Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince wasn’t your average Midwesterner. The American singer/songwriter was known for his extravagant sense of style, wide vocal range, and funky musical sound that blended funk rock, new wave, and synth-pop. Just one year after his first record was released in 1978, Prince’s self-titled second album went platinum. By 1984 he started calling his backup band The Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack to his first film. The album spent 24 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts and launched him into superstardom.
In 1993, Prince was involved in a contract dispute with Warner Bros and defiantly changed his name into an unpronounceable symbol. Some called this“the love symbol” – a blend of male and female icons. Prince won seven Grammys and six American Music Awards for his songs, plus a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and is still one of the most beloved figures in music history.