James Brown – Godfather of Soul

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James Brown


Legends never die. That is what happened to James Brown, known as the “Godfather of soul”. His songs had a large repercussion in the music industry throughout the years of his career, and consecrated him as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Relevantly, at least 96 of Brown’s songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 list, especially in the R&B/Hip – Hop chart. There is no doubt that those important accomplishments ‘immortalized’ James Brown as one of the world’s most renowned performers. However, not only is he remembered by tons of people, but also is honored by being the name of some infrastructures. Besides, he has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, and acknowledged with many awards, contributing to a legacy that will last for many years.

Some of Brown’s most relevant honors

James Brown received a large amount of honors throughout and after his career, including prestigious awards. One of the most relevant awards he received in his career was the induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which took place in 1986. He was also inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame three years earlier, in 1983. Later, in 1992, James Brown was rewarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, granted to artists who have contributed significantly to the recording field throughout their lives. Other artists that received this same award included largely renowned celebrities like: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, and much more.

In 1997, James Brown received his own star in the worldwide famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, where all the country’s most important celebrities leave their mark forever. He was also an inductee to the New York Songwriters Hall of Fame, because he was also an important songwriter. Later on, in December 2003, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Besides, Brown was also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, and even performed during the ceremony. This ceremony was celebrated in November 14, 2006, notably, little more than a month before his decease. The Rolling Stone magazine put Brown in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and was positioned in the seventh place.

Even though the awards mentioned previously were all given while he was alive, he also received several honors even after his death. One outstanding example was the 49th Grammy Awards, which was celebrated almost two months after Brown’s death. First, his famous cape was placed over a microphone to honor all the celebrities that passed away during 2006, the previous year. Plus, Christina Aguilera made a live show singing “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, one of Brown’s most famous hit singles; and, Chris Brown performed a special dance routine to honor James Brown, as well.

On another hand, the R&B Music Hall of Fame officially inducted James Brown in August 17, 2013, at the Waetejen Auditorium in the Cleveland State University institute.