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 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

A

American singer Aaliyah is known as the "Princess of R&B".
American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong is known as the "King of Jazz".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Azam KhanPop SamratBangladesh[18]
Rock Guru [18]
AaliyahPrincess of R&BUnited States[19]
Queen of Urban Pop [20]
Lee AaronMetal QueenCanada[21]
Paula AbdulDance/Dancing QueenUnited States[22][23][24]
Abrar-ul-HaqKing of Pakistani PopPakistan[25]
Roy AcuffKing of CountryUnited States[26]
Ivi AdamouGreek Princess of PopCyprus/Greece[27]
Adele British Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom[28]
Christina AguilarDancing QueenThailand[29]
Christina AguileraPrincess of PopUnited States[30]
Laurel AitkenGodfather of SkaJamaica[31]
AlishaQueen of IndipopIndia[32]
Paulina ÁlvarezEmpress of the DanzoneteCuba[33][34]
Morissette AmonAsia's PhoenixPhilippines[35][36]
Namie AmuroQueen of Japanese PopJapan[37]
Julie AndrewsBritain's Youngest Prima DonnaUnited Kingdom[38][39]
Aphex TwinKing of IDMUnited Kingdom[40]
Antonio ArcañoThe Monarch of DanzónCuba[41][42][43]
Don ArdenThe English GodfatherUnited Kingdom[44]
Mr. Big [44]
Louis ArmstrongKing of JazzUnited States[45]
AshantiPrincess of Hip Hop and SoulUnited States[46]
Ron AshetonGodfather of Punk GuitarUnited States[47]
Chet AtkinsMr. GuitarUnited States[48]

B

South Korean singer BoA is known as the "Queen of K-Pop".
American musician James Brown was known as the "Godfather of Soul" 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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Erykah BaduFirst Lady of Neo-SoulUnited States[49]
Queen of Neo-Soul [50]
Godmother of Soul [51]
Baekhyun Genius Idol South Korea [52]
Joan BaezQueen of FolkUnited States[53][54]
J BalvinPrince of ReggaetonColombia[55][56]
Šaban BajramovićKing of Romani MusicSerbia[57][58]
BeckKing of SlackersUnited States[59]
Harry BelafonteKing of CalypsoUnited States[60][61]
Mordechai Ben DavidKing of Jewish MusicUnited States[62]
Janine BerdinGem of OPMPhilippines[63]
Chuck BerryKing of Rock and RollUnited States[64]
Father of Rock and Roll[65]
Beyoncé Queen Bey United States[66]
Queen of America [67][68]
The First Lady of Music [69]
Queen of Pop [70][71]
Queen of 21st Century Pop [72]
Queen of R&B [73][74]
Princess of R&B[75]
Justin Bieber Prince of Pop Canada [76][77]
King of Teen Pop [78][79][80]
Mary J. BligeEmpress of SoulUnited States[81]
Queen of Hip Hop [30]
Queen of Hip Hop Soul [81][82]
Queen of R&B [83][84]
Kurtis BlowKing of RapUnited States[85]
BoAQueen of K-PopSouth Korea[86]
Asia's Star [87][88]
DJ BoboKing of DanceSwitzerland[89][90]
BohemiaKing of Desi Hip HopPakistan/United States[91]
Dieter BohlenPop-TitanGermany[92]
John Bonham The Beast United Kingdom [93]
David BowieThe King of Glam RockUnited Kingdom[94]
The Master of Reinvention [95]
The Picasso of Pop [96][97][98]
Joey BoyKing of RapThailand[99]
BrandyPrincess of R&BUnited States[100]
The Vocal Bible [101][102]
Moya BrennanFirst Lady of Celtic MusicIreland[103][104]
BrockhamptonThe All-American BoybandUnited States[105][106]
Garth BrooksKing of CountryUnited States[107]
Arthur BrownThe God of HellfireUnited Kingdom[108]
Chris BrownPrince of R&B United States[109][110]
Chuck BrownGodfather of Go-GoUnited States[111]
Dennis BrownCrown Prince of ReggaeJamaica[112][113]
James BrownGodfather of SoulUnited States[114][115][116]
King of Soul [117]
Soul Brother No. 1. [116]
Minister of Super Heavy Funk [118]
Ruth BrownQueen of R&BUnited States[119][120]
Solomon BurkeKing of Rock 'n' SoulUnited States[121]
King Solomon [122]
Muhammad Ali of Soul [122]
Bishop of Soul [122]
Syd BarrettGodfather of PsychedeliaUnited Kingdom[123]
Kate BushQueen of Art PopUnited Kingdom[124]

