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Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey celebrated birthdays

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan

According to the Huffington Post on March 26, four popular divas celebrated birthdays in the last few days.

They are:

  1. Chaka Khan, March 23
  2. Aretha Franklin, March 25
  3. Diana Ross, March 26
  4. Mariah Carey, March 27

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan turned 61 on March 23. Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the front woman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often referred to as the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul's birthday was on March 25, when she turned 72. She celebrated at the Ritz-Calton Hotel in New York with some of her celebrity friends such as Denzel Washington, Andre 3000, Babyface and Clive Davis.

Franklin's career became successful in 1967 with songs such as "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think." These hits and more helped her to gain the title "The Queen of Soul" by the end of the 1960s.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Diana Ross
The lead singer of "The Supremes" turned 70 years old on March 26. Ross grew up in Detroit, Michigan. At age 15 she formed the group that would eventually evolve into "The Supremes." After achieving major success in music, she began acting in the late 1960s.

Ross is well-known for her first film performance in 1972 as Billie Holiday in the film "Lady Sings the Blues."

Ross, as a member of Motown’s The Supremes, had her first big hit in 1964 with “Where Did Our Love Go?” She’s since had a long career as a solo act and as an Oscar-nominated actress.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey turned 44 on March 27. The iconic singer has a career that spans over two decades. Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. She was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey gained her 18th number-one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, Carey was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, 17 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards.

Carey is referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records. She is famous for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.

Happy Birthday to all these divas!

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