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 even in 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 U.S. 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 Aretha Franklin, who was literally crowned "Queen of Soul" by disk jockey Pervis Spann on stage in 1968.[12] Michael Jackson and Madonna have been closely associated with the terms "King of Pop" and "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s.[13][14][15] Some nicknames have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists[16] and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects.[17] Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals.

Individual titles


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".
Artist Title Country Source
Azam Khan Pop Samrat Bangladesh [18]
Rock Guru [18]
Aaliyah Princess of R&B United States [19]
Queen of Urban Pop [20]
Lee Aaron Queen of Heavy Metal Rock Canada [21]
Paula Abdul Dance/Dancing Queen United States [22][23][24]
Abrar-ul-Haq King of Pakistani Pop Pakistan [25]
Roy Acuff King of Country United States [26]
Ivi Adamou Greek Princess of Pop Cyprus/Greece [27]
Adele British Queen of Soul United Kingdom [28]
Princess of Pop [29][failed verification]
Christina Aguilar Dancing Queen Thailand [30]
Christina Aguilera Princess of Pop United States [31]
The Voice of a Generation [32]
Laurel Aitken Godfather of Ska Jamaica [33]
Alisha Queen of Indipop India [34]
Paulina Álvarez Empress of the Danzonete Cuba [35][36]
Morissette Amon Asia's Phoenix Philippines [37][38]
Namie Amuro Queen of Japanese Pop Japan [39]
The Japanese Madonna [40]
Julie Andrews Britain's Youngest Prima Donna United Kingdom [41][42]
Aphex Twin King of IDM United Kingdom [43]
Antonio Arcaño The Monarch of Danzón Cuba [44][45][46]
Don Arden The English Godfather United Kingdom [47]
Mr. Big [47]
Louis Armstrong King of Jazz United States [48]
Ashanti Princess of Hip Hop and Soul United States [49]
Chet Atkins Mr. Guitar United States [50]


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".
American singer Ruth Brown has been referred to as the "Queen of R&B".
Canadian singer Justin Bieber has been referred to as the "Prince of Pop" and "King of Teen Pop".
Artist Title Country Source
Erykah Badu First Lady of Neo-Soul United States [51]
Queen of Neo-Soul [52]
Godmother of Soul [53]
Baekhyun Genius Idol South Korea [54]
Joan Baez Queen of Folk United States [55][56]
J Balvin Prince of Reggaeton Colombia [57][58]
Šaban Bajramović King of Romani Music Serbia [59][60]
Beck King of Slackers United States [61]
Harry Belafonte King of Calypso United States [62][63]
Mordechai Ben David King of Jewish Music United States [64]
Janine Berdin Gem of OPM Philippines [65]
Chuck Berry King of Rock and Roll United States [66]
Father of Rock and Roll [67]
Beyoncé Queen Bey United States [68]
Queen of America [69][70]
The First Lady of Music [71]
Queen of Pop [72][73]
Queen of 21st Century Pop [74]
Queen of R&B [75][76]
Princess of R&B [77]
Justin Bieber Prince of Pop Canada [78][79]
King of Teen Pop [80][81][82]
Björk Queen of Avant-Garde Iceland [83]
Queen of Experimental Pop [84]
Queen of Experimental Music [85]
Mary J. Blige Empress of Soul United States [86]
Queen of Hip Hop [31]
Queen of Hip Hop Soul [86][87]
Queen of R&B [88][89]
Kurtis Blow King of Rap United States [90]
BoA Queen of K-Pop South Korea [91]
Asia's Star [92][93]
DJ Bobo King of Dance Switzerland [94][95]
Bohemia King of Desi Hip Hop Pakistan/United States [96]
Dieter Bohlen Pop-Titan Germany [97]
John Bonham The Beast United Kingdom [98]
David Bowie The King of Glam Rock United Kingdom [99]
The Master of Reinvention [100]
The Picasso of Pop [101][102][103]
Joey Boy King of Rap Thailand [104]
Brandy Princess of R&B United States [105]
The Vocal Bible [106][107]
Moya Brennan First Lady of Celtic Music Ireland [108][109]
Brockhampton The All-American Boyband United States [110][111]
Garth Brooks King of Country United States [112]
Arthur Brown The God of Hellfire United Kingdom [113]
Chris Brown Prince of R&B United States [114][115]
Chuck Brown Godfather of Go-Go United States [116]
Dennis Brown Crown Prince of Reggae Jamaica [117][118]
James Brown Godfather of Soul United States [119][120][121]
Hardest-Working Man in Show Business [120]
King of Soul [122]
Soul Brother No. 1. [121]
Mr. Dynamite [123]
Minister of Super Heavy Funk [124]
Ruth Brown Queen of R&B United States [125][126]
Solomon Burke King of Rock 'n' Soul United States [127]
King Solomon [128]
Muhammad Ali of Soul [128]
Bishop of Soul [128]
Syd Barrett Godfather of Psychedelia United Kingdom [129]
Kate Bush Queen of Art Pop United Kingdom [130]


