Chaka Khan's Top Ten Highlights

Khan celebrated her 63rd birthday on March 23, 2016

Born March 23, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, ten-time Grammy award winner Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens) began her career as the studio vocalist for the band Rufus. When lead singer Paulette McWilliams left for a solo career, she recommended Khan as her replacement. Khan followed her as lead vocalist on the group's self-titled debut album in 1973, and enjoyed great success with Rufus before launching her solo career in 1978. She has sold over 70 million records worldwide, and her classics include "Sweet Thing," "I'm Every Woman (later re-recorded by Whitney Houston)," "I Feel For You," "Ain't Nobody," and "Higher Love" with Steve Winwood which won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1987. She is one of the most imitated and influential singers in music history.

Her many honors include the Trumpet, World Music, and BET Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Soul Train Legend Award and Lena Horne Award for career achievement, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. and the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame.

Here are "Ten Reasons Why Chaka Khan is An Icon."

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June 10, 2013 - Apollo Theater Walk of Fame

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Chaka Khan at The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan at The Apollo Theater on June 10, 2013 in New York City. Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

On June 10, 2013, Chaka Khan was inducted into the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame at the theater's annual spring gala in New York City. She received the award from Erykah Badu. Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, and Deborah Cox performed tributes to Khan, including her 1978 classic, “I’m Every Woman.”
 

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January 26, 2013 - Trumpet Legend Award

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Chaka Khan. Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET

On January 26, 2013, Chaka Khan received the Trumpet Legend Award at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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January 12, 2013 - BET Honors

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Chaka Khan at the BET Honors 2013 held at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Johnny Nunez/WireImage

On January 12, 2013, Chaka Khan was a recipient of the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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June 16, 2011 - Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Chaka Khan performs at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 42nd Annual Induction and Awards held at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 16, 2011 in New York City. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame

On June 16, 2011, Chaka Khan received the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony held at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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May 19, 2011 - Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder at the ceremony honoring Khan with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. David Livingston/WireImage

On May 19, 2011, Chaka Khan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was joined by her good friend, Stevie Wonder, who composed her first hit released in 1974 with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good."

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November 3, 2009 - Soul Train Legend Award

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Chaka Khan accepts the Legend award at the 2009 Soul Train Awards held at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

On November 3, 2009, Chaka Khan received the Legend Award at the the Soul Train Awards held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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June 27, 2006 - BET Lifetime Achievement Award

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Chaka Khan poses with her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

On June 27, 2006, Chaka Khan received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. She performed with her good friends Prince and Stevie Wonder who recorded one of her biggest hits, "I Feel For You."

Khan released her 1999 Come 2 My House CD on Prince's NPG Records label, and also toured with him and Larry Graham.

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October 12, 2003 - World Music Award Lifetime Achievement

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Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

On October 12, 2003, Chaka Khan was honored for Lifetime Achievement at the 15th annual World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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September 3, 1998 - Soul Train Lena Horne Award for career achievement

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Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Brandy. at the 1998 Lady of Soul Awards in Los Angeles. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

On September 3, 1998, Chaka Khan received the Lena Horne Award for career achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards In Los Angeles, California.

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February 28, 1984 - Three Grammy Awards

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Chaka Khan. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

On February 28, 1984, Chaka Khan won three trophies at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards which were presented at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. She was honored for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female (self-titled album), Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Ain't Nobody" with Rufus, and Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices for "Be Bop Medley" with Arif Mardin.