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Gladys Knight

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

Knight is enjoying the success of her latest album, Before Me, a tribute to the great legends of song – Ella, Duke, Billie, Lena. She has also released two collaborations with the 100-member Saints Unified Voices gospel choir, with whom she won a Best Gospel/Choir Album Grammy. Knight won yet another Grammy for her duet with the late Ray Charles on his posthumous album Genius Loves Company, specifically for their duet Heaven Help Us All, and her At Last solo album won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album in 2002. Her recent critically-acclaimed, four-year run at the Flamingo in Las Vegas was hailed the number-one show on the Strip by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

When not busy recording or performing music, Knight makes frequent forays in film and television. Her recent credits include the Emmy-winning NBC hit comedy 30 Rock, the indie UNBEATABLE HAROLD with Dylan McDermott and Henry Winkler, and the animated film HOLIDAZE. Her other credits include JAG, Las Vegas, the Harrison Ford film HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, as a guest judge on American Idol and a regular judge on FOX's American Juniors.

The Georgia-born Knight began performing gospel music at age four and won, the grand prize on television's Ted Mack's Amateur Hour three years later. With Gladys Knight & The Pips she enjoyed tremendous success throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, winning several Grammys and scoring Top 10 gold singles with hits like Midnight Train to Georgia. She enjoyed another #1 in 1985 That's What Friends are For.

Knight has recorded nearly 40 albums over the years and earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995, followed by induction into the Rock ‘N' Roll Hall of Fame. Knight also published an autobiography, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory, and she and The Pips were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual BET Awards ceremony.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Gladys Knight Facts

Birth Name Gladys Maria Knight
OccupationMusician, Actress
BirthdayMay 28, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.