Today is Chaka Khan’s birthday. She was born Yvette Marie Stevens, March 23, 1953), and known as the “Queen of Funk”, she is a 10-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman for the funk band Rufus. Chaka embarked on a successful solo career in 1978 while still a member of Rufus, her signature hits, both with Rufus and as a solo performer, include “Tell Me Something Good”, “Sweet Thing” which she wrote for her then husband Richard Holland, “Ain’t Nobody”, “I’m Every Woman”, “I Feel for You” and “Through the Fire”.
On May 19, 2011, Khan was given the 2,440th Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaque on a section of Hollywood Boulevard. Her family was present when the singer accepted the honor, as well as Stevie Wonder, who had written her breakout hit “Tell Me Something Good”.
On September 27, 2011, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame committee announced that Khan and her former band Rufus were jointly nominated for induction to the hall.