Kathleen Battle headshot, 1998. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
Kathleen Battle attends the NAACP Image Awards on February 14, 1999. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Kathleen Battle performs at the American Music Awards, 2008. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Kathleen Battle performs in the Metropolitan Opera/John Copley production of 'l'Elisir d'Amore' ('The Elixir of Love,' by Gaetano Donizetti), 1991. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)
Soprano Kathleen Battle as Sophie in opera Der Rosenkavalier. (Photo by Johan Elbers/Getty Images)
Kathleen Battle performs on stage in New York City, 2013. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Child 13/Getty Images)