Renowned for her vocal range, American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is known as the "Songbird Supreme".
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 "God" or "Slowhand".
Cuban singer Celia Cruz is referred to as the "Queen of Salsa".
Artist Title Country Source
Laura Canales Queen of Tejano United States [131]
Cardi B Hip-hop's Reigning Queen United States [132][133][134][135][136]
Mariah Carey Queen of R&B United States [137]
Queen of Pop [138]
Songbird Supreme [139][140]
Queen of Melisma [141][142][143]
Queen of Christmas [144][145]
Anna Carina Queen of Peruvian Pop Peru [146]
Roberto Carlos The King of Latin Music Brazil [147][148]
Carlos do Carmo King of Fado Portugal [149]
Carter Family The First Family of Country Music United States [150]
Johnny Cash Man In Black United States [citation needed]
Ceca The Queen Serbia [151]
Ray Charles The Genius United States [152][153]
The High Priest of Soul [154]
Mai Charoenpura Queen of Pop-Rock Thailand [155]
Clifton Chenier King of Zydeco United States [156]
Cher Goddess of Pop United States [157][158]
Empress of Pop [159][160][161]
Queen of Reinvention [162][163]
Queen of Comebacks [164][165][166][167]
Queen of Camp [168][169][170]
Jacky Cheung God of Song Hong Kong [171]
Leslie Cheung Gor Gor (Big/Elder Brother) Hong Kong [172]
Jay Chou King of Chinese Pop Taiwan [173]
Ciara Princess of Crunk & B United States [174]
Eric Clapton God United Kingdom [175]
Slowhand [175]
Kelly Clarkson The Original American Idol United States [176][177][178]
Pop Princess [179][180][181]
Queen of Covers [182][183][184][185]
Clarence Clemons The Big Man United States [186]
George Clinton Father of P-Funk United States [187]
Prime Minister of Funk [188]
Kurt Cobain King of Antipop United States [189]
King of Alternative Rock [190][191]
Keyshia Cole Princess of Hip Hop Soul United States [192]
Yeng Constantino OPM Pop Rock Princess Philippines [193]
Sam Cooke King of Soul United States [194][195][196]
Alice Cooper Godfather of Shock Rock United States [197][198][199][200]
Pilita Corrales Asia's Queen of Songs Philippines [201]
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young The American Beatles United States [202]
Celia Cruz Queen of Salsa Cuba [203]
Dick Curless Baron of Country Music United States [204]
Miley Cyrus Teen Queen United States [205][206][207]


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".
Artist Title Country Source
Daddy Yankee King of Reggaetón Puerto Rico [208][209]
Damares Queen of Brazilian Gospel Brazil [210][211][212][213]
Ray Davies Godfather of Britpop United Kingdom [214]
Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi Queen of Folk India [215]
Dr. Dre Father of G-Funk United States [216]
Amr Diab Father of Mediterranean Music Egypt [217][218]
Neil Diamond The Jewish Elvis United States [219]
Dick Dale King of the Surf Guitar United States [220]
Desmond Dekker King of Ska Jamaica [221]
Lana Del Rey Queen of Soundtracks United States [222][223][224][225][226]
Queen of Indie Pop
Bo Diddley The Originator of Rock and Roll United States [227]
J Dilla Godfather of Lo-Fi Hip-Hop United States [228]
Celine Dion Queen of Adult Contemporary Canada [229][230]
Queen of Power Ballads [231][232]
Fats Domino King of Rock and Roll United States [233]
Lonnie Donegan King of Skiffle United Kingdom [234]
Rockin' Dopsie Crown Prince of Zydeco United States [235]
Doro Metal Queen Germany [236][237]
Thomas A. Dorsey Father of Gospel Music United States [238]
Tommy Dorsey Sentimental Gentleman of Swing United States [239][240]
Gord Downie Canada's Unofficial Poet Laureate Canada [241][242]
Duncan Mighty Port Harcourt First Son Nigeria [243]
Rocío Dúrcal Queen of Ranchera Spain [244]
Slim Dusty Australia's King of Country Australia [245]
Bob Dylan King of Folk United States [246][247]
The Crown Prince of Folk [248][249]
God of Folk [250]
King of Folk-Rock [250]
The Voice of a Generation [251]


American rapper Eazy-E has been dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap"
American rapper Eminem has gone by multiple honorifics, such as "King of Hip-Hop", "King of Rap" and "Rap God"
Artist Title Country Source
Sheila E. Queen of Percussion United States [252][253]
Eazy-E Godfather of Gangsta Rap United States [254]
Nokie Edwards King of Guitars United States [255]
Andrew Eldritch Godfather of Goth United Kingdom [256]
Elissa Queen of Emotions Lebanon [257][258]
Missy Elliott Beat Slayer United States [259]
First Lady of Hip-Hop [260][261]
Hip-Hop Goddess [262][263]
Hip-Hop Heavyweight [264][265][266][267][268]
Puff Mommy [269][270][271]
Queen of the Beats [272][273][274]
Queen of Hip Hop [275]
Queen of Hip Hop Dance Music [259]
Queen of Female Rappers [276][277][278]
Queen of Rap [279][280][281]
Eminem King of Hip-Hop United States [282]
King of Rap [283]
Rap God [284]
Enya Queen of New Age Ireland [285][286]
Darren Espanto The Rising Total Performer Canada/Philippines [287]
Lali Espósito Queen of Argentine Pop Argentina [288]
Gloria Estefan Queen of Latin Pop Cuba/United States [289]
Eva Eugenio Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [290]
Cesária Évora Barefoot Diva Cape Verde [291]
Queen of Morna [292]
Elvy Sukaesih Dangdut Queen of Indonesia Indonesia [293]
Ester Dean The Song Machine United States [294]


