Biography: Birth name Gladys Maria Knight Spouse Les Brown (1994 - 1997) (divorced) William McDowell (12 April 2001 - present) James Newman (1960 - 1964) (divorced) 2 children Barry Hankerson (1974 - 1979) (divorced) 1 child Won on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour at 7. She has 3 children from her two marriages. Aunt, by marriage, of singer Aaliyah (she was married to Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson). Sister of Merald Knight, cousin of William Guest, and Edward Pattern. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames (as a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips) in 1996. With the Pips, appeared on the final broadcast of the Ed Sullivan Show.