HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Chaka Khan, known for her flamboyant soul and disco recordings that spanned a decade, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

“This is a blessing,” Khan said during the ceremony in front of the My Studio Nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard.

Khan’s singing career has lasted nearly 50 years and garnered her 10 Grammy Awards.

It seems there isn’t a soul or R&B artist alive that hasn’t paid tribute to her songs at some point.

Duing the ceremony Stevie Wonder joined Khan in singing “Tell Me Something Good,” which he wrote. It was Khan’s first hit with the funk band Rufus and won the group a Grammy in 1975 as the best R&B vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus.

Khan led Wonder to the star and had the blind entertainer touch its letters and recording icon.

Born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953, in Chicago, she was given the name Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hoodarhi Karifi by an African shaman. She became Chaka Khan in 1970, when she married Indian bassist Hassan Khan.

Khan began her singing career by forming the all-female vocal group the Crystalettes when she was 11 years old. She later sang for Shades of Black, Lyfe, the Babysitters before joining Rufus, the group that would first bring her fame.

Khan’s solo debut album, “Chaka” was released in 1978 and featured the crossover disco hit, “I’m Every Woman,” whose single topped the U.S. R&B charts.

Khan’s other No. 1 singles are “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me,” “I Feel For You,” “This is My Night,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Love You All My Lifetime,” “Never Miss the Water” and “Disrespectful.”

Khan’s most recent album, “Funk This,” was released in 2007 and earned her a Grammy for best R&B album.

“Chaka’s voice is what the saxophone is to Charlie Parker,” recording industry executive Benny Medina told attendees at the ceremony. “Chaka Khan is the voice.”

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Comments (17)
  1. jean says:

    Chaka Khan is a true star. I loved this woman and her music since forever. There will never be another Chaka. May God continue to bless this powerful musical woman. I love you Chaka. My family loves you. We’ll never forget you.

    1. Teresa Jenkins says:

      Chaka Khan is a true mentor and role model to all females. May God continue to bless her because not matter where she goes and who ever’s heart she touches they will remember that she is truly a wonderful artist and person.

      Teresa Jenkins
      Annapolis, MD

    2. Saber 1 says:

      One or two hit wonder. She blows and so does her fans.

  2. Jane says:

    This is “long overdue!”

  3. chaka fan says:

    Congratulations Chaka !! U R awesome. “I’m Every Woman” & “Tell Me Something Good” are fantastic. Your songs & voice are unforgettable.

  4. Derek Brown says:

    Awesome Chaka. We go back to the 70’s together as i was learning how to play the bass then, playing to some of your tunes. God bless you Chaka.

  5. Lisa Janee Taylor says:

    I am Las Vegas Chaka and I love everyhing about her even though I tried hard to impersonate her.
    Its a lot of work to tried to keep the flow with such great talent.
    I have a natural look that her and people love it … I love it when I sing I’m Every Women that what she taught me to be.
    Lisa Janee

  6. FTBroadnax says:

    I can’t imagine the disco era without Chaka, her songs are timeless. I’m glad to see she is still going strong and garnered a star on the Walk of Fame.

  7. Ron Washington says:

    Way, WAY over due!!

  8. Norman Brown says:

    Not only is she very talented and sexy, but hot. I have been a Chaka Khan fan for a long time and will continue to follow her career. She is always giving free concerts and cares about people. I would give anything to meet her in person just one time.

  9. lynn says:

    congrats to chaka for all her blessings. i’ve been a fan for years in 1976 i was blessed with a beautiful daughter i proudly named my daughter shaka. diffrent spelling because you are the orginal. many you rein the music community for many many years. thank you for your gift of music.

  10. Trina says:

    Congratulations Chaka, your are truly a star, may God always cast his blessings upon you.

  11. Danielle says:

    Congratulations Chaka!! Am so HAPPY! for U! I Love your STYLE and MUSIC!! Timeless!!!!!!!

  12. m herron says:

    this is your time chaka now if i could hear tell me something good. and ain’ nobody would be good

  13. Gedownbrown says:

    There will never be another Chaka. Ever sincde I was a 16 year old boy, she was my favorite singer. I had your picture on my wall Chaka. Will alway listen to your music.

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