C

Renowned for her vocal range, American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is known as the "Songbird Supreme", and "the Queen of Christmas".
American entertainer Cher is referred to as the "Goddess of Pop".
English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Eric Clapton is widely known as "God".
Cuban singer Celia Cruz is referred to as the "Queen of Salsa".
Anna Carina is referred to as the "Queen of Peruvian Pop".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Adriano CelentanoKing of PopItaly[125]
Montserrat CaballéLa Superba (The superb one)Spain[126][127]
Maria CallasLa Divina (the divine one)United States[128][129]
Laura CanalesQueen of TejanoUnited States[130]
Mariah CareyQueen of R&BUnited States[131]
Queen of Pop[132]
Songbird Supreme[133][134]
Queen of Melisma[135][136][137]
Queen of Christmas[138][139][140][141]
Queen of Remixes[142][143][144]
Anna CarinaQueen of Peruvian PopPerú[145][146]
Roberto CarlosThe King of Latin MusicBrazil[147][148]
Carlos do CarmoKing of FadoPortugal[149]
Carter FamilyThe First Family of Country MusicUnited States[150]
CecaThe QueenSerbia[151]
Ray CharlesThe GeniusUnited States[152][153]
The High Priest of Soul [154]
Mai CharoenpuraQueen of Pop-RockThailand[155]
Clifton ChenierKing of ZydecoUnited States[156]
CherGoddess of PopUnited 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 CheungGod of SongHong Kong[171]
Leslie CheungGor Gor (Big/Elder Brother)Hong Kong[172]
Jay ChouKing of Chinese PopTaiwan[173]
CiaraPrincess of Crunk & BUnited States[174]
Eric ClaptonGodUnited Kingdom[175]
Kelly ClarksonThe Original American IdolUnited States[176][177][178]
Pop Princess [179][180][181]
Queen of Covers [182][183][184][185]
Clarence ClemonsThe Big ManUnited States[186]
George ClintonFather of P-FunkUnited States[187]
Prime Minister of Funk [188]
Kurt CobainKing of AntipopUnited States[189]
King of Alternative Rock [190][191]
Keyshia ColePrincess of Hip Hop SoulUnited States[192]
Jacob Collier Jazz's New Messiah United Kingdom [193]
Yeng ConstantinoOPM Pop Rock PrincessPhilippines[194]
Sam CookeKing of SoulUnited States[195][196][197]
Alice CooperGodfather of Shock RockUnited States[198][199][200][201]
Pilita Corrales Asia's Queen of Songs Philippines [202]
Celia CruzQueen of SalsaCuba[203]
Dick CurlessBaron of Country MusicUnited States[204]
Miley CyrusTeen QueenUnited States[205][206][207]

D

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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Daddy YankeeKing of ReggaetónUnited States[208][209]
DamaresQueen of Brazilian GospelBrazil[210][211][212][213]
Ray DaviesGodfather of BritpopUnited Kingdom[214]
King of Item Numbers [215]
Vinjamuri Anasuya DeviQueen of FolkIndia[216]
Dua LipaThe Dark Pop PrincessUnited Kingdom[217][218]
Dr. DreFather of G-FunkUnited States[219]
Amr DiabFather of Mediterranean MusicEgypt[220][221]
Dick DaleKing of the Surf GuitarUnited States[222]
Desmond DekkerKing of SkaJamaica[223]
Lana Del ReyQueen of SoundtracksUnited States[224][225][226][227][228]
J DillaGodfather of Lo-Fi Hip-HopUnited States[229]
Celine DionQueen of Adult ContemporaryCanada[230][231]
Queen of Power Ballads [232][233]
Ultimate Diva [234]
Queen of Las Vegas [235][236]
Queen of Modern Residencies [236]
Fats DominoKing of Rock and RollUnited States[237]
Lonnie DoneganKing of SkiffleUnited Kingdom[238]
Rockin' DopsieCrown Prince of ZydecoUnited States[239]
DoroMetal QueenGermany[240][241]
Thomas A. DorseyFather of Gospel MusicUnited States[242]
Tommy DorseySentimental Gentleman of SwingUnited States[243][244]
Gord DownieCanada's Unofficial Poet LaureateCanada[245][246]
Duncan MightyPort Harcourt First SonNigeria[247]
Rocío DúrcalQueen of RancheraSpain[248]
Slim DustyAustralia's King of CountryAustralia[249]
Bob DylanKing of FolkUnited States[250][251]
The Crown Prince of Folk [252][253]
God of Folk [254]
King of Folk-Rock [254]
The Voice of a Generation [255]
Don Omar Reggaeton's King of Kings Puerto Rico [256]

E

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"
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Sheila E.Queen of PercussionUnited States[257][258]
Eazy-EGodfather of Gangsta RapUnited States[259]
Nokie EdwardsKing of GuitarsUnited States[260]
Andrew EldritchGodfather of GothUnited Kingdom[261]
ElissaQueen of EmotionsLebanon[262][263]
Missy ElliottBeat SlayerUnited States[264]
First Lady of Hip-Hop [265][266]
Hip-Hop Goddess [267][268]
Hip-Hop Heavyweight [269][270][271][272][273]
Puff Mommy [274][275][276]
Queen of the Beats [277][278][279]
Queen of Hip Hop [280]
Queen of Hip Hop Dance Music [264]
Queen of Female Rappers [281][282][283]
Queen of Rap [284][285][286]
EminemKing of Hip-HopUnited States[287]
King of Rap [288]
Rap God [289]
EnyaQueen of New AgeIreland[290][291]
Darren EspantoThe Rising Total PerformerCanada/Philippines[292]
Lali EspósitoQueen of Argentine PopArgentina[293]
Gloria EstefanQueen of Latin PopCuba/United States[294]
Eva Eugenio Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [295]
Cesária ÉvoraBarefoot DivaCape Verde[296]
Queen of Morna [297]
Elvy SukaesihDangdut Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia[298]
Ester Dean The Song Machine United States [299]

