Glаdуѕ Knіght

Birth Day May 28th, 1944
Birth Place Atlanta
Age 79 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Gemini

About Glаdуѕ Knіght 

Glаdуѕ Maria Knіght famed as Gladys Knight is a best known as a singer and songwriter by profession. Apart from this, she is also an actress, businesswoman, and author. Moreover, she is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner and she is also known as the "Empress of Soul". Likewise, she rose to fame after recording hits songs and albums during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. She is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Pips. Additionally, she has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles ("Midnight Train to Georgia" and "That's What Friends Are For"). She also recorded the theme song for the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill. In the year 2019, she accepted an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII where she faced criticism for agreeing to perform due to the alleged blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick by the National Football League after he began protesting police brutality during pre-game anthem ceremonies. She also defended her decision to sing, claiming to understand Kaepernick's reasons for protesting but criticizing him for kneeling during the national anthem. Then, she was invited to play at the 100th Anniversary of Delaware State Fair, located in Harrington, Delaware in the same year. 

Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle were the most recent artists to battle it out on Verzuz. On 13th September 13, the icons went hit-for-hit on the Instagram Live and Apple Music series. Gladys and Patti also discussed their love for each other and sang each other’s songs. They were joined by another legend, Dionne Warwick, and the three of them performed their collaborative single "Superwoman" to close things out. In round 1 of the battle, Patti sang the early '90s cut "All Right Now" whereas Gladys sang over an instrumental of her Pips-backed '70s Billboard Hot 100 top five hits "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". In round 1, Gladys Knight won the battle. Moving towards the second round, Patti sang "If You Asked Me To" and Glady Knight sang "Make Yours a Happy Home". In the battle, Patti LaBelle won the second battle. Similarly, the third round came as Patti LaBelle's "Stir It Up" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Every Beat of My Heart". Gladys Knight became the winner of the third round. The battle of the fourth round was Patti LaBelle's "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "On and On"; Gladys Knight again became the winner. In the same way, Patti LaBelle's "If You Don't Know Me By Now (Live)" vs. Gladys Knight's "Licence to Kill" was performed in the round 5. Where Patti LaBella grabbed her victory. Round 6 took place as Patti LaBelle's 'My Love, Sweet Love" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia" were Gladys Knight became the winner. In round 7, Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You" vs. Gladys Knight's "Someone to Watch Over Me" happened where Patti LaBella won. The round 8 took place as Patti LaBelle's "Right Kind of Lover" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Friendship Train". In round 8, Gladys Knight grabbed her victory. In round 9, Patti LaBelle's "Over the Rainbow" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" happened where the results came as Tie. Then, Patti LaBella won the third round in the song of Patti LaBelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "You're Number One (In My Book)". In Patti LaBelle's "Kiss Away the Pain" vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "I've Got to Use My Imagination", Gladys Knight won in round 11. Patti LaBella won the round 12 in the battle of Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude" / "On My Own" (with Michael McDonald) vs. Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Encore). Round 13 took place as Patti LaBelle's "New Day" / "Feels Like Another One" (feat. Big Daddy Kane) / "ABCs" / "Lady Marmalade" (w/ Labelle) vs. Gladys Knight's "Love Overboard" where Gladys Knight won the battle. Likewise, in the round 14 of Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend" / "If Only You Knew" vs. Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Elton John & Stevie Wonder's 'That's What Friends Are For"; the result came up as Tie. The final score came as; 7-7-5, Tie.

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Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle Battle

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Glаdуѕ Knіght is famous for being an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and businesswoman. She is best known for her hits song with her group 'Gladys Knight & the Pips'. She is also better known for winning the Grammy award for seven times. 

Glаdуѕ Knіght wаѕ bоrn on 28th May 1944 with the birth name/full name of Gladys Maria Knight. Неr bіrthрlасе is in Аtlаntа, ѕіtuаtеd іn Gеоrgіа. She was born tо her parents; Ѕаrаh Еlіzаbеth (mother) аnd Меrаld Wооdrоw Knіght, Ѕr. (father). As of 2020, she celebrated her 76th birthday. She is American by nationality and her ethnicity is African-American. Her race is black. Gemini is her Zodiac sign and her religion is Christian. She also has siblings; a sister, Brenda, and one living brother, Merald Jr., and one deceased brother, David. At present, she is residing in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA. As per her education, she went to attend Shaw University. 

