Chaka Khan Nabs Hollywood Star, Sings With Stevie Wonder
Chaka Khan, the powerful voice behind the classic, funky R&B songs ‘Tell Me Something Good’, ‘Through the Fire’ and ‘I’m Every Woman,’ received the 2,440th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday (May 19.)
The 58-year old singer was shocked by the honor. “Oh my god. I’m like, oh, hell to the no. This is so fabulous,” she reportedly told the Hollywood Reporter. “I am so honored. I don’t … do I deserve this? All I’m doing is what I love to do.”
Khan, born Yvette Marie Stevens, launched her singing career with Chicago funk band Rufus back in the ’70s. With the ensemble, Khan received two Grammys — she has won 10 gramophone trophies total — and had the groovin’ hit singles ‘At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up),’ ‘Sweet Thing’ and ‘Ain’t Nobody,’ before going solo. In her own right she has released 13 studio albums, the last being 2007’s ‘Funk This,’ which nabbed the Best R&B Album Grammy in 2008.
‘Tell Me Something Good,’ one of her biggest hits to date with Rufus, was written by Stevie Wonder, who was on hand for yesterday’s star reveal. Calling her “not only a great singer, but a great human being,” Wonder went into an impromptu performance of the single with Khan at the ceremony.
Other celebrities who received a star on the Walk of Fame this year include Penelope Cruz, Bryan Adams, Alec Baldwin, Adam Sandler, Donald Sutherland and Colin Firth, among others.
Watch Chaka Khan and Stevie Perform ‘Tell Me Something Good’