Mavis Staples — Photos By: Christina Casiano April 21, 2020 12:34PM EDT 1 of 5 Mavis Staples Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Mavis Staples is an R&B and gospel singer. She got her start as part of a band with her family, The Staple Singers, in the late 50s. By the 60s, they became one of the voices of the civil rights movement, and in the 70s, they gained national success as a group. Mavis also began venturing out as a solo artist in the late 60s, and released her debut solo album in 1969. In the 80s, she met Prince, and was signed to his record label for seven years. He helped produce two of her albums in 80s, as well. In the early 2000s, the Staple Singers won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys. Mavis has also won two other Grammy Awards as a solo artist. She released her most recent album in 2019. Keep clicking through the gallery to see more pics of Mavis over the years! April 21, 2020, 12:17PM 2 of 5 Mavis Staples At Benefit Show Brent N Clarke/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Mavis Staples performs with the Celebration Gospel Choir during a benefit concert in Washington D.C. in 2019. The concert was in partnership with ‘Silence the Violence.’ April 21, 2020, 12:19PM 3 of 5 Mavis Staples’ 80th BIrthday Concert EMG/Shutterstock Mavis Staples celebrates her 80th birthday with a concert at the Ryman in Nashville. She was all smiles onstage as she belted out some of her most classic hits. April 21, 2020, 12:17PM 4 of 5 Mavis Staples At Kennedy Center Honors Shutterstock Mavis Staples attends the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, where she was honored alongside Al Pacino. Here, she listens to Barack Obama speak during the ceremony. April 21, 2020, 12:17PM 5 of 5 Mavis Staples At Grammy Awards Matt Sayles/AP/Shutterstock Mavis Staples takes the stage to accept the Best Americana Album award during the Grammys pre-telecast. She looked stunning in a sparkling red dress at the event. April 21, 2020, 12:17PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.