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Prince Biography

Birth Name:
Prince Rogers Nelson
Birth Place:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor, director, producer

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


  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1984Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): winner
  • 1984Grammy-Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: winner