F

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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Pops FernandezConcert QueenPhilippines[300]
Vicente FernandezKing of RancheraMexico[301]
Bryan FerryThe King of CoolUnited Kingdom[302]
Ella FitzgeraldFirst Lady of SongUnited States[303][304]
Queen of Jazz[305]
Red FoleyMr. Country MusicUnited States[306]
Lita FordQueen of Heavy MetalUnited States[307]
Zucchero FornaciariFather of Italian BluesItaly[308]
Stephen FosterFather of American MusicUnited States[309]
Eleni FoureiraQueen of PopGreece[310][311]
Aretha FranklinQueen of SoulUnited States[312][313][314]
Alan FreedKing of Rock and RollUnited States[315]
Claire de la Fuente Philippines' Jukebox Queen Philippines [295]

G

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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
G-DragonKing of K-PopSouth Korea[316][317][318][319]
Juan GabrielKing of Latin PopMexico[320]
Lady GagaMother MonsterUnited States[321]
Queen of Pop[322]
Princess of Pop[323][324]
Lyca GairanodLittle SuperstarPhilippines[325]
Carlos GardelKing of TangoArgentina[326][327]
Judy GarlandThe World’s Greatest EntertainerThe United States[328]
Lucho GaticaKing of BoleroChile[329]
Marvin GayePrince of MotownUnited States[330]
Prince of Soul [331]
Gloria GaynorQueen of DiscoUnited States[332]
Muma GeeQueen of African MusicNigeria[333]
Sarah GeronimoPopstar PrincessPhilippines[334]
Popstar Royalty [335]
Queen of Philippine Pop [336]
Mikhail GlinkaSource and Fountainhead of Russian MusicRussia[337]
Rachelle Ann GoFierce Broadway SongstressPhilippines[338]
Marika GombitováQueen of Slovak Pop MusicSlovakia[339][340][341]
Songstress of the 20th Century[342][343]
Selena GomezDance-Pop PrincessUnited States[344]
Pop Princess[345]
Queen of Breakup Songs[346]
Toni GonzagaUltimate Multimedia StarPhilippines[347]
Benny GoodmanKing of SwingUnited States[348]
Vestal GoodmanQueen of Gospel MusicUnited States[349]
Narayan Gopal Emperor of Voice Nepal [350]
Karel GottGolden Voice of PragueCzechia[351][352]
Ellie GouldingQueen of Movie SoundtracksUnited Kingdom[353][354][355]
Pop Princess [356][357]
British Pop Princess [358][359]
Ariana GrandePrincess of PopUnited States[360][361]
Queen Of Halloween[362]
Pop Diva Supreme[363]
Amy GrantQueen of Christian PopUnited States[364][365]
GretchenQueen of MemesBrazil[366]
GruSerbian Rap MachineSerbia[367][368][369]

H

Pakistani singer-songwriter Nazia Hassan was known as "the Queen of South Asian Pop Music".
American singer Jennifer Hudson has been referred to as the "Princess of Soul".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Nina HagenThe Mother of PunkGermany[370]
Eddie Van HalenThe Mozart of Rock GuitarNetherlands[371]
Bill HaleyKing of Rock and RollUnited States[315]
Rob HalfordThe Metal GodUnited Kingdom[372]
Ayumi HamasakiEmpress of PopJapan[373]
Mehdi HassanEmperor of GhazalPakistan[374][375]
Nazia HassanQueen Of South Asian PopPakistan[376]
Hana HegerováQueen of Czechoslovak ChansonCzechia, Slovakia[377][378][379]
Kiyoshi HikawaPrince of the Enka WorldJapan[380]
Kohmi HiroseQueen of WinterJapan[381]
Momo Hirai The Dancing Machine Japan [382]
Billie Holiday Lady DayUnited States[383]
John Lee HookerKing of the BluesUnited States[384]
Whitney HoustonPop PrincessUnited States[385]
Queen of Pop[386][387]
Prom Queen of Soul[388]
Jennifer HudsonThe Princess of SoulUnited States[389]
America's Dreamgirl[390]
Samuel HuiGod of SongsHong Kong[391]
Al HurricaneGodfather of New Mexico MusicUnited States[392][393]

I

ArtistTitleCountrySource
Enrique IglesiasKing of Latin PopSpain[394]
La IndiaThe Princess of SalsaPuerto Rico[395]
Rhoma IramaKing of DangdutIndonesia[396]
Gregory IsaacsCool RulerJamaica[397]
Inul Daratista"Mother" Queen of IndonesiaIndonesia[398]

