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Gladys Knight

Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944), known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian, and author. She is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, the most famous incarnation of which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. Knight has won a total of seven Grammy awards (four as a solo artist, and three with The Pips). Knight was born in Oglethorpe, Georgia, the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth (née Woods) and Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr., a postal worker. She first achieved minor fame by winning Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour TV show contest at the age of 7 in 1952. The following year, she, her brother Merald, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Elenor Guest formed a musical group called The Pips (named after another cousin, James "Pip" Woods). By the end of the decade, the act had begun to tour, and had replaced Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest with Gladys Knight's cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. Gladys Knight & the Pips joined the Motown

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Gladys Knight -- My Son Tried to Blackmail Me with Medical Information

Gladys Knight
My Son Tried to Blackmail Me With Medical Information

Gladys Knight says her son stooped so low in their legal battle, he attempted to extort his own mother if she didn't cut him a break. The R & B legend has been fighting Shanga Hankerson… READ MORE >

Gladys Knight -- I'm Not Chicken to Sue My Son

Gladys Knight
I'm Not Chicken to Sue My Son

Gladys Knight might've just proved blood isn't always thicker than water -- she just sued her son to stop using mama's name and face in the restaurant biz. Gladys wants the person now running the… READ MORE >

- 97 days ago
Gladys Knight -- Chicken & Waffles Joints Raided (PHOTOS)

Gladys Knight
Chicken & Waffles Joints Raided

1:45 PM PT -- A rep for Gladys tells TMZ the singer "lent her name to her son's restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement. Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with… READ MORE >

- 166 days ago
Gladys Knight -- She's the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Old Carolina School

Gladys Knight
Best Thing That Ever Happened To Abandoned NC School

Gladys Knight is sinking a ton of her own cash into a $2 million project to save a North Carolina landmark -- a segregation era all Black school -- with ties to her family ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1029 days ago
Gladys Knight Takes 'First Family' Kids to Singing School

Gladys Knight
Takes 'First Family' Kids To Singing School

The only thing better than starring on a TV show with music legend Gladys Knight ... is getting singing lessons from her. Knight -- who co-stars on "The First Family" as the President's mom -- was… READ MORE >

- 1499 days ago
Gladys Knight -- Paris Jackson Deserves Her Teeth Knocked Out

Gladys Knight
Paris Jackson Deserves Her Teeth KNOCKED OUT

Soul legend and famed Jackson family friend Gladys Knight thinks Paris Jackson is a snot-nosed little brat for bashing Janet -- in fact, Gladys says Paris deserves to get her TEETH knocked out for… READ MORE >

- 1591 days ago
Gladys Knight -- The Secret White House Project

Gladys Knight
The Secret White House Project

Gladys Knight is pulling double duty ... 'cause in between training sessions for "Dancing with the Stars," TMZ has learned Knight is also working on a top secret scripted TV show. Sources close to… READ MORE >

- 1718 days ago
Gladys Knight and the TM-Zebra ... Sorry, Pips

Gladys Knight and the TM-Zebra
... Sorry, Pips

Gladys Knight was out in NYC minus the Pips -- but we found a new group for her to hang with ... the TM-Zebra & Friends!!! (We do not vouch for their singing ability) Check out TMZ on TV --… READ MORE >

- 2201 days ago
'Idol' Is Finally Over!

'Idol'
Is Finally Over!

With performances by Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and BeBe and CeCe Winans, last night Jordin Sparks was crowned the latest "American Idol" on what seemed more like a "Solid Gold" rerun than the… READ MORE >

- 3482 days ago
Lewis and Clarkson: Who Will and WON'T Perform Tonight

Lewis and Clarkson:
Who Will and WON'T Perform Tonight

Kelly Clarkson may be feuding with her label head Clive Davis, but she's got nothing but love for "American Idol."TMZ has learned that Kelly -- and all winners from seasons past, except Fantasia… READ MORE >

- 3483 days ago

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