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".
Artist Title Country Source
Brenda Fassie The Black Madonna South Africa [295][296][297]
Pops Fernandez Concert Queen Philippines [298]
Vicente Fernandez King of Ranchera Mexico [299]
Bryan Ferry The King of Cool United Kingdom [300]
Ella Fitzgerald First Lady of Song United States [301][302]
Queen of Jazz [303]
Red Foley Mr. Country Music United States [304]
Lita Ford Queen of Heavy Metal United States [305]
Zucchero Fornaciari Father of Italian Blues Italy [306]
Stephen Foster Father of American Music United States [307]
Eleni Foureira Queen of Pop Greece [308][309]
Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul United States [31][310]
Alan Freed King of Rock and Roll United States [311]
Claire de la Fuente Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [290]


Philippine entertainer Sarah Geronimo, widely known as "Popstar Royalty".
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".
Artist Title Country Source
G-Dragon King of K-Pop South Korea [312][313][314][315]
Juan Gabriel King of Latin Pop Mexico [316]
Lady Gaga Mother Monster United States [317]
Queen of Pop [318]
Princess of Pop [319][320]
Lyca Gairanod Little Superstar Philippines [321]
Carlos Gardel King of Tango Argentina [322][323]
Lucho Gatica King of Bolero Chile [324]
Marvin Gaye Prince of Motown United States [325]
Prince of Soul [326]
Gloria Gaynor Queen of Disco United States [327]
Muma Gee Queen of African Music Nigeria [328]
Sarah Geronimo Popstar Princess Philippines [329]
Popstar Royalty [330]
Queen of Philippine Pop [331]
Mikhail Glinka Source and Fountainhead of Russian Music Russia [332]
Rachelle Ann Go Fierce Broadway Songstress Philippines [333]
Marika Gombitová Queen of Slovak Pop Music Slovakia [334][335][336]
Songstress of the 20th Century [337][338]
Selena Gomez Dance-Pop Princess United States [339]
Pop Princess [340]
Queen of Breakup Songs [341]
Benny Goodman King of Swing United States [342]
Vestal Goodman Queen of Gospel Music United States [343]
Vern Gosdin The Voice United States [344]
Ellie Goulding Queen of Movie Soundtracks United Kingdom [345][346][347]
Ariana Grande Princess of Pop United States [348][349]
Queen Of Halloween [350]
Amy Grant Queen of Christian Pop United States [351][352]
Gretchen Queen of Memes Brazil [353]
Gru Serbian Rap Machine Serbia [354][355][356]


Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan is known as the "Emperor of Ghazal".
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".
Artist Title Country Source
Sammy Hagar The Red Rocker United States [357]
Nina Hagen The Mother of Punk Germany [358]
Bill Haley King of Rock and Roll United States [311]
Rob Halford The Metal God United Kingdom [359]
Ayumi Hamasaki Empress of Pop Japan [360]
Mehdi Hassan Emperor of Ghazal Pakistan [361][362]
Nazia Hassan Queen Of South Asian Pop Pakistan [363]
Ofra Haza The Israeli Madonna Israel [364]
Madonna of the East [365]
Hana Hegerová Queen of Czechoslovak Chanson Czech/Slovak Republic [366][367][368]
Klaus Heuser Major Germany [citation needed]
Kiyoshi Hikawa Prince of the Enka World Japan [369]
Kohmi Hirose Queen of Winter Japan [370]
Billie Holiday Lady Day United States [371]
Buddy Holly The Music United States [citation needed]
John Lee Hooker King of the Blues United States [372]
Whitney Houston Pop Princess United States [373]
The Voice [374]
Queen of Pop [375][376]
Prom Queen of Soul [377]
Jennifer Hudson The Princess of Soul United States [378]
America's Dreamgirl [379]
Glenn Hughes The Voice of Rock United Kingdom [380]
Samuel Hui God of Songs Hong Kong [381]
Al Hurricane Godfather of New Mexico Music United States [382][383]
Michael Hutchence The Last Rockstar Australia [citation needed]
The Loved One [citation needed]


Artist Title Country Source
Enrique Iglesias King of Latin Pop Spain [384]
La India The Princess of Salsa Puerto Rico [385]
Rhoma Irama King of Dangdut Indonesia [386]
Gregory Isaacs Cool Ruler Jamaica [387]
Inul Daratista "Mother" Queen of Indonesia Indonesia [388]