J

American singer Mahalia Jackson is known as the "Queen of Gospel".
American singer and entertainer Michael Jackson is known as the "King of Pop".
Pakistani singer Noor Jehan was known as the "Queen of Melody".
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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Jaclyn Victor Asia's Divette Malaysia
Jacki-OQueen of the SouthUnited States[399]
Janet Jackson Princess of PopUnited States [400]
Queen of Pop [401]
Queen of R&B [402]
Queen of Radio [403]
Mahalia JacksonQueen of GospelUnited States[404]
Michael JacksonKing of Pop United States[405][406][407]
The Gloved One
Millie JacksonGodmother of RapUnited States[408]
Wanda JacksonQueen of Rockabilly; First Lady of RockabillyUnited States[409]
Elmore JamesKing of the Slide GuitarUnited States[410]
Rick JamesKing of Punk FunkUnited States[411]
Al JarreauAcrobat of ScatUnited States[412]
Jay RPhilippines' King of RnBPhilippines[413]
Jay-ZKing of RapUnited States[414]
King of New York[415]
JayaPinoy Queen of SoulPhilippines[416]
Philippine Queen of Soul [417]
Noor JehanQueen of MelodyPakistan[418]
Dick JensenThe GiantUnited States[419]
Carly Rae JepsenQueen of PopCanada[420][421]
Cui JianGrandfather of Chinese RockChina[422]
Blind Lemon JeffersonFather of the Texas BluesUnited States[410]
Joan JettGodmother of PunkUnited States[423]
Joey BoyGodfather of Thai Hip HopThailand[424]
Robert JohnsonGrandfather of Rock and RollUnited States[425]
Al JolsonThe World's Greatest EntertainerUnited States[426]
Sharon JonesGodmother of SoulUnited States[427][428]
Janis JoplinQueen of Rock and RollUnited States[429][430]
Scott JoplinKing of RagtimeUnited States[431]
Louis JordanKing of the JukeboxUnited States[432]
José JoséThe Prince of SongMexico[433]
Juliana KanyomoziUganda's Music QueenUganda[434][435]
Pop Princess [436]
Jully BlackQueen of Canadian R&BCanada[437]
Jintara PoonlarpPhin's melody girl (Sao Sieng Phin)Thailand[438]

K

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".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Jelena KarleušaDivaSerbia[439]
R. KellyKing of R&BUnited States[440]
King of Pop-Soul [441]
Alicia KeysQueen of R&BUnited States[447]
KhaledKing of RaïAlgeria[448]
B.B. KingKing of the Blues
Mayor of Bluesville
United States[449][450][451]
Chaka KhanQueen of FunkUnited States[452]
Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanEmperor of QawwaliPakistan[453]
Khánh LyBarefoot QueenVietnam[454]
KhiaQueen of the SouthUnited States[455]
DJ Kool Herc Father of Hip-Hop United States [456]
Maurice KiryaKing of MwooyoUganda[457][458]
Hayley KiyokoLesbian JesusUnited States[459]
Beverley KnightQueen of UK SoulUnited Kingdom[460]
Gladys KnightEmpress of SoulUnited States[461][462][463]
Frankie KnucklesGodfather of HouseUnited States[464]
Joseph KooGodfather of CantopopHong Kong[465]
Koda KumiQueen of J-PopJapan[466]
Queen of Live [467]
Fela KutiBlack PresidentNigeria[468]
Kyary Pamyu PamyuPrincess of J-PopJapan[469]
Harajuku Pop Princess [470]
KylaQueen of R&BPhilippines[471]
KZ TandinganAsia's Soul SupremePhilippines[472]

L

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.
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Patti LaBelleGodmother of SoulUnited States[473]
High Priestess of Good Vibrations [474]
Kendrick LamarKing of the West CoastUnited States[475]
Adam LambertThe New King of QueenUnited States[476][477]
Nikki LaneFirst Lady of Outlaw CountryUnited States[478]
James LastLast King of Easy ListeningGermany[479]
Queen LatifahHip-Hop's First LadyUnited States
Avril LavignePop-Punk QueenCanada[480][481][482][483][484]
Pop Rock Princess [485]
Punk Rock Princess [486][487][488]
Héctor LavoeEl Cantante de los CantantesPuerto Rico
Kuh LedesmaPop DivaPhilippines[489]
The Renaissance Woman[490]
Jerry Lee LewisThe KillerUnited States[491]
LiberaceMr. ShowmanshipUnited States[492]
Lil BThe Based GodUnited States[493]
Lil BriannaPrincess of the SouthUnited States[494]
Lil JonKing of CrunkUnited States[495]
Lil' KimQueen BeeUnited States[496][497]
Queen of Hip-Hop [498]
Queen of Rap [499][500][501][502][503]
Hip-Hop Goddess [504][505][506]
Queen of Daring Style [507]
The Original Queen Bee [508][509][510][511][512]
Lil' MoGodmother of Hip-Hop and R&BUnited States[513][514]
LisaLiyoncéThailand[515][516]
K-Pop Queen[517]
Dance Machine[518]
Thai Goddess[518]
Lisa LisaQueen of Latin Hip HopUnited States[519]
Little RichardArchitect of Rock and RollUnited States[520]
King of Rock and Roll [521]
Johnny LoganMr. EurovisionIreland[522][523][524]
Kenny LogginsKing of the Movie SoundtrackUnited States[525][526]
Dave LombardoThe Godfather of Double BassUnited States[527]
Jennifer LopezQueen of Las VegasUnited States[528]
LordeNew Queen of AlternativeNew Zealand[529]
Demi LovatoTween PrincessUnited States[530]
Pop Princess[531]
Toby LoveKing of CrunkchataUnited States[532]
Luis MiguelThe Sun of MexicoMexico[533]
Loretta LynnFirst Lady of CountryUnited States[534]
Queen of Country [535][536]
Vera LynnForces' SweetheartUnited Kingdom[537][538]

