Prince

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  • Birth Name: Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Died: April 21, 2016
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Was born with epilepsy and had seizures as a child.
  • Had a mainstream breakthrough in 1984 with the film Purple Rain, in which he starred. The soundtrack album sold 13 million copies and featured the year's top-selling single, the hypnotic "When Doves Cry."
  • A racy song on Purple Rain, "Darling Nikki," so enraged Tipper Gore that she started the Parents Music Resource Center, leading to parental advisory album stickers.
  • His 1987 double album, Sign 'O' the Times, went platinum and turns up often in lists ranking the greatest albums of all time.
  • Wrote Sinéad O'Connor's 1990 single "Nothing Compares 2 U."
  • Received the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
  • In 1993, changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol and was often referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
  • Became a Jehovah's Witness in 2001.
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Was named music's top earner in 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine after banking $56.5 million that year.
  • Was the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLI.

Awards

  • 1984, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1986, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite New Song: Winner
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Carmen Electra — Ex-significant Other
  • Lorna — Half Sister
  • Mattie Shaw — Mother
  • Sharon — Half Sister
  • Omarr Baker — Half Brother
  • Troy Beyer — Ex-significant Other
  • Hayward Baker — Stepfather
  • Kim Basinger — Ex-significant Other
  • Mayte Garcia — Ex-wife
  • Sherilyn Fenn — Ex-significant Other
  • John Nelson — Father
  • Vanity — Ex-significant Other
  • Manuela Testolini Nelson — Ex-wife
  • Tyka Nelson — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Died: April 21, 2016
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Director, Producer

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