Honorific nicknames in popular music are often
religious , or (most frequently)
familial in nature and are used as a form of expression in the media, or to identify the significance of an artist by fans. Honorific nicknames were used in classical music in Europe as early as the early nineteenth century, with figures such as
royal and aristocratic being called "The father of modern music" and
Mozart "The father of modern piano music". Bach
They were also particularly prominent in African American culture in the post-
 era, perhaps as a means of conferring status that had been negated by
Civil War , slavery
and as a result entered early jazz and blues music, including figures such as
Duke Ellington . Count Basie
, despite its
American culture constitution and ideology, republican
honorific nicknames have been used to describe leading figures in various areas of activity, such as industry, commerce, sport and the media;  father or mother have been used for innovators, and royal titles such as king and queen for dominant figures in a field.
In the 1930s and 1940s, as jazz and swing music were gaining popularity, it was the more commercially successful white artists
Paul Whiteman who became known as "The King of Jazz" and "The King of Swing" respectively, despite such genres of music originating from African American culture. Benny Goodman
These patterns of naming were transferred to rock and roll when it emerged in the 1950s. There was a series of attempts to find (and a number of claimants to be) the "King of Rock 'n' Roll", a title that became most associated with
 . Elvis Presley
This has been seen as part of a process of the appropriation of credit for innovation of the then new music by a white establishment. 
Different honorifics have been taken or given for other leading figures in the genre, such as "The Architect of Rock and Roll", by
 from the 1990s, Little Richard
but this term, like many, is also used for other important figures, in this case including pioneer electric guitarist
 . Les Paul
Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including
, who was literally crowned "Queen of Soul" by disk jockey
Aretha Franklin on stage in 1968. Pervis Spann
Madonna have been closely associated with the terms Queen and King of Pop since the 1980s. Michael Jackson
They have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists 
and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects. 
Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals. 
, the first regular pop singer of South Asia
American trumpeter and singer
is known as "The King of Jazz trumpet"
was known as the "Godfather of Soul", "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business","Mr Dynamite", and "Soul Brother number one".
has been referred to as the "Queen of R&B"
Hong Kong singer
has been deemed the "God of Songs"
has been called the "Queen of Salsa"
, widely known as the "Goddess of Pop"
is known as the "Queen of Jazz" and "America's First Lady of Song"
, widely known as "Asia's Popstar"
is known as the "King of Swing".
Due to her vocal ability, American singer
has been often referred as "The Voice".
American composer and pianist
was dubbed the "King of Ragtime".
American Blues guitarist and singer
is known as the "King of the slide guitar".
is most often identified as the "King of Pop".
is known as the "King of the Blues"
American DJ, record producer and remixer
is known as the "The Godfather of House".
is known as the "King of the Movie Soundtrack" for his contribution to movies.
is widely acknowledged as the "Forces Sweetheart" for her services during the Second World War
is known as the "King of Reggae"
has been referred as the "Queen of Pop".
has been referred as the "Princess of Pop".
American actress and singer
has established herself as "The Queen of Broadway".
is known as "Voice of Asia" and "Asia's Celine Dion"
has been identified as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and the "Prince of Darkness"
has been referred to as the "Queen of Disco"
has often been referred to as "His Royal Badness"
has been referred to as the "Godfather of Punk"
has been identified as the "The Diva of the Heisei period".
