Gladys Knight

Singer, Songwriter
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Gladys Knight accepting the National Medal of Arts from President Joe Biden. Photo by Cheriss May


For her iconic voice as the Empress of Soul. Gladys Knight’s exceptional talent influenced musical genres—from rhythm and blues to gospel to pop—and inspired generations of artists, captivated by her soundtrack of a golden age in American music.