American singer Mahalia Jackson is known as the "Queen of Gospel".
American singer Michael Jackson is known as the "King of Pop".
American composer and pianist Scott Joplin was dubbed the "King of Ragtime".
Thai singer and actress Jintara Poonlarp was dubbed the "Phin's melody girl" or "Sao Sieng Phin".
American singer-poet-songwriter Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of The Doors, is often nicknamed as "The Lizard King" for his obsession of lizards and wild personality and "Mr. Mojo Risin'"
Artist Title Country Source
Jaclyn Victor Asia's Divette Malaysia
Jacki-O Queen of The South United States [389]
Janet Jackson Princess of Pop United States [390]
Queen of Pop [391]
Queen of R&B [392]
Queen of Radio [393]
Mahalia Jackson Queen of Gospel United States [394]
Michael Jackson King of Pop

The Gloved One

United States [395][396]
Millie Jackson Godmother of Rap United States [397]
Wanda Jackson Queen of Rockabilly; First Lady of Rockabilly United States [398]
Elmore James King of the Slide Guitar United States [399]
Rick James King of Punk Funk United States [400]
Al Jarreau Acrobat of Scat United States [401]
Jay R Philippines' King of RnB Philippines [402]
Jay-Z King of Rap United States [403]
King of New York [404]
Jaya Pinoy Queen of Soul Philippines [405]
Philippine Queen of Soul [406]
Nemours Jean-Baptiste Father of Kompa Haiti
Noor Jehan Queen of Melody Pakistan [407]
Dick Jensen The Giant United States [408]
Ayi Jihu The Chinese Madonna China [409]
Cui Jian Grandfather of Chinese Rock China [410]
Blind Lemon Jefferson Father of the Texas Blues United States [399]
Joan Jett Godmother of Punk United States [411]
Joey Boy Godfather of Thai Hip Hop Thailand [412]
Billy Joel The Piano Man United States [413]
Robert Johnson Grandfather of Rock and Roll United States [414]
Al Jolson The World's Greatest Entertainer United States [415]
Sharon Jones Godmother of Soul United States [416][417]
Janis Joplin Queen of Rock and Roll United States [418][419]
Scott Joplin King of Ragtime United States [420]
Louis Jordan King of the Jukebox United States [421]
José José The Prince of Song Mexico [422]
Juliana Kanyomozi Uganda's Music Queen Uganda [423][424]
Pop Princess [425]
Jully Black Queen of Canadian R&B Canada [426]
Brian Jones Elmo Lewis United Kingdom
Jintara Poonlarp Phin's melody girl. (Sao Sieng Phin) Thailand [427]
Queen of Mor lam
Jim Morrison The Lizard King

Mr. Mojo Risin'

United States [428]


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".
Artist Title Country Source
Jelena Karleuša Diva Serbia [429]
R. Kelly King of R&B United States [430]
King of Pop-Soul [431]
Alicia Keys Queen of R&B United States [437]
Khaled King of Raï Algeria [438]
B.B. King King of the Blues
Mayor of Bluesville
United States [439][440][441]
Chaka Khan Queen of Funk United States [442]
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Emperor of Qawwali Pakistan [443]
Khánh Ly Barefoot Queen Vietnam [444]
Khia Queen of The South United States [445]
DJ Kool Herc Father of Hip-Hop United States [446]
Maurice Kirya King of Mwooyo Uganda [447][448]
Hayley Kiyoko Lesbian Jesus United States [449]
Beverley Knight Queen of UK Soul United Kingdom [450]
Gladys Knight Empress of Soul United States [451][452][453]
Frankie Knuckles Godfather of House United States [454]
Joseph Koo Godfather of Cantopop Hong Kong [455]
Koda Kumi Queen of J-Pop Japan [456]
Queen of Live [457]
Fela Kuti Black President Nigeria [458]
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Princess of J-Pop Japan [459]
Harajuku Pop Princess [460]
Kyla Queen of R&B Philippines [461]


Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar is widely acknowledged as the "Queen of Melody" & "Voice of the Millennium". She has recorded more than 25,000 songs in over 36 regional Indian languages and foreign language.
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".
English singer Vera Lynn was known as the "Forces' Sweetheart" for her popularity among the armed forces during World War II.
Artist Title Country Source
Lata Mangeshkar Queen of Melody
Voice of the Millennium
Voice of the Nation
Nightingale of India
India [462][463]
Patti LaBelle Godmother of Soul United States [464]
High Priestess of Good Vibrations [465]
Kendrick Lamar King of the West Coast United States [466]
Adam Lambert The New King of Queen United States [467][468]
Nikki Lane First Lady of Outlaw Country United States [469]
James Last Last King of Easy Listening Germany [470]
Queen Latifah Hip-Hop's First Lady United States
Avril Lavigne Pop-Punk Queen Canada [471][472][473][474][475]
Pop Rock Princess [476]
Princess of Pop [477]
Punk Rock Princess [478][479][480]
Héctor Lavoe El Cantante de los Cantantes Puerto Rico
Kuh Ledesma Pop Diva Philippines [481]
The Renaissance Woman [482]
Jerry Lee Lewis The Killer United States [483]
Liberace Mr. Showmanship United States [484]
Lil B The Based God United States [485]
Lil Brianna Princess of the South United States [486]
Lil Jon King of Crunk United States [487]
Lil' Kim Queen Bee United States [488][489]
Queen of Hip-Hop [490]
Queen of Rap [491][492][493][494][495]
Hip-Hop Goddess [496][497][498]
Queen of Daring Style [499]
Lil' Mo Godmother of Hip-Hop and R&B United States [500][501]
Lisa Lisa Queen of Latin Hip Hop United States [502]
Little Richard Architect of Rock and Roll United States [503]
King of Rock and Roll [504]
Johnny Logan Mr. Eurovision Ireland [505][506][507]
Kenny Loggins King of the Movie Soundtrack United States [508][509]
Dave Lombardo The Godfather of Double Bass United States [510]
Jennifer Lopez Queen of Las Vegas United States [511]
Lorde New Queen of Alternative New Zealand [512]
Demi Lovato Tween Princess United States [513]
Pop Princess [514]
Toby Love King of Crunkchata United States [515]
Luis Miguel The Sun of Mexico Mexico [516]
Loretta Lynn First Lady of Country United States [517]
Queen of Country [518][519]
Vera Lynn Forces' Sweetheart United Kingdom [520][521]


American singer-songwriter Madonna is known as the "Queen of Pop".
Jamaican musician Bob Marley is known as the "King of Reggae".
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin has been referred to as the "King of Latin Pop".
Known for his flamboyant stage persona, English singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury has been referred to as "Mr. Fahrenheit".
Artist Title Country Source
Madonna First Lady of Pop United States [522][523]
Queen of Pop [524][525][526]
Queen of Reinvention [527][528]
Queen of Controversy [529][530]
Francis Magalona King of Philippine Rap Philippines [531]
Miriam Makeba Mama Africa South Africa [532]
Bamboo Mañalac Rock Maestro United States [533]
Teena Marie Ivory Queen of Soul United States [534]
Lady T [534]
Bob Marley King of Reggae Jamaica [535][536]
Biz Markie Clown Prince of Hip-Hop United States [537]
Michel Martelly President of Kompa Haiti [538]
Ricky Martin King of Latin Pop Puerto Rico [539][540][541][542][543][544][545]
Latin King of Pop [546]
Latin Music King [547]
Puerto Rican Pop King [548]
Crossover Latin King [549][550]
Crossover Pop King
Melanie Martinez Emo-Pop Queen United States [551]
Fernando Maurício King of Fado and Mouraria Portugal [552]
Kym Mazelle First Lady of House United States [553][554][555]
Martina McBride Celine Dion of Country United States [556]
Reba McEntire Queen of Country United States [518][557]
Thongchai McIntyre King of Thai Pop Thailand [558]
King of String [558]
Lydia Mendoza Queen of Tejano United States [559]
Idina Menzel Broadway Queen United States [560]
Daniela Mercury Queen of Axé Brazil [561]
Freddie Mercury The King of Queen United Kingdom [562]
Mr. Fahrenheit [563][564]
Emeline Michel Queen of Haitian Music Haiti [565]
Nicki Minaj Queen of Rap Trinidad and Tobago [566][567]
Liza Minnelli Queen of Broadway United States [568][569]
Queen of Hollywood [570]
Kylie Minogue Goddess of Pop Australia [571][572][573][574]
Princess of Pop [575]
Queen of Pop [574][576][577]
Lani Misalucha Asia's Nightingale Philippines [578]
Misia Queen of Ballads Japan [579]
Queen of Japanese Soul [580]
Hibari Misora Queen of Japanese Pop Japan [581][582]
Monica R&B Princess United States [105]
Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass United States [583]
Rudy Ray Moore Godfather of Rap United States [584]
Giorgio Moroder Father of Disco Italy [585]
Anita Mui Queen of Canto Pop Hong Kong [586][587]
Madonna of Asia [588]
Murda Beatz Canadian King of Trap Music Canada [589]
Zeki Müren Sun of Art Turkey [590]
Peter Murphy Godfather of Goth United Kingdom [591]
Kacey Musgraves Yeehaw Queen United States [592]
Mỹ Tâm The Queen of V-Pop Vietnam [593]
Mýa Dancing Queen United States [594]
Ghetto Princess [595]
Queen of Throwback R&B/Hip-Hop [596]


Pakistani singer-songwriter Nazia Hassan was known as "The Queen of South Asian Pop Music".
Pakistani singer Noor Jehan was known as the "Queen of Melody".
Artist Title Country Source
Emilio Navaira King of Tejano United States [597]
Thanh Nga The Queen of Cải lương (Vietnamese Renovated Opera) South Vietnam [598]
Stevie Nicks Queen of Rock and Roll United States [599][600]
Bert Nievera Johnny Mathis of the Philippines Philippines [601]
Timeless Balladeer
Martin Nievera Concert King Philippines [602]
Nina Asia's Diamond Soul Siren (or simply Soul Siren) Philippines [603]
Marni Nixon The Ghostess with the Mostess United States [604]
No I.D. The Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop United States [605][606]
Larry Norman Father of Christian Rock United States [607]
Ted Nugent Motor City Madman United States [608]


