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Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953), frequently known as the "Queen of Funk", is a 10-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. 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". Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Chicago's rough South Side housing projects, Khan is the eldest of five children to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Her sister Yvonne Stevens later became a successful musician in her own right under the name Taka Boom. Her only brother Mark Stevens, who formed the funk group Aurra, also became a successful musician. She has two other sisters, Kathleen Burrell and Tammy McCrary, who is her current manager. Unlike many of her musical contemporaries, Khan was raised as Roman Catholic. Khan attributed her love of music to her grandmother, who introduced

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Chaka Khan -- Good Genes or Good Docs?

Chaka Khan
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Ain't nobody ... aging as well as Chaka Khan.Here's the then 41-year-old "I Feel For You" singer back in 1994 (left) -- and 19 years later, the Queen of Funk-Soul celebrating her 60th… READ MORE >

Chaka Khan -- I'm the Next 'X-Factor' Judge ... If they Call Me Back

Chaka Khan
I'm the Next 'X-Factor' Judge, If they Call Me Back

Who will be the next judge on "X-Factor"? Britney Spears ... Demi Lovato ... Miley Cyrus ... Chaka Khan ... er, what?That's right ... sources close to the Queen of Funk tell TMZ ... Chaka is… READ MORE >

- 817 days ago
Chaka Khan Wins 8 More Years of Grandma Duty

Chaka Khan
Wins 8 More Years of Grandma Duty

Chaka Khan just signed herself up for the most stressful years in a parent's life -- agreeing to take permanent custody of her 10-year-old granddaughter ... TMZ has learned.According to new docs… READ MORE >

- 959 days ago
Chaka Khan Wins Custody of Granddaughter

Chaka Khan
Rips Custody of Granddaughter From Alleged Druggie Parents

Chaka Khan just won temporary custody of her 10-year-old granddaughter because the child's parents are drug addicts -- this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.Chaka filed a petition for… READ MORE >

- 1051 days ago
Chaka Khan -- Punished for Hawaiian Concert

Chaka Khan
Punished for Hawaiian Concert

Chaka Khan went to Hawaii -- and all she got was a lousy lawsuit ... after the singer allegedly stiffed a production company out of thousands of dollars stemming from an island concert back in… READ MORE >

- 1348 days ago
Chaka Khan vs. Sheila E.: Who'd You Rather?

Chaka Khan vs. Sheila E.
Who'd You Rather?

Music divas Chaka Khan and Sheila E. frizzed out at a charity event in Santa Monica this weekend.Question is ... See Also Traci vs. Mary: Who'd You Rather? Candis vs. Calpernia: Who'd You Rather?  READ MORE >

- 1760 days ago
Chaka Khan: Ribbed for Your Pleasure

Chaka Khan:
Ribbed for Your Pleasure

I feel for you, Chaka Khan -- and your steel-belted radial Michelin chic.The 55-year-old R&B diva performed in Sydney this weekend, looking tired!  READ MORE >

- 2236 days ago
Chaka Khan't Be Serious About that 'Do

Chaka
Khan't Be Serious About that 'Do

Chaka Khan lost one of her earrings at LAX ... um, did anyone tell her to check her hair? READ MORE >

- 2250 days ago
These Are Not Female Impersonators

These Are Not
Female Impersonators

The real Patti LaBelle, Wynonna Judd and Chaka Khan showed up to a charity gala in L.A. on Sunday.It's nice to see RuPaul is still inspiring people in Hollywood. READ MORE >

- 2264 days ago
Chaka Khan: We Feel for You

Chaka Khan:
We Feel for You

Ain't nobody like Chaka Khan!The divalicious 54-year-old legend surfaced at LAX on Monday, sporting a gorgeous purple weave, a slimming black travel ensemble of oversized shirt and leggings, and a… READ MORE >

- 2452 days ago

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