hop Goddess [448][449][450]
Queen of Daring Style [451]
Lil' MoGodmother of Hip-Hop and R&BUnited States[452][453]
Lisa LisaQueen of Latin Hip HopUnited States[454]
Little RichardArchitect of Rock and RollUnited States[455]
King of Rock and Roll [456]
Johnny LoganMr. EurovisionIreland[457][458][459]
Kenny LogginsKing of the Movie SoundtrackUnited States[460][461]
Jennifer LopezQueen of Las VegasUnited States[462]
LordeNew Queen of AlternativeNew Zealand[463]
Dave LombardoThe Godfather of Double BassUnited States[464]
Toby LoveKing of CrunkchataUnited States[465]
Loretta LynnFirst Lady of CountryUnited States[466]
Queen of Country [467][468]
Vera LynnForces SweetheartUnited Kingdom[469][470]
Luis MiguelThe Sun of MexicoMexico[471]


MadonnaFirst Lady of PopUnited States[472][473]
Queen of Pop [474][475][476]
Queen of Reinvention [477][478]
Queen of Controversy [479][480]
Francis MagalonaKing of Philippine RapPhilippines[481]
Miriam MakebaMama AfricaSouth Africa[482]
Bamboo MañalacRock MaestroUnited States[483]
Teena MarieIvory Queen of SoulUnited States[484]
Lady T[484]
Bob MarleyKing of ReggaeJamaica[485][486]
Biz MarkieClown Prince of Hip-HopUnited States[487]
Michel Martelly President of Kompa Haiti [488]
Ricky MartinKing of Latin PopPuerto Rico[489][490][491][492][493][494][495]
Puerto Rican Pop King [496]
Crossover Latin King [497]
Crossover Pop King
Fernando MaurícioKing of Fado and MourariaPortugal[498]
Kym MazelleFirst Lady of HouseUnited States[499][500][501]
Martina McBride Celine Dion of Country United States [502]
Reba McEntireQueen of CountryUnited States[467][503]
Thongchai McIntyreKing of Thai PopThailand[504]
King of String[504]
Lydia MendozaQueen of TejanoUnited States[505]
Idina MenzelBroadway QueenUnited States[506]
Daniela MercuryQueen of AxéBrazil[507]
Emeline Michel Queen of Haitian Music Haiti [508]
Mighty SparrowCalypso King of the WorldTrinidad and Tobago[509]
Nicki MinajQueen of RapTrinidad and Tobago/United States[510][511]
Queen of Hip Hop[512]
Liza MinnelliQueen of BroadwayUnited States[513][514]
Queen of Hollywood [515]
Kylie MinogueGoddess of PopAustralia [516][517][518][519]
Princess of Pop [520]
Queen of Pop [519][521][522]
Lani MisaluchaAsia's NightingalePhilippines[523]
MisiaQueen of BalladsJapan[524]
Queen of Japanese Soul [525]
Hibari MisoraQueen of Japanese PopJapan[526][527]
MonicaR&B PrincessUnited States[85]
Bill MonroeFather of BluegrassUnited States[528]
Rudy Ray MooreGodfather of RapUnited States[529]
Giorgio MoroderFather of DiscoItaly[530]
Anita MuiQueen of Canto PopHong Kong[531][532]
Madonna of Asia [533]
Murda BeatzCanadian King of Trap MusicCanada[534]
Zeki MürenSun of ArtTurkey[535]
Peter MurphyGodfather of GothUnited Kingdom[536]
Mỹ TâmThe Queen of V-PopVietnam[537]
MýaDancing QueenUnited States[538]
Ghetto Princess [539]
Queen of Throwback R&B/Hip-Hop [540]


Emilio NavairaKing of TejanoUnited States[541]
Stevie NicksQueen of Rock and RollUnited States[542][543]
Martin NieveraConcert KingPhilippines[544]
Thanh NgaThe Queen of Cải lương (Vietnamese Renovated Opera)South Vietnam[545]
NinaAsia's Diamond Soul Siren (or simply Soul Siren)Philippines[546]
Marni NixonThe Ghostess with the MostessUnited States[547]
No I.D.The Godfather of Chicago Hip HopUnited States[548][549]
Normani New Princess of Pop United States [550][551][552][553][554]


Pop Princess
R&B Princess
The New Supreme of Pop
Noor JehanQueen of MelodyPakistan[556]
Larry NormanFather of Christian RockUnited States[557]
Ted NugentMotor City MadmanUnited States[558]