English singer Ozzy Osbourne has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness".
Artist Title Country Source
Odetta Queen of American Folk Music United States [609]
Onyeka Onwenu Queen of African Pop Music Nigeria [610]
Elegant Stallion [611]
Roy Orbison The Caruso of Rock United States [612]
Orelsan The Boss of French Rap France [613]
Ozuna New King of Reggaeton Puerto Rico [614][615]
Ozzy Osbourne Godfather of Heavy Metal United Kingdom [616]
Prince of Darkness [616]
Johnny Otis Godfather of Rhythm and Blues United States [617]


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" or simply "The King".
Artist Title Country
Zsa Zsa Padilla Divine Diva Philippines [618]
Nexhmije Pagarusha Queen of Albanian Music Albania/Kosovo [619][620]
Imelda Papin Sentimental Songstress Philippines [290][621]
Philippines' Jukebox Queen
Sandara Park BoA of the Philippines Philippines [622]
Pambansang Krung Krung ng Pilipinas [622]
Charlie Parker Bird United States
Dolly Parton Queen of Country United States [518]
Charley Patton Father of the Delta Blues United States [623]
Les Paul Architect of Rock and Roll United States [11]
Luciano Pavarotti King of the High C's Italy [624]
CeCe Peniston Queen of Dance United States [625][626]
Peret King of Catalan Rumba Spain [627][628]
Carl Perkins King of Rockabilly United States [629]
Maite Perroni Teen Queen of Telenovelas Mexico [630]
Katy Perry Pop Princess United States [631]
Bernadette Peters Queen of Broadway United States [632][633]
Iggy Pop Godfather of Punk United States [634][635]
Pérez Prado King of Mambo Cuba [636]
Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll United States [637]
The King
Lisa Marie Presley Princess of Rock and Roll United States [638]
Rod Price Magician of Slide United Kingdom [639]
Prince The Artist United States [640]
The Purple One [641]
His Royal Badness [642]
Psy King of YouTube South Korea [643][644][645]
Pumpuang Duangjan Queen of Luk Thung Thailand [646]


Artist Title Country Source
Ustad Qasim Father of Afghan Music Afghanistan [647][648]
Founder of Afghan Classical Music [648]
Ivy Queen Queen of Reggaetón United States [649][650]
Queen of Rap [651]
Queen of Latin Hip-Hop [652]
Queen of Urban Music [653]
Reggaetón's First Lady [654]


Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, known as "Magician of Voice", was the first regular pop singer of South Asia.
Mexican singer Paulina Rubio has been referred to as the "Queen of Latin Pop" and "Madonna Latina".
Artist Title Country Source
Ma Rainy Mother of the Blues United States [655]
Joey Ramone Godfather of Punk United States [656]
Johnnie Ray Prince of Wails United States [657]
Otis Redding King of Soul United States [658]
Lou Reed Godfather of Punk United States [659]
Esma Redžepova Queen of Gypsy Music Macedonia [660]
Sheryn Regis Crystal Voice of Asia Philippines [661]
[[JP Richardson {{{last}}}|JP Richardson {{{last}}}]] The Big Bopper United States [662]
Rihanna Caribbean Queen Barbados [663][664]
Pop Princess [665]
R&B Princess [666][667][668]
Jamie Rivera Inspirational Diva Philippines [669]
Jenni Rivera The Diva of Banda Mexico/United States [670]
The First Lady of Corrido
Ross Robinson Godfather of Nu Metal United States [671]
Smokey Robinson King of Motown United States [672]
Jimmie Rodgers Father of Country Music United States [673]
Paul Rodgers The Voice United Kingdom [674]
Amália Rodrigues Queen of Fado Portugal [675]
Rozalla Queen of Rave Zambia [676]
Paulina Rubio Madonna Latina Mexico [677]
The Golden Girl
Queen of Latin Pop
Todd Rundgren God United States [678][679][680]
RuPaul Glamazon United States [681]
Supermodel of the World [682]
The World's Most Famous Drag Queen [683]
A. R. Rahman Mozart of Madras India [684]
Kenny Rogers The Gambler United States
Ahmed Rushdi Magician of Voice Pakistan [685]