M

American singer-songwriter Madonna is known as the "Queen of Pop".
Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar is widely acknowledged as the "Queen of Melody" & "Voice of the Millennium".
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".
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'"
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Madonna Queen of Pop United States [539][540][541]
Queen of Reinvention [542][543][544]
Queen of Controversy [545][546][547]
Francis MagalonaKing of Philippine RapPhilippines[548]
Miriam MakebaMama AfricaSouth Africa[549]
Bamboo MañalacRock MaestroUnited States[550]
Lata MangeshkarQueen of MelodyIndia[551]
Voice of the Millennium [552]
Voice of the Nation [552]
Nightingale of India [552]
Teena MarieIvory Queen of SoulUnited States[553]
Lady T[553]
Bob MarleyKing of ReggaeJamaica[554][555]
Biz MarkieClown Prince of Hip-HopUnited States[556]
Michel Martelly President of Kompa Haiti [557]
Ricky MartinKing of Latin PopPuerto Rico[558][559][560][561][562][563][564]
Latin King of Pop [565]
Latin Music King [566][567][568]
Latin Pop God [569][570][571]
Puerto Rican Pop King [572]
Crossover Latin King [573][574]
King of World Cup [575]
Melanie MartinezEmo-Pop QueenUnited States[576]
Fernando MaurícioKing of Fado and MourariaPortugal[577]
Kym MazelleFirst Lady of HouseUnited States[578][579][580]
Martina McBride Celine Dion of Country United States [581]
Reba McEntireQueen of CountryUnited States[535][582]
Thongchai McIntyreKing of String (Thai Pop)Thailand[583]
King of String[583]
Daler MehndiIndian King of PopIndia
The Turbaned Tornado
Javiera Mena Chilean Queen of Electropop Chile [584][585]
Lydia MendozaQueen of TejanoUnited States[586]
Idina MenzelBroadway QueenUnited States[587]
Daniela MercuryQueen of AxéBrazil[588]
Jennylyn MercadoThe Ultimate StarPhilippines
Freddie MercuryThe King of QueenUnited Kingdom[589]
Mr. Fahrenheit [590][591]
MF Doom The Supervillain of Hip-Hop United Kingdom/United States [592][593]
Emeline Michel Queen of Haitian Music Haiti [594]
Nicki Minaj Queen of Rap Trinidad and Tobago / United States [595]
Queen of Hip-Hop [596]
Liza MinnelliQueen of BroadwayUnited States[597][598]
Queen of Hollywood [599]
Kylie MinogueGoddess of PopAustralia [600][601][602][603]
Princess of Pop [604][605][606]
Queen of Pop [603][607][608]
Lani MisaluchaAsia's NightingalePhilippines[609]
MisiaQueen of BalladsJapan[610]
Queen of Japanese Soul [611]
Hibari MisoraQueen of Japanese PopJapan[612][613]
MonicaR&B PrincessUnited States[100]
Bill MonroeFather of BluegrassUnited States[614]
Rudy Ray MooreGodfather of RapUnited States[615]
Giorgio MoroderFather of DiscoItaly[616]
MorrisseyPope of MopeUnited Kingdom[617]
Jim MorrisonThe Lizard KingUnited States [618]
Mr. Mojo Risin' [619]
Anita MuiQueen of Canto PopHong Kong[620][621]
Murda BeatzCanadian King of Trap MusicCanada[622]
Zeki MürenSun of ArtTurkey[623]
Peter MurphyGodfather of GothUnited Kingdom[624]
Kacey Musgraves Yeehaw Queen United States [625]
Mỹ Linh Vietnam's Queen of R&B Vietnam [626]
Queen of Spring
Mỹ TâmThe Queen of V-Pop Vietnam[627]
MýaDancing QueenUnited States[628]
Ghetto Princess [629]
Queen of Throwback R&B/Hip-Hop [630]

N

ArtistTitleCountrySource
Emilio NavairaKing of TejanoUnited States[631]
Thanh NgaThe Queen of Cải lương (Vietnamese Renovated Opera)South Vietnam[632]
Stevie NicksQueen of Rock and RollUnited States[633][634]
Bert NieveraJohnny Mathis of the PhilippinesPhilippines[635]
Timeless Balladeer
Martin NieveraConcert KingPhilippines[636]
NinaAsia's Diamond Soul SirenPhilippines[637]
Marni NixonThe Ghostess with the MostessUnited States[638]
No I.D.The Godfather of Chicago Hip HopUnited States[639][640]
Larry NormanFather of Christian RockUnited States[641]
Ted NugentMotor City MadmanUnited States[642]

O

English singer Ozzy Osbourne has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
OdettaQueen of American Folk MusicUnited States[643]
Onyeka OnwenuQueen of African Pop MusicNigeria[644]
Elegant Stallion [645]
Roy OrbisonThe Caruso of RockUnited States[646]
OrelsanThe Boss of French RapFrance[647]
OzunaNew King of ReggaetonPuerto Rico[648][649]
Ozzy OsbourneGodfather of Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom[650]
Prince of Darkness[650]
Johnny OtisGodfather of Rhythm and BluesUnited States[651]

