In celebration of African American culture and music, today’s featured biography is on the famous musician and songwriter, Prince. Known as one of the most influential artist of his time, Prince is notorious for his acrobatic performances, lively and entertaining shows, and his immense talent for integrating entertainment and music that everyone could enjoy. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7, 1958. Both of Prince’s parents were musicians and Prince showed his natural love for music at the young age of three, where he would attempt to play any instrument put in front of him. Throughout high school Prince was a member of multiple bands and signed a record deal with Warner Brothers Records from 1977-1993. Though Prince recorded many controversial songs, many of his albums sold well and reached the Billboard’s Top 25. The albums Prince, Dirty Mind, and Controversy all went gold. Prince’s music was inspired by and incorporated elements from musical genres like jazz, pop, and instrumental. While some songs were provocative and sparked controversy, Prince also produced love ballads and party anthems. In 1984 Prince hit the height of his career with the release of the album Purple Rain, which sold thirteen million copies and became one of the highest selling tracks of all time. The film Purple Rain which starred Prince, was also a box office hit. Prince earned many awards throughout his career including six Grammy Awards, Radio & Records’ Top Urban Contemporary Artist of the Past twenty Years, World Music Award, entry in the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1994, BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist in 2006, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award in 2005. Today we remember Prince as an iconic musical legend!
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