is known as the "Godfather of Grunge"
Ahmed Rushdi Father of South Asian Pop
Laurel Aitken Godfather of Ska
Anne Kansiime African Queen of Comedy
Aaliyah Princess of R&B
Queen of Urban Pop
Roy Acuff King of Country
Ivi Adamou Pop Queen
Adele Queen of Soul
Princess of Pop
Christina Aguilera Princess of Pop
The Voice of a Generation
Paulina Álvarez Empress of the Danzonete
Namie Amuro Queen of Japanese Pop
The Japanese Madonna
Julie Andrews Britain's Youngest Prima Donna
Don Arden The English Godfather
Annaleigh Ashford The New Queen of Disco
Louis Armstrong King of Jazz Trumpet
Chet Atkins Mr. Guitar
Nina Hagen Godmother of Punk
Bill Haley King of Rock and Roll
Ayumi Hamasaki Empress of Pop
Hana Hegerová Queen of Czechoslovak Chanson
Kiyoshi Hikawa Prince of the Enka World
Kohmi Hirose Queen of Winter
, Billy Holiday
Billy Holiday Lady Day
Hooker, John Lee
John Lee Hooker King of the Blues
Whitney Houston Pop Princess
Samuel Hui God of Songs
Al Hurricane Godfather of
New Mexico music United States
Patti LaBelle Godmother of Soul
High Priestess of Good Vibrations
Queen of Rock 'n' Soul
Lady Gaga Queen of Pop
Princess of Pop
Lady Saw Queen of Dancehall
Kendrick Lamar King of the West Coast
Adam Lambert The New King of Queen
James Last Last king of easy listening
Avril Lavigne Pop-Punk Queen
Pop Rock Princess
Princess of Pop
Punk Rock Princess
Kuh Ledesma Pop Diva
The Renaissance Woman
Les Paul Architect of Rock and Roll
Lil B The Based God
Lil Brianna Princess of the South
Lil Jon King of Crunk
Lil' Kim Queen Bee
Lil' Mo Godmother of Hip-Hop and R&B
Lisa Lisa Queen of Latin Hip Hop
Elisa Lindström Princess of Dansband Music
Little Richard Architect of Rock and Roll
King of Rock and Roll
Johnny Logan Mr. Eurovision
Kenny Loggins King of the Movie Soundtrack
Lorde New Queen of Alternative
Dave Lombardo The Godfather of double bass
Toby Love King of Crunkchata
Loretta Lynn First Lady of Country
Queen of Country
Forces sweetheart United Kingdom
Luis Miguel The Sun of Mexico
Madonna First Lady of Pop
Queen of Pop
High Priestess of Pop
Queen of Reinvention
Queen of Controversy
Francis Magalona King of Philippine Rap
Miriam Makeba Mama Africa
Bamboo Mañalac Rock Maestro
Teena Marie Ivory Queen of Soul
Bob Marley King of Reggae
Fernando Maurício King of Fado and Mouraria
Kym Mazelle First Lady of House
Martina McBride Celine Dion of Country
Reba McEntire Queen of Country
Lydia Mendoza Queen of Tejano
Idina Menzel Broadway Queen
Daniela Mercury Queen of Axé
Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World
Trinidad and Tobago
Nicki Minaj The New Queen of Hip Hop
Trinidad and Tobago/United States
Liza Minnelli Queen of Broadway
Queen of Hollywood
Kylie Minogue Goddess of Pop
Princess of Pop
Queen of Pop
Misia Queen of Ballads
Queen of Japanese Soul
Hibari Misora Queen of Japanese Pop
Monica R&B Princess
Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass
Moore, Rudy Ray
Rudy Ray Moore Godfather of Rap
Giorgio Moroder Father of Disco
Jim Morrison King of Orgasmic Rock
Anita Mui Queen of Canto Pop
Madonna of Asia
Zeki Müren Sun of Art
Peter Murphy Godfather of Goth
( My Tam Mỹ Tâm) The Queen of V-Pop
Imelda Papin Sentimental Songstress
Jay Park Fresh Prince of Seoul
United States/South Korea
Dolly Parton Queen of Country
Charley Patton Father of the Delta Blues
Luciano Pavarotti King of the High C's
CeCe Peniston Queen of Dance
Carl Perkins King of Rockabilly
Bernadette Peters Queen of Broadway
Iggy Pop Godfather of Punk
Pérez Prado King of Mambo
Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll
Presley, Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie Presley Princess of Rock and Roll
Psy King of
YouTube South Korea
Ivy Queen Queen of Reggaetón
Puerto Rico/United States
Queen of Rap
Queen of Latin Hip-Hop
Queen of Urban Music
Reggaetón's First Lady
Joey Ramone Godfather of Punk
Johnnie Ray Prince of Wails
Otis Redding King of Soul
Lou Reed Godfather of Punk
Esma Redžepova Queen of Gypsy Music
Sheryn Regis Crystal Voice of Asia
Rihanna Caribbean Queen
Jenni Rivera The Diva of Banda
The First Lady of Corrido
Jimmie Rodgers Father of Country Music
Amália Rodrigues Queen of
Rozalla Queen of Rave
Ross Robinson Godfather of Nu Metal
Paulina Rubio The Mexican Madonna
Todd Rundgren God
Xuxa Queen of Children