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
familial, or (most frequently)
royal and aristocratic titles, used
metaphorically. Honorific nicknames were used in classical music in Europe even in the early nineteenth century, with figures such as
Mozart being called "The father of modern music" and
Bach "The father of modern piano music". 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, and as a result entered early jazz and blues music, including figures such as
Duke Ellington and
U.S. culture, despite its
republican constitution and ideology, 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. 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.
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. 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. 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, but this term, like many, is also used for other important figures, in this case including pioneer electric guitarist
Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including
Aretha Franklin, who was literally crowned "Queen of Soul" by
disk jockeyPervis Spann on stage in 1968.Michael Jackson and
Madonna have been closely associated with the terms "King and Queen of Pop" since the 1980s. Some nicknames have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects. Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals.
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".
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Burlesque", hitting theaters on Wednesday. And she continues to sing in Las Vegas. Amanda Sidman (November 21, 2010), "Cher", Daily News, New York, p. 5
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Martin Luther King, who called her 'the queen of American folk music', and the then US president Bill Clinton, who in 1999 awarded her the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities. She had been due to sing at
Barack Obama's inauguration in January.