Gladys Knight is a very beautiful woman with a charming personality attracting a lot of people towards her. She has got a tall height of 5 ft 4 in or 1.63 m with a balanced body weight of 60 Kg. Her bra size is 33B and her body measurement is 34-24-35 in. Her shoe size is 8 US. She has a pair of black eyes and her hair color is also black. 

Gladys Knight's Singing and Solo Career

  • Winning in the TV Show "Ted Mack's The Original Amateur Hour", Gladys Knight rose to fame in the year 1952. At that time she was only seven. 
  • After that, she along with her brother Merald, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Eleanor Guest formed a musical group called "the Pips" which is named after another cousin, James "Pip" Woods). 
  • Later, she and the group recorded the single, "Every Beat of My Heart" was released on the tiny Atlanta Huntom label but it was picked up by Vee-Jay Records. Also, at the same time, they were also signed with Bobby Robinson's label, Fury Records.
  • The release of the single became famous which was followed up by "Letter Full of Tears" which was her first released full-length album. 
  • They record with the Fury till 1962 and then signed with Larry Maxwell's Maxx label in the year 1964. 
  • The group also released the original version of "Giving Up" and "Lovers Always Forgive". 
  • After then, they joined the Motown Records roster in the year 1966.
  • Their hit singles, include "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (recorded first by Marvin Gaye, his version not released until 1968), "Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me" (1967), "Friendship Train" (1969), "If I Were Your Woman" (1970), "I Don't Want To Do Wrong" (1971), the Grammy Award-winning "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" (1972), and "Daddy Could Swear (I Declare)" (1973). 
  • In the year 1973, they left Motown, and then they began their deals with Buddah Records in the year 1973. 
  • With the release of "Midnight Train to Georgia", the group won grammy awards. This single hit the UK pop charts Top 5 in the summer of 1976, a full three years after its success in the U.S.
  • This was followed by "I've Got to Use My Imagination", "The Way We Were/Try To Remember" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". 
  • She and the Pips also recorded the soundtrack to the successful film "Claudine" in the year 1974 with the producer Curtis Mayfield. 
  • Additionally, she also made her motion picture acting debut in the film, "Pipe Dreams".
  • Later, her first single solo came as "Miss Gladys Knight" (1978) on Buddah and "Gladys Knight" (1979) on Columbia Records.
  • After a year in 1980, she was invited by Johnny Mathis to record two duets "When A Child Is Born" (previously a hit for Mathis) and "The Lord's Prayer".
  • She then signed with Columbia Records in the year 1980 and the released two albums: About Love (1980) and Touch (1981).
  • The group again released the hit "Save The Overtime For Me" in the year 1983. 
  • Their last LP was "All Our Love" (1987), for MCA Records. This won another Grammy. 
  • She then decided to continue on her solo career after a successful tour. 
  • The group was also inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Moving towards her solo career, her first single came "That's What Friends Are For" which became a triple No. 1 mega-hit, and also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. 
  • Following this, she recorded the title track "Licence to Kill" for the James Bond movie 'Licence to Kill' in the year 1989. 
  • Not only this, but she also released her third and most successful solo LP, "Good Woman" which became a No. 1 hit on the R&B album chart and featured the No. 2 R&B hit "Men" and "Superwoman". 
  • She along with LaBelle collaborated the same year on "I Don't Do Duets", a duet with Patti LaBelle from LaBelle's album "Burnin'".
  • Not only this, but she also performed the national anthem at Game 1 of the World Series in 1991. 
  • Later, her fourth solo LP, "Just for You", went Gold and was nominated for the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. 
  • She then appeared alongside Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, and Diana Ross at the 'Divas with Heart' concert in aid of cardiac research, at New York's Radio City Hall in the year 2008. 
  • She also sang "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and "The Lord's Prayer" at the funeral service for Michael Jackson in the year 2009. 
  • She released her next single "Settle" in December 2010. 
  • In September 2011, a new, updated recording of Tom Jones' 1970 classic "I (Who Have Nothing)" was released on iTunes and Amazon. It was in the year 2011. 
  • She recorded the Lenny Kravitz written and produced the song "You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" for the soundtrack from Lee Daniels' "The Butler" in the year 2013. 
  • "Where My Heart Belongs" (2014) marked her 30th top 40 R&B album with the group "Gladys Knight & the Pips". 
  • She then accepted an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in the year 2019. 
  • She was then invited to play at the 100th Anniversary of Delaware State Fair, located in Harrington, Delaware in the same year. 
  • She started her farewell tour of the United Kingdom in October 2009. Moreover, the tour was promoted by an appearance on the TV program Later... with Jools Holland where Knight performed "If I Were Your Woman" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night".
  • She also started touring in the UK after some years and also played gigs in Scotland and England in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Gladys Knight Singing