P

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".
ArtistTitleCountry
Zsa Zsa PadillaDivine DivaPhilippines[652]
Nexhmije PagarushaQueen of Albanian MusicAlbania/Kosovo[653][654]
Imelda PapinSentimental SongstressPhilippines[295][655]
Philippines' Jukebox Queen
Sandara ParkBoA of the PhilippinesPhilippines[656]
Pambansang Krung Krung ng Pilipinas [656]
Dolly PartonQueen of CountryUnited States[535]
Abida ParveenQueen of Sufi MusicPakistan[657]
Charley PattonFather of the Delta BluesUnited States[658]
Les PaulArchitect of Rock and RollUnited States[11]
Luciano PavarottiKing of the High C'sItaly[659]
CeCe PenistonQueen of DanceUnited States[660][661]
PeretKing of Catalan RumbaSpain[662][663]
Carl PerkinsKing of RockabillyUnited States[664]
Maite PerroniTeen Queen of TelenovelasMexico[665]
Katy PerryPop PrincessUnited States[666]
Bernadette PetersQueen of BroadwayUnited States[667][668]
Iggy PopGodfather of PunkUnited States[669][670]
Poppy Queen of Metal United States [671][672]
Pérez PradoKing of MamboCuba[673]
Elvis PresleyKing of Rock and RollUnited States[674][675][676]
Lisa Marie PresleyPrincess of Rock and RollUnited States[677]
Rod Price Magician of Slide United Kingdom [678]
PrinceThe ArtistUnited States[679]
The Purple One [680]
His Royal Badness [681]
Psy King of YouTubeSouth Korea [682][683][684]
Pumpuang Duangjan Queen of Luk ThungThailand [685]

Q

ArtistTitleCountrySource
Ustad QasimFather of Afghan MusicAfghanistan[686][687]
Founder of Afghan Classical Music[687]
Ivy QueenQueen of ReggaetónUnited States[688][689]
Queen of Rap[690]
Queen of Latin Hip-Hop[691]
Queen of Urban Music[692]
Reggaetón's First Lady[693]
Milly Quezada Queen of Merengue Dominican Republic [694]
Milly Quezada, a Dominican singer is known as the "Queen of Merengue"

R

Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, known as "Magician of Voice", was the first regular pop singer of South Asia.
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Ma RainyMother of the BluesUnited States[695]
Joey RamoneGodfather of PunkUnited States[696]
Johnnie RayPrince of WailsUnited States[697]
Otis ReddingKing of SoulUnited States[698]
Lou ReedGodfather of PunkUnited States[699]
Esma RedžepovaQueen of Gypsy MusicMacedonia[700]
Sheryn RegisCrystal Voice of AsiaPhilippines[701]
Alden RichardsAsia's Multimedia StarPhilippines
Pambansang Bae
RoséThe Golden VoiceSouth Korea/Australia

[702]

RihannaCaribbean QueenBarbados[703][704]
Pop Princess [705]
R&B Princess [706][707][708]
Teddy RileyKing of New Jack SwingUnited States[709]
Jamie RiveraInspirational DivaPhilippines[710]
Jenni RiveraThe Diva of BandaMexico/United States[711]
The First Lady of Corrido
Ross RobinsonGodfather of Nu MetalUnited States[712]
Smokey RobinsonKing of MotownUnited States[713]
Jimmie RodgersFather of Country MusicUnited States[714]
Paul RodgersThe VoiceUnited Kingdom[715]
Amália RodriguesQueen of FadoPortugal[716]
RozallaQueen of RaveZambia[717]
Todd RundgrenGodUnited States[718][719][720]
RuPaul GlamazonUnited States[721]
Supermodel of the World [722]
The World's Most Famous Drag Queen [723]
A. R. RahmanMozart of MadrasIndia[724]
Kenny Rogers The Gambler United States
Ahmed RushdiMagician of VoicePakistan[725]

S

Filipina singer Lea Salonga is known internationally and in the Philippines as the "Broadway Diva".
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 "America's Sweetheart".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Janella SalvadorOPM Pop SweetheartPhilippines[726]
Lea Salonga Broadway Diva Philippines [727]
Sayan Sanya King Of Look-Thung Thailand [728]
Šaban Šaulić The King of Folk Serbia [729][730]
Julie Anne San JoseAsia's Pop SweetheartPhilippines[731]
SandyBrazil's Princess of PopBrazil[732][733]
Erik SantosPhilippines' Prince of PopPhilippines[734]
Romeo SantosKing of BachataUnited States[735]
Sarunrat VisutthithadaPrincess of R&BThailand[736]
Lady SawQueen of DancehallJamaica[737][738]
Chuck SchuldinerGodfather of Death MetalUnited States[739]
Shirley ScottQueen of the OrganUnited States[740]
Gil Scott-HeronGodfather of RapUnited States[615]
SelenaQueen of Tejano MusicUnited States[741]
Queen of Tex-Mex Music [742]
Seo TaijiPresident of CultureSouth Korea[743]
Shakira Queen of the Crossover Colombia [744]
Queen of Latin Music[745][746]
Queen of Latin Pop [747]
Empress Pop [748]
Queen of the World Cup [749]
The Titan of Latin Pop [750]
Latin America's Pop Queen [751]
Deke SharonFather of Contemporary A CappellaUnited States[752][753]
Shin Jung-hyeonGodfather of RockSouth Korea[754]
Frank SinatraThe Chairman of the BoardUnited States[755]
Nina SimoneQueen of Soul[756]
High Priestess of Soul [757]
Siti NurhalizaAsia's Celine DionMalaysia[758]
Shila AmzahAsia's SweetheartMalaysia[759][760]
National Treasure of Malaysia [761]
Princess of Music [762]
Bessie SmithEmpress of the BluesUnited States[757]
Patti SmithGodmother of PunkUnited States[763]
Sy SmithThe Underground Queen of R&B and SoulUnited States[764][765][766]
Sơn Tùng M-TPPrince of V-PopVietnam[767]
Mighty SparrowCalypso King of the WorldTrinidad and Tobago[768]
Britney SpearsPrincess of PopUnited States[30][769]
Queen of Pop [770][771]
Phil SpectorFirst Tycoon of TeenUnited States[772]
SpiceQueen of StageJamaica[773]
Queen of Dancehall [774]
Dusty SpringfieldWhite Queen of SoulUnited Kingdom[775][776]
Bruce SpringsteenThe BossUnited States[777]
Candi StatonFirst Lady of Southern SoulUnited States[778]
Gwen StefaniPop PrincessUnited States[779][780][781]
Stevie BKing of FreestyleUnited States[782]
Stephen StillsCaptain Many HandsUnited States[783]
Angie StoneBlack Diamond of SoulUnited States[784]
George StraitKing of CountryUnited States[785]
Barbra StreisandMother of DivasUnited States[786][787][788]
Diva of Divas [789][790][791][792]
Suraphol SombatcharoenKing of Luk ThungThailand[793]
Yma SumacQueen of ExoticaPeru[794]
Donna SummerQueen of DiscoUnited States[30]
Joan Sutherland La Stupenda (The stupendous one) Australia [795][796][797]
The voice of the century
Taylor Swift America's Sweetheart United States [798][799]
Princess of Country [800][801][802]
Queen of Pop [803][804]
Pop Titan [805][806]
Queen of Easter Eggs [807][808][809][810]
Miss Americana [811]
SylvesterQueen of DiscoUnited States[812]