OdettaQueen of American Folk MusicUnited States[559]
Onyeka OnwenuQueen of African Pop MusicNigeria[560]
Elegant Stallion [561]
Roy OrbisonThe Caruso of RockUnited States[562]
OrelsanThe Boss of French RapFrance[563]
OzunaNew King of ReggaetonPuerto Rico[564][565]
Ozzy OsbourneGodfather of Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom[566]
Prince of Darkness[566]
Johnny OtisGodfather of Rhythm and BluesUnited States[567]


Zsa Zsa PadillaDivine DivaPhilippines[568]
Nexhmije PagarushaQueen of Albanian MusicAlbania/Kosovo[569][570]
Imelda PapinSentimental SongstressPhilippines[571][252]
Philippines' Jukebox Queen
Sandara ParkBoA of the PhilippinesPhilippines[572]
Pambansang Krung Krung ng Pilipinas [572]
Charlie ParkerBirdUnited States
Dolly PartonQueen of CountryUnited States[467]
Charley PattonFather of the Delta BluesUnited States[573]
Les PaulArchitect of Rock and RollUnited States[11]
Luciano PavarottiKing of the High C'sItaly[574]
CeCe PenistonQueen of DanceUnited States[575][576]
PeretKing of Catalan RumbaSpain[577][578]
Carl PerkinsKing of RockabillyUnited States[579]
Maite PerroniTeen Queen of TelenovelasMexico[580]
Katy PerryThe Female MJUnited States[581][582][583]
Bernadette PetersQueen of BroadwayUnited States[584][585]
Iggy PopGodfather of PunkUnited States[586][587]
Pérez PradoKing of MamboCuba[588]
Elvis PresleyKing of Rock and RollUnited States[589]
The King
Lisa Marie PresleyPrincess of Rock and RollUnited States[590]
PrinceThe ArtistUnited States[591]
The Purple One [592]
His Royal Badness [593]
Psy King of YouTubeSouth Korea [594][595][596]
Pumpuang Duangjan Queen of Luk ThungThailand [597]


Ivy QueenQueen of ReggaetónPuerto Rico/United States[598][599]
Queen of Rap[600]
Queen of Latin Hip-Hop[601]
Queen of Urban Music[602]
Reggaetón's First Lady[603]
Queen LatifahHip-Hop's First LadyUnited States


Ahmed RushdiMagician of VoicePakistan[604]
Joey RamoneGodfather of PunkUnited States[605]
Johnnie RayPrince of WailsUnited States[606]
Otis ReddingKing of SoulUnited States[607]
Lou ReedGodfather of PunkUnited States[608]
Esma RedžepovaQueen of Gypsy MusicMacedonia[609]
Sheryn RegisCrystal Voice of AsiaPhilippines[610]
RihannaCaribbean QueenBarbados[611][612]
Pop Princess [613]
R&B Princess [614][615][616]
Jamie RiveraInspirational DivaPhilippines[617]
Jenni RiveraThe Diva of BandaMexico/United States[618]
The First Lady of Corrido
Ross RobinsonGodfather of Nu MetalUnited States[619]
Smokey RobinsonKing of MotownUnited States[620]
Jimmie RodgersFather of Country MusicUnited States[621]
Paul RodgersThe VoiceUnited Kingdom[622]
Amália RodriguesQueen of FadoPortugal[623]
RozallaQueen of RaveZambia[624]
Paulina RubioLatin MadonnaMexico[625]
The Golden Girl
The Queen of Latin Pop
Todd RundgrenGodUnited States[626][627][628]
RuPaul GlamazonUnited States[629]
Supermodel of the World [630]
The World's Most Famous Drag Queen [631]
A. R. RahmanMozart of MadrasIndia[632]


