Luther Vandross is unquestionably one of the most revered male vocalists in music history.
A singer-songwriter praised for his hits ‘Never Too Much,’ ‘Stop to Love,’ and ‘Give Me the Reason’ as well as his spins on classics ‘A House is Not a Home,’ ‘Superstar,’ ‘So Amazing,’ and ‘If This World Were Mine,’ the GRAMMY winner cemented his legendary status by delivering a bevy of R&B’s most memorable classics.
And while his legacy lacks no laud, dedicated fans would be surprised to know he was never awarded a Platinum plaque for any of the singles he released over his 25-year career. That changed this week.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) took to press Tuesday (April 20) to announce Vandross had been posthumously awarded four new plaques. See the breakdown below:
1x Platinum (for respective sales of 1 million in the United States)
- ‘Here & Now’ – Single
- ‘Endless Love’ (with Mariah Carey) – Single
- ‘Dance with My Father’ – Single
Gold (for sales of 500,000 in the United States)
- ‘A House is Not a Home’ – Single
The updated logs reveal Luther – despite having earned several Platinum and multiPlatinum-certified albums across his storied career – had never collected a Platinum-certified single prior to April 20, 2021 (nearly 16 years after his death).
A timely honor, the announcement comes on what would’ve been his 70th birthday.