Rest in Peace, Prince: 1958-2016
For the second time this year, a musical legend has passed away. A few months after we said goodbye to one of the most iconic rockstars of all time, David Bowie, we’re now forced to hang up our raspberry berets and say farewell to Prince, 57. The singer had been feeling ill for weeks, and had recently cancelled shows in Atlanta. On Friday, news broke that his plane made an emergency landing so that he could be rushed to the hospital for flu complications. Now, TMZ reports that the artist known as everything from The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, to The Purple One, to simply a symbol, has been found dead in his estate in Carver County, Minnesota.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, Prince was a singer, songwriter, and actor whose subversive style and groundbreaking lyricism elevated him to the tier of rock and roll god over his forty year career. His big break came when he released the album “1999,” which would become his ticket to international superstardom. Over his career, he’s been nominated for thirty Grammy awards and won seven; he won an Oscar for his work on the film adaptation of Purple Rain; received innumerable Lifetime Achievement Awards; and gave us one of the greatest Super Bowl Halftime performances of all time. With over 100 million albums sold, he has provided the soundtrack to millions of people who have been inspired to dream big and embrace their inner Royal Badness.
The musical genius leaves behind an extensive catalogue of hits, including “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry,” and dozens more. From his outlandish fashion to the seductive embrace of kink in his lyrics, Prince brought a special shine to the music world. Today, we mourn the loss of one of the biggest musicians of all time.
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