Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
Prince recorded over 30 albums, and was awarded seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar. Prince’s album, Purple
Rain spent an astounding 24 consecutive weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart. In his very first year of eligibility, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His career spanning more than three decades, Prince was an artist whose music transcends not only cultural differences, but generations, too.
The talent behind such iconic songs as ‘Purple Rain’, ‘1999’, and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’, Prince has become one of the most influential artists of all time. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine recognized him as such, placing him in the top 30 of their ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ list and in 2010, he was inducted into the prestigious Grammy Hall of Fame. Interestingly, oftentimes during Prince’s career, his concert schedules would not include any Prince tour dates in the U.S. – a decision which came about after certain records performed better in the European markets.
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