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Chaka Khan gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (Video)

05/19/2011 by Corinne Heller

Chaka Khan was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, May 19.

The 58-year-old Grammy-winning R&B, soul and funk singer is known for songs such as "Tell Me Something Good," "Ain't Nobody" and "I'm Every Woman," - the latter of which was famously covered by Whitney Houston.

Khan received the 2,440th star in the Recording category and it is located at 6623 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the My Studio nightclub in Los Angeles. Wearing a plum suit, the singer accepted the honor at a ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

"Oh my god," Khan said. "I'm like, oh, hell to the no. This is so fabulous. I am so honored. I don't ... do I deserve this? All I'm doing is what I love to do."

"Singing is my sanity," she added. "That is the way I stay as balanced as I possibly can, if you want to call this a balance. The best thing that you can do is to do something that you love and believe in. This is a blessing. This is another jewel in a crown of many jewels that I wear spiritually."

Khan, whose real name is Yvette Marie Stevens, grew up in south Chicago and sang in several groups, including Rufus, in the 1960s and 1970s.

The 1974 song "Tell Me Something Good" was written by Stevie Wonder, who sang the song with her at the star ceremony and appeared with her as she accepted her plaque, and was one of Khan's biggest hit with the group.

In the later1970s, she began concentrating on her solo career and released her debut solo album, "Chaka" in 1978. The record featured the track "I'm Every Woman", which was written by Ashford & Simpson.

In 1979, the pop singer Prince released the track "I Feel For You," which Khan covered in 1984 and which featured hip hop artist Melle Mel and the lyrics "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan / Chaka Khan, let me rock you / Let me rock you, Chaka Khan."

Between 1974 and 2007, Khan won 10 Grammy Awards, including prizes for her collaborations with artists such as Ray Charles and Mary J. Blige. The singer has released a total of 13 studio albums, with the latest being the 2007 record "Funk This." She is also set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame's prestigious Hitmaker Award at a gala in New York on June 16th.

In 2008, Khan starred in the Broadway musical "The Color Purple" alongside former "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino. Khan also appeared in the gospel musical "Mama I Want to Sing" in London in 1995.

Khan continues to perform and is set to give concerts in cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Detroit through the summer.

She also keeps busy with her charity, the Chaka Khan Foundation, which helps women and children and provides tutoring services for students, among other things.

"I love people," Khan said at the ceremony. "I especially love chilren. They're my favorite people."

Check out the music video for Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You" below, courtesy of Warner Bros. Music and MTV.

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