Prince (musician)

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Prince
Background information
Birth name Prince Rogers Nelson
Also known as Jamie Starr
Christopher
Alexander Nevermind
Joey Coco

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
The Artist
Born June 7, 1958 (1958-06-07) (age 55)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Genres Funk, R&B, rock, pop, New Wave, Minneapolis sound, synthpop
Occupations Musician, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, clavinet, drums, percussion, saxophone, harmonica, Linn Drum
Years active 1976–present
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

Prince Rogers Nelson (better known as Prince) (born June 7, 1958) is an American singer and musician. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been known for blending erotic lyrics with funk rock and technology. He has had ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career.[1] His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide.[2] From 1993 to 2000, Prince changed his name to a symbol looking something like this: O(+> . 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 has been a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6.[1]

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. This was the first year he was eligible.[3] Rolling Stone has ranked Prince No. 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4]

Career[change | edit source]

Prince released his first single, "Soft and Wet", in 1978. It reached number 92 in the Billboard 100. In 1979 "I Wanna Be Your Lover" was number one for two weeks in the American R&B singles chart.

Prince released his third album Dirty Mind in 1980. Rolling Stone gave the album four and a half stars.[5]

In 1982 Prince released his fifth album 1999. "Little Red Corvette" was released as the second single. Prince had his first number one single, "When Doves Cry", in 1984. The single he released after that, "Let's Go Crazy", also reached number one. In 1985 Around the World in a Day was released. The album's first single "Raspberry Beret" reached number two in the Billboard 100. Prince's next number one "Kiss" was in 1986. It won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "U Got the Look" was released in 1987. It reached number two in the Billboard 100.

In 1990 Sinead O'Connor reached number one with her cover of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Prince was angry about this.

In 2006 the second single from Prince's album 3121 entered the Billboard 100 at number 60. This was the highest number a Prince single had entered the chart at for years.

In 2014 it was reported that Prince will be signed to Warner Bros. again.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Over the years Prince has been romantically linked with many celebrities. These include Kim Basinger, Madonna, Vanity, Sheila E., Carmen Electra, Susanna Hoffs, Anna Fantastic, Sherilyn Fenn,[6] and Susan Moonsie of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6.

Prince was engaged to Susannah Melvoin in 1985.[7]

He married his backup singer and dancer, Mayte Garcia, on Valentine's Day, 1996. They had a son, Boy Gregory (born October 16, 1996). He who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week after birth.[8] Prince and Mayte divorced in 1999. In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony. Testolini filed for divorce in May 2006.[9] He has been in a relationship with Bria Valente since 2007.[10]

Prince became a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001.[11]

Studio albums[change | edit source]

Filmography[change | edit source]

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

Awards and nominations[change | edit source]

Grammy Awards[change | edit source]

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[change | edit source]

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

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 History of Rock and Roll, Thomas Larsen, page 243. Google Books. http://books.google.com/books?id=vGJ7XmA8rjIC&pg=PA243&dq=formerly+known+as+Prince#v=onepage&q=formerly%20known%20as%20Prince&f=false. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. "Newspaper gives away Prince CDs". BBC news. 2007-07-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6899478.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  3. "Tavis Smiley". pbs.org. April 27, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200904/20090427.html.
  4. Thompson, Ahmir (March 24, 2004). "100 Greatest Artists". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/prince-19691231.
  5. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/dirty-mind-19810219
  6. Daly, Steven (December 1990). "Sherilyn Fenn – Is she the sexiest woman on television?". The Face.
  7. Elan, Priya (September 20, 2008). "Purple Reign". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/20/1.
  8. Kennedy, Dana; Sinclair, Tom (December 20, 1996). "Prince's Saddest Song". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,295564,00.html.
  9. Levy, Daniel S. (July 27, 2006). "Prince's Wife, Manuela (Partner of five years), Filed for Divorce". People. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1219521,00.html.
  10. Willis, Peter (May 7, 2010). "Prince- World Exclusive Interview: Peter Willis Goes Inside The Star's Secret World". The Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/07/05/prince-world-exclusive-interview-peter-willis-goes-inside-the-star-s-secret-world-115875-22382552/.
  11. Hoffman, Claire (November 24, 2008). "Soup With Prince". The New Yorker (New York). http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2008/11/24/081124ta_talk_hoffman#ixzz0WgnOe2m.

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