American singer Britney Spears is known as the "Princess of Pop".
Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza is known as the "Voice of Asia" and "Asia's Celine Dion".
American singer Bruce Springsteen is known by the nickname "The Boss".
American singer Donna Summer is known as the "Queen of Disco".
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has been referred to as "Pop Titan", "Country Queen", and "America's Sweetheart".
Artist Title Country Source
Janella Salvador OPM Pop Sweetheart Philippines [686]
Lea Salonga Broadway Diva Philippines [687]
Sandro The Gypsy Argentina [688]
Argentine Elvis [688]
Šaban Šaulić The King of Folk Serbia [689][690]
Sandy Brazil's Princess of Pop Brazil [691][692]
Carlos Santana The King of Latin Rock Mexico [citation needed]
Erik Santos Philippines' Prince of Pop Philippines [693]
Romeo Santos King of Bachata United States [694]
Sarunrat Visutthithada Princess of R&B Thailand [695]
Lady Saw Queen of Dancehall Jamaica [696][697]
Chuck Schuldiner Godfather of Death Metal United States [698]
Shirley Scott Queen of the Organ United States [699]
Gil Scott-Heron Godfather of Rap United States [584]
Selena Queen of Tejano Music United States [700]
Queen of Latin Music [701]
Mexican Madonna [702]
Seo Taiji President of Culture South Korea [703]
Shakira Queen of Latin Music Colombia [704][705]
Queen of Latin Pop [706]
Titan of Latin Pop [707]
Queen of the World Cup [708]
Female Ricky Martin [709]
Shin Jung-hyeon Godfather of Rock South Korea [710]
Frank Sinatra The Chairman of the Board United States [711]
Ol' Blue Eyes [712]
The Voice [713]
Nina Simone Queen of Soul United States [714]
High Priestess of Soul [715]
Siti Nurhaliza Voice of Asia Malaysia [716]
Asia's Celine Dion [717]
Shila Amzah Asia's Sweetheart Malaysia [718][719]
National Treasure of Malaysia [720]
Princess of Music [721]
Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues United States [715]
Patti Smith Godmother of Punk United States [722]
Sy Smith The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul United States [723][724][725]
Sơn Tùng M-TP Prince of V-Pop Vietnam [726]
Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World Trinidad and Tobago [727]
Britney Spears Princess of Pop United States [31][728]
Queen of Pop [729][730]
Pop Princess [731]
Phil Spector First Tycoon of Teen United States [732]
Spice Queen of Stage Jamaica [733]
Queen of Dancehall [734]
Dusty Springfield White Queen of Soul United Kingdom [735][736]
Bruce Springsteen The Boss United States [737]
Candi Staton First Lady of Southern Soul United States [738]
Gwen Stefani Pop Princess United States [739][740][741]
Stevie B King of Freestyle United States [742]
Stephen Stills Captain Many Hands United States [743]
Angie Stone Black Diamond of Soul United States [744]
George Strait King of Country United States [745]
Barbra Streisand Mother of Divas United States [746][747][748]
Diva of Divas [749][750][751][752]
Suraphol Sombatcharoen King of Luk Thung Thailand [753]
Yma Sumac Queen of Exotica Peru [754]
Donna Summer Queen of Disco United States [31]
Taylor Swift Pop Titan United States [755][756][757]
Country Pop Princess [758]
Pop Princess [759]
Queen of Pop [760]
Country Princess [759]
Country Queen [759]
America's Sweetheart [761][762]
Sylvester Queen of Disco United States [763]


Mexican singer Thalía is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop".
English musician Pete Townshend has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk".
Artist Title Country Source
T.I. King of the South United States [764][765]
Lucero The Girlfriend Of America Mexico [766][767]
Alan Tam Principal (Tam) Hong Kong [768]
Koko Taylor Queen of the Blues United States [769]
Teresa Teng Asia's eternal queen of pop Taiwan [770]
Thalía Queen of Latin pop Mexico [771]
Queen of Telenovelas [772]
Empress of Beauty [773]
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Godmother of Rock and Roll United States [774]
Irma Thomas Soul Queen of New Orleans United States [775]
Timaya Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa Nigeria [776]
Justin Timberlake Prince of Pop United States [777][778]
President of Pop [778]
Dick Todd King of the Jukebox Canada [779]
Tove Lo Dark-Pop Queen Sweden [780]
Touch Na Takuathung Fleet-Footed Thailand [781]
Pete Townshend Godfather of Punk United Kingdom [782]
Gloria Trevi The Mexican Madonna Mexico [783]
Trina Diamond Princess United States [784]
Queen of The South [785]
Jolin Tsai Queen of Chinese Pop Taiwan [786]
Queen of Mandarin Pop [787]
Asia's Dancing Queen [788]
The Asian Madonna [789]
Sophie Tucker Last of the Red Hot Mamas United States [790]
Tina Turner Queen of Rock & Roll United States [31][791][792][793]
Shania Twain Country Pop Queen Canada [794][795]
Queen of Country Pop [796]


Japanese singer Hikaru Utada has been identified as "The Diva of the Heisei period".
Artist Title Country Source
Hikaru Utada Diva of the Heisei Period Japan [797]
Usher King of R&B United States [798][799]
Mr. Entertainment [800][801]
Carrie Underwood Country Music's Reigning Queen United States [802][803]


Artist Title Country Source
Gary Valenciano Mr. Pure Energy Philippines [804]
Ritchie Valens King of Chicano Rock United States [805]
Francisca Valenzuela Chilean Pop-Rock Queen Chile [806]
Paul van Dyk Godfather of Trance Germany [807]
Regine Velasquez Asia's Songbird Philippines [808]
Viguen King of Persian Pop Iran [809]
Sultan of Jazz
Rhonda Vincent Queen of Bluegrass United States [810]
Bobby Vinton Polish Prince United States [811]
Grace VanderWaal Amazing Grace United States [812]


