Known as Empress of Soul, she gained fame with Gladys Knight & the Pips, who released the hit, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
She won a small time TV contest when she was seven, giving her family confidence to start up The Pips.
She won the 1986 Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "That's What Friends Are For," which she sang with Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
She got married to James Newman in 1960, then to Barry Hankerson on October 12, 1974, and after their divorce, married Les Brown on August 29, 1995. She married William McDowell on April 12, 2001.
She appeared on the fourteenth cycle of Dancing with the Stars with Jaleel White.
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