T

Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng is regarded as "Asia's eternal queen of pop" and "Asia's singing queen".
Mexican singer Thalía is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop".
English musician Pete Townshend has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
T.I.King of the SouthUnited States[813][814]
LuceroAmerica's Girlfriend Mexico[815][816]
Vikki CarrThe Diva Of BoleroUSA/Mexico[817]
Alan TamPrincipal (Tam) Hong Kong[818]
Koko TaylorQueen of the BluesUnited States[819]
Teresa TengAsia's eternal queen of pop Taiwan[820]
ThalíaQueen of Latin popMexico [821]
Queen of Telenovelas[822]
Empress of Beauty[823]
Sister Rosetta TharpeGodmother of Rock and RollUnited States[824]
Irma ThomasSoul Queen of New OrleansUnited States[825]
TimayaEgberi Papa 1 of BayelsaNigeria[826]
Justin TimberlakePrince of PopUnited States[827][828]
President of Pop[828]
Dick ToddKing of the JukeboxCanada[829]
Mel TormeThe Velvet FogUnited States[830]
Tove LoDark-Pop QueenSweden[831]
Touch Na TakuathungFleet-FootedThailand[832]
Pete TownshendGodfather of PunkUnited Kingdom[833]
Gloria TreviSupreme Diva of Mexican PopMexico[834][835]
TrinaDiamond PrincessUnited States[836]
Queen of The South[837]
Jolin TsaiQueen of Chinese PopTaiwan [838]
Queen of Mandarin Pop [839]
Asia's Dancing Queen [840]
The Asian Madonna [841]
Sophie TuckerLast of the Red Hot MamasUnited States[842]
Tina TurnerQueen of Rock & RollUnited States[30][843][844]
Shania TwainCountry Pop QueenCanada[845][846]
Queen of Country Pop [847]

U

Japanese singer Utada Hikaru has been identified as "The Diva of the Heisei period".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Hikaru UtadaDiva of the Heisei PeriodJapan[848]
UsherKing of R&BUnited States[849][850]
Mr. Entertainment [851][852]
Carrie UnderwoodCountry Music's Reigning QueenUnited States[853][854]

V

Filipina singer Regine Velasquez is known as "Asia's Songbird".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Gary ValencianoMr. Pure EnergyPhilippines[855]
Ritchie ValensKing of Chicano RockUnited States[856]
Francisca ValenzuelaChilean Pop-Rock QueenChile[857]
Paul van DykGodfather of TranceGermany[858]
Katrina VelardeAsia's Vocal SupremePhilippines[859]
Regine VelasquezAsia's SongbirdPhilippines[860]
ViguenKing of Persian PopIran[861]
Sultan of Jazz
Rhonda VincentQueen of BluegrassUnited States[862]
Bobby VintonPolish PrinceUnited States[863]
Grace VanderWaalAmazing GraceUnited States[864]
The Queen of Cursive[865]

W

American singer Martha Wash is most often identified as the "Queen of Clubland".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
Liza WangBig SisterHong Kong[866]
Dionne WarwickPrincess of PopUnited States[867]
Martha WashQueen of ClublandUnited States[868][869]
The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s [868]
The Voice [869]
Dinah WashingtonQueen of the BluesUnited States[870][871]
The WeekndKing of the FallCanada[872]
Paul WellerModfatherUnited Kingdom[873]
Kitty WellsQueen of Country MusicUnited States[874][875]
WileyGodfather of GrimeUnited Kingdom[876]
Paul WhitemanKing of JazzUnited States[7][315]
Marijohn WilkinThe Den Mother of Music RowUnited States[877]
Wesley WillisThe Daddy of Rock 'n' RollUnited States[878]
Jackie WilsonMister ExcitementUnited States[879]
Tony WilsonMr ManchesterUnited Kingdom[880][881]
Wendy O. WilliamsQueen of Shock RockUnited States[882]
Sonny Boy Williamson IIKing of HarmonicaUnited States[883]
Faye WongDiva of AsiaHong Kong/People's Republic of China[884]
Heavenly Queen [884]
Tammy WynetteFirst Lady of CountryUnited States[885][886]