Janella SalvadorOPM Pop SweetheartPhilippines[633]
Lea Salonga Broadway Diva Philippines [634]
SandroThe GypsyArgentina[635]
Argentine Elvis [635]
Šaban Šaulić The King of Folk Serbia [636][637]
SandyBrazil's Princess of PopBrazil[638][639]
Carlos SantanaThe King of Latin RockMexico[640]
Erik SantosPhilippines' Prince of PopPhilippines[641]
Romeo SantosKing of BachataUnited States[642]
Sarunrat VisutthithadaPrincess of R&BThailand[643]
Chuck SchuldinerGodfather of Death MetalUnited States[644]
Shirley ScottQueen of the OrganUnited States[645]
Gil Scott-HeronGodfather of RapUnited States[529]
SelenaQueen of Tejano MusicUnited States[646]
Queen of Latin Music [647]
Tejano Madonna [648]
Seo TaijiPresident of CultureSouth Korea[649]
ShakiraQueen of Latin PopUnited States[650]
Shin Jung-hyeonGodfather of RockSouth Korea[651]
Frank SinatraThe Chairman of the BoardUnited States[652]
Ol' Blue Eyes [653]
The Voice [654]
Nina SimoneQueen of SoulUnited States[655]
High Priestess of Soul [656]
Siti NurhalizaVoice of AsiaMalaysia[657]
Asia's Celine Dion [658]
Shila AmzahAsia's SweetheartMalaysia[659][660]
National Treasure of Malaysia [661]
Princess of Music [662]
Bessie SmithEmpress of the BluesUnited States[656]
Patti SmithGodmother of PunkUnited States[663]
Sy SmithThe Underground Queen of R&B and SoulUnited States[664][665][666]
Kate Stewart The UK Ariana GrandeUnited Kingdom[667]


Barbra StreisandMother of DivasUnited States[669][670][671]
Diva of Divas [672][673][674][675]
Angie StoneBlack Diamond of SoulUnited States[676]
Sơn Tùng M-TPPrince of V-PopVietnam[677]
Britney SpearsPrincess of PopUnited States[26][15]
Queen of Pop [678][679][680]
Phil SpectorFirst Tycoon of TeenUnited States[681]
SpiceQueen of StageJamaica[682]
Queen of Dancehall [683]
Dusty SpringfieldWhite Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom[684][685]
Bruce SpringsteenThe BossUnited States[686]
Candi StatonFirst Lady of Southern SoulUnited States[687]
Gwen StefaniPop PrincessUnited States[688][689][690]
Stevie BKing of FreestyleUnited States[691]
George StraitKing of CountryUnited States[692]
Suraphol SombatcharoenKing of Luk ThungThailand[693]
Yma SumacQueen of ExoticaPeru[694]
Donna SummerQueen of DiscoUnited States[26]
Taylor SwiftCountry Pop PrincessUnited States[695]
Pop Princess [696]
Queen of Pop [697]
Country Princess [696]
Country Queen [696]
America's Sweetheart [698][699]
SylvesterQueen of DiscoUnited States[700]


T.I.King of the SouthUnited States[701][702]
Alan TamPrincipal (Tam)Hong Kong[703]
Koko TaylorQueen of the BluesUnited States[704]
Teresa TengQueen of Asian SongTaiwan[705]
ThalíaQueen of Latin PopMexico [706]
Queen of Telenovelas[707]
Empress of Beauty[708]
Sister Rosetta TharpeGodmother of Rock and RollUnited States[709]
Irma ThomasSoul Queen of New OrleansUnited States[710]
TimayaEgberi Papa 1 of BayelsaNigeria[711]
Justin TimberlakePrince of PopUnited States[712][713]
President of Pop [714]
Dick ToddKing of the JukeboxCanada[715]
Tove LoDark-Pop QueenSweden[716]
Touch Na TakuathungFleet-FootedThailand[717]
Pete TownshendGodfather of PunkUnited Kingdom[718]
Gloria TreviThe Mexican MadonnaMexico[719]
TrinaDiamond PrincessUnited States[720]
Queen of The South[721]
Jolin TsaiQueen of Chinese PopTaiwan [722]
Queen of Mandarin Pop [723]
Asia's Dancing Queen [724]
The Asian Madonna [725]
Sophie TuckerLast of the Red Hot MamasUnited States[726]
Tina TurnerQueen of Rock & RollUnited States[26][727][728][729]
Shania TwainCountry Pop QueenCanada[730][731]
Queen of Country Pop [732]


Hikaru UtadaDiva of the Heisei PeriodJapan[733]
UsherKing of R&BUnited States[734][735]
Mr. Entertainment [736][737]
Carrie UnderwoodCountry Music's Reigning QueenUnited States[738][739]


Gary ValencianoMr. Pure EnergyPhilippines[740]
Paul van DykGodfather of TranceGermany[741]
Grace VanderWaalQueen GUnited States
Regine VelasquezAsia's SongbirdPhilippines[742]
ViguenKing of Persian PopIran[743]
Sultan of Jazz
Rhonda VincentQueen of BluegrassUnited States[744]


