Dionne Warwick

amfAR honored Dionne Warwick with its Award of Courage
amfAR honored Dionne Warwick with its Award of Courage (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for amfAR)

Dionne Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest US hitmakers charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 between 1955–1999. She is the second most-charted female vocalist during the rock era and one of the most charted vocalists of all time, with 56 of her singles making the Hot 100 between 1962–1998 (12 Top 10s) and 80 singles in total—either solo or collaboratively—making the Hot 100, R&B, and/or Adult Contemporary charts. Dionne ranks #74 on the Billboard Hot 100’s “Greatest Artists of All Time.”

During her career, Warwick sold more than 100 million records worldwide and she has won many awards, including six GRAMMYs. She has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame. In 2019 she won the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. Three of her songs—“Walk On By,” “Alfie,” and “Don’t Make Me Over”—have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Warwick received a Kennedy Center Honor in December 2023.

A tireless advocate, Warwick served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. In using music to support her activism, Warwick performed in the all-star charity single, “We Are the World.” She also made recording history with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder with “That’s What Friends Are For,” a number-one hit from 1985 and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness for AIDS. The single raised millions of dollars as a benefit for amfAR.

Currently, Warwick is working on a gospel album, the forthcoming Songs of Inspiration. The first single, “Peace Like a River,” was a duet with Dolly Parton. Dolly wrote the song and Dionne’s son/manager/producer Damon Elliott produced the single and co-directed the video. The second and current single from the album is a duet with Damon entitled “I Kneel.” Damon, who is a GRAMMY winner and Oscar nominee, wrote and produced it. The documentary, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, is currently streaming on HBO Max. Dionne has been dubbed the Queen of Twitter (now X) for her outspoken comments on social media, the basis for a recurring Saturday Night Live parody skit. Dionne continues to tour nationwide.