In the 1950s, B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music, with an impressive list of hits including "You Know I Love You," "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta Love," "You Upset Me Baby," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sneakin' Around," "Ten Long Years," "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel", "On My Word of Honor," and "Please Accept My Love."
King won a Grammy Award for his 1970's recording of "The Thrill Is Gone"; which was a hit on both the pop and R&B charts. King's mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love." King's mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love."
King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980. In 2004 he was awarded the international Polar Music Prize, given to artists "in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music." In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, becoming one of the first artists to be honored by the museum.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked B.B. at #3 on its list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time."