X

ArtistTitleCountrySource
Xuân Mai Little Stork Vietnam [887]
XuxaQueen of ChildrenBrazil[888]

Y

Canadian musician Neil Young is known as the "Godfather of Grunge".
Thai singer Tata Young is known as "Asia's Queen of Pop".
ArtistTitleCountrySource
YellowmanKing of DancehallJamaica[889]
"Weird Al" YankovicKing of ParodyUnited States[890][891]
Neil YoungGodfather of GrungeCanada/United States[892]
Tata YoungAsia's Queen of PopThailand[893]

Z

ArtistTitleCountrySource
Jimmy ZámbóThe KingHungary[894][895]

Group and collective titles

Artist(s)TitleCountrySource
AerosmithAmerica's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited States[896][897]
Christina AguileraThe Pop Princesses[898][899][900]
Britney Spears
Jessica Simpson
AnathemaPeaceville ThreeUnited Kingdom[901]
My Dying Bride
Paradise Lost
AnthraxBig Four of ThrashUnited States[902][903][904]
Megadeth
Metallica
Slayer
Buddy Holly The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost [905]
Richie Valens
The Big Bopper
Kreator Big Four of Teutonic Thrash Germany [906]
Sodom
Destruction
Tankard
Def Leppard Big Four of NWoBHM United Kingdom [907]
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Motörhead
Chthonic The Black Sabbath of Asia Taiwan [908]
Juan AtkinsThe Belleville Three
Godfathers of Techno
United States[909][910]
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
2NE1Queens of K-PopSouth Korea[911][912]
The Beach BoysAmerica's BandUnited States[913]
The BeatlesThe Fab FourUnited Kingdom[914]
Big BangKings of K-PopSouth Korea[915]
BlackpinkQueens of K-PopSouth Korea / Thailand[916][917]
Biggest Girl Group in the World
Asia's Biggest Girl Group
The Leading Ladies Of K-Pop[918]
K-Pop Titans[919]
The Biggest Pop Band In The World[920]
BTSThe Biggest Boy Band in the WorldSouth Korea[921][922][923]
Princes of Pop[924]
Kings of K-Pop[925][926][927]
Korean Pop Titans[928]
The Biggest Band in the World [929]
Coldplay United Kingdom [930]
U2 Ireland [931]
Black SabbathUnholy Trinity of British Hard Rock and Heavy MetalUnited Kingdom[932]
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
CarabaoKing of 3chaThailand[933]
Rolling Stones of Asia[933]
Jacky CheungFour Heavenly Kings of Chinese PopHong Kong[171]
Aaron Kwok
Leon Lai
Andy Lau
Daft PunkGodfathers of French HouseFrance[934]
EraserheadsThe Beatles of the PhilippinesPhilippines[935]
MadonnaHoly Trinity of PopUnited States[936]
Michael Jackson
Prince
Mariah CareyThe Vocal Trinity[937]
Celine DionCanada
Whitney HoustonUnited States
ExoKings of K-PopSouth Korea / China[938]
The Biggest Boy Band in the World[939]
Nation's Pick[940]
Global Pick[941]
Fall Out Boy The Emo Trinity United States [942]
My Chemical Romance
Panic! at the Disco
Five StairstepsFirst Family of Soul[943][944]
Girls' GenerationNation's Girl GroupSouth Korea / United States[945]
Guns N' RosesThe Most Dangerous Band in the WorldUnited States[715]
The Jackson 5First Family of Soul[943]
Mỹ Linh (Đỗ Mỹ Linh)Four Divas of VietnamVietnam[946]
Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam)
Hồng Nhung (Lê Hồng Nhung)
Trần Thu Hà
The MiraclesThe ShowstoppersUnited States[947][948]
R.E.M.America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band[949]
Red Velvet Nation's Representative Girl Group South Korea [950][951][952]
Best Idol Group Alive
Nation's Girl Group
The Rolling StonesWorld's Greatest Rock and Roll BandUnited Kingdom[953]
One DirectionBiggest Boyband in the WorldIreland and United Kingdom[954]
Super JuniorKing Of Hallyu WaveSouth Korea / China[955][956][957][958]
ShineePrinces of K-PopSouth Korea [959]
Spice GirlsFab FiveUnited Kingdom[960]
Aretha FranklinFive Mighty Pop Divas of the SixtiesUnited States[961]
Martha Reeves
Diana Ross
Dusty SpringfieldUnited Kingdom
Dionne WarwickUnited States
TVXQKing of K-PopSouth Korea[962]
Nation's Idol[963][964]
TwiceAsia's No. 1 Girl GroupSouth Korea / Japan / Taiwan[965]
Nation's Little Girl Group[966]

See also

  • Jazz royalty
  • Sobriquet
  • Teen idol

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