Liza WangBig SisterHong Kong[745]
Dionne WarwickPrincess of PopUnited States[746]
Martha WashQueen of ClublandUnited States[747][748]
The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s [747]
The Voice [748]
Dinah WashingtonQueen of the BluesUnited States[749][750]
Paul WellerModfatherUnited Kingdom[751]
Kitty WellsQueen of Country MusicUnited States[752][753]
WileyGodfather of GrimeUnited Kingdom[754]
Paul WhitemanKing of JazzUnited States[7][272]
Marijohn WilkinThe Den Mother of Music RowUnited States[755]
Jackie WilsonMister ExcitementUnited States[756]
Tony WilsonMr ManchesterUnited Kingdom[757][758]
Wendy O. WilliamsQueen of Shock RockUnited States[759]
Wendy WilliamsQueen of MediaUnited States[760]
Sonny Boy Williamson IIKing of HarmonicaUnited States[761]
Faye WongDiva of AsiaHong Kong/People's Republic of China[762]
Heavenly Queen [762]
Tammy WynetteFirst Lady of CountryUnited States[763][764]


XuxaQueen of ChildrenBrazil[765]


YuriThe Mexican MadonnaMexico[766]
"Weird Al" YankovicKing of ParodyUnited States[767][768]
Neil YoungGodfather of GrungeCanada[769]
Tata YoungAsia's Queen of PopThailand[770]
Britney Spears of Asia[771]
Wonder Girl[772]


Ahmad ZahirAfghan ElvisAfghanistan[773][774][775]
Jimmy ZámbóThe KingHungary[776][777]
Frank ZappaAmerica's Best Kept Musical SecretUnited States[778]
Azam KhanThe Rock GuruBangladesh[779][780]

Group and collective titles

ABBAMasters of Disco
Sweden's No. 1 Pop Band
AerosmithAmerica's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited States[781][782]
Christina AguileraThe Pop PrincessesUnited States[783][784][785]
Mandy Moore
Jessica Simpson
Britney Spears
AnathemaPeaceville ThreeUnited Kingdom[786]
My Dying Bride
Paradise Lost
AnthraxBig Four of ThrashUnited States[787][788][789]
Juan AtkinsThe Belleville Three
Godfathers of Techno
United States[790][791]
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
The Beach BoysAmerica's BandUnited States[792]
The BeatlesFab FourUnited Kingdom[793]
Big BangKings of K-PopSouth Korea[794]
The Black CrowesThe Most Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Band in the WorldUnited States[795]
BTSThe World's Biggest BoybandSouth Korea[796]
Princes of Pop[797]
New Kings of Pop[798]
Black SabbathUnholy Trinity of British Hard Rock and Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom[799]
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
CarabaoKing of 3chaThailand[800]
Rolling Stones of Asia[800]
Jacky CheungFour Heavenly Kings of Chinese PopHong Kong[142]
Aaron Kwok
Leon Lai
Andy Lau
Daft PunkGodfathers of French HouseFrance[801]
Celine DionThe Vocal TrinityCanada[802]
Mariah CareyUnited States
Whitney Houston
ExoKings of K-PopSouth Korea / China[803]
Nation's Pick[804]
Global Pick[805]
Fall Out Boy The Emo Trinity United States [806]
My Chemical Romance
Panic! at the Disco
Five StairstepsFirst Family of SoulUnited States[807][808]
Girls' GenerationNation's Girl GroupSouth Korea / United States[809]
Guns N' RosesThe Most Dangerous Band in the WorldUnited States[622]
The Jackson 5First Family of SoulUnited States[807]
Mỹ Linh (Đỗ Mỹ Linh)Four Divas of VietnamVietnam[810]
Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam)
Hồng Nhung (Lê Hồng Nhung)
Trần Thu Hà
The MiraclesThe ShowstoppersUnited States[811][812]
R.E.M.America's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited States[813]
Red VelvetNation's Representative Girl GroupSouth Korea [814]
The Rolling StonesWorld's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited Kingdom[815]
ShineePrinces of K-PopSouth Korea [816]
Spice GirlsFab FiveUnited Kingdom[817]
Dusty SpringfieldFive Mighty Pop Divas of the SixtiesUnited Kingdom[818]
Aretha FranklinUnited States
Martha Reeves
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
TVXQKing of K-PopSouth Korea[819]
Nation's Idol[820][821]
TwiceAsia's No. 1 Girl GroupSouth Korea / Japan / Taiwan[822]
Nation's Girl Group[823]
U2The Biggest Band in the WorldIreland[824]

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