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Chaka Khan doesn’t sing for awards: ‘I sing because it is why God put me here!’

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The 70-year-old music icon has enjoyed a career spanning several decades and is the latest singer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but insisted that even though she is “honoured” to have received such an accolade, the main reason she is a musician is because it is why she is here in the first place.

Singer Chaka Khan performs during the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta March 3, 2007. File picture: Reuters, Dadang Tri

CHAKA Khan doesn’t sing to win awards.

The 70-year-old music icon has enjoyed a career spanning several decades and is the latest singer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but insisted that even though she is “honoured” to have received such an accolade, the main reason she is a musician is because it is why she is here in the first place.

She told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “I’m honoured. I’m truly honoured. I’ve got lots of accolades, lots of awards, you know, and it’s been a beautiful experience because people have been letting me know how they feel about me and that means more than anything. I don’t sing for awards. I do because God put me here to, and this is what I love to do. This is my calling.”

The ‘I’m Every Woman’ hitmaker went on to add that she is often shocked at how much she has achieved in life but is sure that her success will continue and explained that she always wants her fans to “love” her music first and foremost,

She said: “I look at my body of work and I say, ‘My goodness, when did I have time to do all this stuff?’ I know it’s gonna continue. Not my music only, but music, good music period, is something that’s going to be with us forever. Because it is a very special communication.

“I got these accolades and stuff, not because I strived to get them. When I record a song, my first question is, ‘Will the people love it? Will they want to listen to it? Will they hear what I’m saying?’ That’s the most important part of it to me.”

– BANG SHOWBIZ

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