American singer Martha Wash is most often identified as the "Queen of Clubland".
Artist Title Country Source
Liza Wang Big Sister Hong Kong [813]
Dionne Warwick Princess of Pop United States [814]
Martha Wash Queen of Clubland United States [815][816]
The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s [815]
The Voice [816]
Dinah Washington Queen of the Blues United States [817][818]
Paul Weller Modfather United Kingdom [819]
Kitty Wells Queen of Country Music United States [820][821]
Wiley Godfather of Grime United Kingdom [822]
Paul Whiteman King of Jazz United States [7][311]
Marijohn Wilkin The Den Mother of Music Row United States [823]
Wesley Willis The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll United States [824]
Jackie Wilson Mister Excitement United States [825]
Tony Wilson Mr Manchester United Kingdom [826][827]
Wendy O. Williams Queen of Shock Rock United States [828]
Sonny Boy Williamson II King of Harmonica United States [829]
Faye Wong Diva of Asia Hong Kong/People's Republic of China [830]
Heavenly Queen [830]
Tammy Wynette First Lady of Country United States [831][832]


Artist Title Country Source
Xuxa Queen of Children Brazil [833]


Canadian musician Neil Young is known as the "Godfather of Grunge".
Thai singer Tata Young is known as "Asia's Queen of Pop" and "Wonder Girl".
Artist Title Country Source
Yuri The Mexican Madonna Mexico [834]
"Weird Al" Yankovic King of Parody United States [835][836]
Neil Young Godfather of Grunge Canada/United States [837]
Tata Young Asia's Queen of Pop Thailand [838]
Wonder Girl [839]


Artist Title Country Source
Ahmad Zahir Afghan Elvis Afghanistan [840][841][842]
Jimmy Zámbó The King Hungary [843][844]
Frank Zappa America's Best Kept Musical Secret United States [845]

Group and collective titles

Artist(s) Title Country Source
Aerosmith America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band United States [846][847]
Christina Aguilera The Pop Princesses United States [848][849][850]
Mandy Moore
Jessica Simpson
Anathema Peaceville Three United Kingdom [851]
My Dying Bride
Paradise Lost
Anthrax Big Four of Thrash United States [852][853][854]
Kreator Big Four of Teutonic Thrash Germany [855]
Def Leppard Big Four of NWoBHM United Kingdom [856]
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Juan Atkins The Belleville Three
Godfathers of Techno
United States [857][858]
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
The Beach Boys America's Band United States [859]
The Beatles The Fab Four United Kingdom [860]
Bee Gees Kings of Disco United Kingdom
Britain's First Family of Harmony
Big Bang Kings of K-Pop South Korea [861]
BLACKPINK Queens of K-Pop South Korea [862]
Biggest Girl Group in the World
BTS The Biggest Boy Band in the World South Korea [863]
Princes of Pop [864]
Kings of K-Pop [865]
K-Pop Giants [866]
Korean Pop Titans [867]
Black Sabbath Unholy Trinity of British Hard Rock and Heavy Metal United Kingdom [868]
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Carabao King of 3cha Thailand [869]
Rolling Stones of Asia [869]
Jacky Cheung Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese Pop Hong Kong [171]
Aaron Kwok
Leon Lai
Andy Lau
Daft Punk Godfathers of French House France [870]
Mariah Carey The Vocal Trinity United States [871]
Celine Dion Canada
Whitney Houston United States
Exo Kings of K-Pop South Korea / China [872]
Nation's Pick [873]
Global Pick [874]
Fall Out Boy The Emo Trinity United States [875]
My Chemical Romance
Panic! at the Disco
Five Stairsteps First Family of Soul United States [876][877]
Girls' Generation Nation's Girl Group South Korea / United States [878]
Guns N' Roses The Most Dangerous Band in the World United States [674]
The Jackson 5 First Family of Soul United States [876]
Mỹ Linh (Đỗ Mỹ Linh) Four Divas of Vietnam Vietnam [879]
Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam)
Hồng Nhung (Lê Hồng Nhung)
Trần Thu Hà
The Miracles The Showstoppers United States [880][881]
The Monkees The American Beatles United States
R.E.M. America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band United States [882]
Red Velvet Nation's Representative Girl Group South Korea [883][884][885]
Best Idol Group Alive
Nation's Girl Group
The Rolling Stones World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band United Kingdom [886]
One Direction Biggest Boyband in the World Ireland and United Kingdom [887]
Shinee Princes of K-Pop South Korea [888]
Spice Girls Fab Five United Kingdom [889]
Aretha Franklin Five Mighty Pop Divas of the Sixties United States [890]
Martha Reeves
Diana Ross
Dusty Springfield United Kingdom
Dionne Warwick United States
TVXQ King of K-Pop South Korea [891]
Nation's Idol [892][893]
Twice Asia's No. 1 Girl Group South Korea / Japan / Taiwan [894]
Nation's Girl Group [895]
U2 The Biggest Band in the World Ireland [896]

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