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Prince performing at the 2008 Coachella Festival
Born
Prince Rogers Nelson

(1958-06-07)June 7, 1958
Died April 21, 2016(2016-04-21) (aged 57)
Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S
Cause of death Accidental fentanyl and opioid intoxication
Body discovered Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S
Occupation Musician
Years active 1976–2016
Height 5'3" (160 cm)
Spouse(s) Matye Garcia
(m. 1996–1999, divorced)
Manuela Testolini
(m. 2001–2006, divorced)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, tambourine, synthesizer, clavinet, drums, timpani, violin, marimba, percussion, harp, saxophone, harmonica, Linn Drum
Labels Warner Bros., Paisley Park, NPG, EMI, Columbia, Arista
Associated acts The Revolution; Wendy & Lisa
The New Power Generation
The Time; Morris Day
Sheila E.
Vanity 6; Apollonia 6
Mazarati
The Family
94 East
Madhouse

Prince Rogers Nelson (better known as Prince) (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American musician. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He had ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. From 1993 to 2000, Prince changed his name to a glyph. Since this symbol was impossible to pronounce, people began calling him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince."

In addition to his own musical career, he was a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6.

Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. This was the first year he was eligible.

On April 21, 2016, Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota at the age of 57.

Early life

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson, on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was John Lewis Nelson who was a Jazz singer-songwriter. His mother was Mattie Della Shaw. His family was from Louisiana. He had epilepsy when he was younger. His sister was Titka Evene. He played basketball when he was in high school.

Death

Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour on April 7, 2016, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, stating that he was "battling the flu". He performed that Atlanta concert on Thursday, April 15, even though he had still not been feeling well. On April 15, 2016, while on tour, his private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. He was later admitted to hospital with flu-like symptoms. Early reports said his health was fine.

Prince was found dead at his home in Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. He was 57.

His works

Studio albums

  • For You (1978)
  • Prince (1979)
  • Dirty Mind (1980)
  • Controversy (1981)
  • 1999 (1982)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • Around the World in a Day (1985)
  • Parade (1986)
  • Sign o' the Times (1987)
  • Lovesexy (1988)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Graffiti Bridge (1990)
  • Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
  • (Love Symbol Album) (1992)
  • Come (1994)
  • The Black Album (1994)
  • The Gold Experience (1995)
  • Chaos and Disorder (1996)
  • Emancipation (1996)
  • Crystal Ball (1998)
  • The Truth (1998)
  • The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (1999)
  • Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999)
  • The Rainbow Children (2001)
  • One Nite Alone... (2002)
  • Xpectation (2003)
  • N.E.W.S (2003)
  • Musicology (2004)
  • The Chocolate Invasion (2004)
  • The Slaughterhouse (2004)
  • 3121 (2006)
  • Planet Earth (2007)
  • Lotusflow3r (2009)
  • MPLSound (2009)
  • 20Ten (2010)
  • Plectrumelectrum (2014)
  • Art Official Age (2014)
  • HITnRUN Phase One (2015)
  • HITnRUN Phase Two (2015)

Live albums

  • One Nite Alone... Live! (2002)
  • C-Note (2004)
  • Indigo Nights (2008)

Remix albums

  • Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2001)

Compilation albums

  • The Hits/The B-Sides (1993)
  • Girl 6 (1996)
  • The Very Best of Prince (2001)
  • Ultimate Prince (2006)

The New Power Generation albums

  • Goldnigga (1993)
  • Exodus (1995)
  • Newpower Soul (1998)
Movies
Year Movie Role Director
1984 Purple Rain The Kid Magnoli, AlbertAlbert Magnoli
1986 Under the Cherry Moon Christopher Tracy Prince
1987 Sign o' the Times Himself Prince
1990 Graffiti Bridge The Kid Prince
Television
Year Show Role Notes
1997 Muppets Tonight Himself Episode 11
2014 New Girl Himself Episode: "Prince"

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Prince won an Academy Award in 1985 for his song "Purple Rain".

Year Nominated work Award category Result
1985 "Purple Rain" Best Original Song Score Won

Grammy Awards

Earning 33 nominations, Prince has won seven Grammys. He also has had two albums − 1999 and Purple Rain − awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Year Nominated work Award category Result
1984 "International Lover" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
1985 Purple Rain Album of the Year Nominated
Purple Rain Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
Purple Rain Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Won
"I Feel For You" Best R&B Song Won
1987 "Kiss" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
"Kiss" Best R&B Song Nominated
1988 Sign "O" the Times Album of the Year Nominated
"U Got The Look" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
"U Got The Look" Best R&B Song Nominated
1990 Batman Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
"Batdance" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
1991 "Nothin' Compares 2 U" Song of the Year Nominated
1992 "Gett Off" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
1993 "Diamonds And Pearls" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
1995 "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
1996 "Eye Hate U" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
The Gold Experience Best R&B Album Nominated
2004 N.E.W.S. Best Pop Instrumental Album Nominated
2005 "Cinnamon Girl" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
"Call My Name" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
"Call My Name" Best R&B Song Nominated
"Musicology" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Won
Musicology Best R&B Album Nominated
2007 "Black Sweat" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"Beautiful, Loved And Blessed" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
"3121" Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
"Black Sweat" Best R&B Song Nominated
3121 Best R&B Album Nominated
2008 "Future Baby Mama" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
"The Song of the Heart" Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
2010 "Dreamer" Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is an award show by cable network MTV to honor the top music videos of the year. It was first held in September of 1984. It was to be an alternative to the Grammy Awards in the video category. Prince has won four awards from twelve nominations throughout his career.

Year Nominated work Award category Result
1985 "When Doves Cry" Best Choreography in a Video Nominated
1986 "Raspberry Beret" Best Choreography in a Video Won
1988 "U Got the Look" Best Male Video Won
Best Stage Performance in a Video Won
Best Choreography in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
1989 "I Wish U Heaven" Best Special Effects in a Video Nominated
1990 "Batdance" Best Video from a Film Nominated
1992 "Cream" Best Dance Video Won
1993 "7" Best R&B Video Nominated
2004 "Musicology" Best Male Video Nominated
2006 "Black Sweat" Best Cinematography in a Video Nominated

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