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Chaka Khan Loses Weight, Resembles Nicki Minaj (PHOTOS)

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Chaka Khan may have celebrated her 59th birthday just this past March, but now its time for a new celebration in honor of her dramatic weight loss.

Khan revealed her slimmed-down figure at the 38th Anniversary Benefit Concert For Jazz in Atlanta, The Daily Mail reports, the result of a healthier lifestyle she's adopted since being diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. (Khan even championed greater awareness about heart disease earlier this year, donning a Chris March gown and walking the runway in the Heart Truth's annual Red Dress Fashion Show.)

The past few years seem to have been dedicated to getting healthy. In February, Khan, who has been sober for eight years, opened up about her battle with substance abuse in a segment of ABC News' "Cause Celeb" with celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch.

"I'm just a human being and scared most of the time like everybody else is," she said, referencing her public struggle with drug and alcohol use. "I don't regret anything in my life because... it made me the amazing chick that I am."

The singer has also been rallying the support of her fans via Twitter, some of whom say that side by side pics of a young Chaka closely resemble Nicki Minaj. Khan agreed, saying she does see the similarity.

PHOTO: Chaka Khan before and after.

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