Gladys Knight's Movies and TV Shows

  • Gladys Knight made her debut film "Pipe Dreams" in the year 1976 and has a small role in the 2003 movie "Hollywood Homicide". 
  • She was then featured in Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All by Myself".
  • She has also devoted her acting role in TV shows as well such as The Gladys Knight and the Pips Show, Benson, The Jeffersons, A Different World, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, and New York Undercover. 
  • Likewise, she co-starred on the CBS sitcom "Charlie & Co.", alongside comedian Flip Wilson, which lasted for one season.
  • She made a special guest appearance, and performed a song, on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" in April 2009 and she also portrayed a singer in an episode of JAG in April 2005. 
  • She has made a cameo appearance in "Las Vegas" and "30 Rock". 
  • In the year 2012, she began a recurring role in the syndicated sitcom "The First Family".
  • She has also competed on season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars" in the year 2012 in which she partnered with Tristan MacManus. But they were eliminated on 24th April. 
  • She then appeared as herself in the musical-drama TV series "Star".
  • She also played Ella Grover, mother of Captain Lou Grover, in the "Lele pu na manu like" ("Birds of a Feather...") episode of "Hawaii Five-0". This was initially aired on 16th November 2018.
  • She also revealed to be the Bee on "The Masked Singer", in which she placed third.

Beside this,

  • As an author, she has published books; Knight, Gladys. At Home With Gladys Knight, McGraw-Hill, and Knight, Gladys. Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story, Hyperion Press.

Gladys Knight's Awards and Achievements

Till now, Gladys Knight has won seven Grammys with twenty-two nominations altogether. She won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals awards for "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" in 1973. As well as she won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals awards for "Midnight Train To Georgia" in 1973. She also won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals awards for "That's What Friends Are For" in 1986 and won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals awards for "Love Overboard". She also won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album for "At Last", Best Gospel Performance awards for Heaven Help Us All" in 2004, and est Gospel Choir or Chorus Album awards for "One Voice". Besides this, she has received;

  • 1992: Essence Award for Career Achievement
  • 1995: Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1997: Trumpet Awards Foundation Pinnacle Award
  • 2005: BET Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist
  • 2007: Society of Singers Ella Award, also declared the "Empress of Soul"
  • 2008: BET Inaugural Best Living Legend Award
  • 2008: National Black Arts Festival Honoree at Legends Celebration
  • 2011: Soul Train Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

Gladys Knight's Personal Life

Regarding the marital status of Gladys Knight, she is a married woman. She was first married to Atlanta musician James "Jimmy" Newman in the year 1960. She became pregnant but she went through a miscarriage. Later, the duo was blessed with two children named James "Jimmy" Gaston Newman III and Kenya. Jimmy was caught up by drugs and he left the family when Gladys was twenty. Later, she divorced Jimmy in 1973 and then married Barry Hankerson in the year 1974. The duo was also blessed with a son named Shanga Hankerson. In the year 1979, the couple came to end their married relationship. After that, she married motivational speaker Les Brown in the year 1995 and split after two years in 1997 due to some issues. In the year 2001, she married her fourth husband, William McDowell. Altogether, they have seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. At present, the duo is enjoying their life a lot without any kind of disturbances. Her sexual orientation is straight. 

Gladys Knight & Husband William McDowell

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She was also once suffered by gambling as she became addicted to it. In the late 1980s, after losing $60,000 in one night at the baccarat table, she joined Gamblers Anonymous, which helped her quit the habit. 

Gladys Knight's Net Worth 2020

The Grammy award-winning singer, Gladys Knight has accumulated a huge amount of money throughout her career since the age of twenty. She is a very talented and successful singer who has reached a great height in her career. As of 2019, the net worth of Gladys is estimated to have $28 Million. Whereas the net worth of her as of 2020 will be more than $28 Million but the exact net worth of Gladys is still to get updated yet. Without a doubt, she is earning a cool amount of salary from her career at present. She has not disclosed anything about it. Her major source of earning is from her singing career and she is satisfied with her career. 

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