|Birth name||Prince Rogers Nelson|
|Also known as||Jamie Starr
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
|Born||June 7, 1958
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|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Paisley Park, NPG, EMI, Columbia, Arista|
|Associated acts||The Revolution; Wendy & Lisa
The New Power Generation
The Time; Morris Day
Vanity 6; Apollonia 6
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. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. 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."
Career[change | change 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.
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 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. Prince released a new single on April 19 called "The Breakdown".
Personal life[change | change 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, and Susan Moonsie of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6.
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. Prince and Mayte divorced in 1999. In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony. Testolini filed for divorce in May 2006. He has been in a relationship with Bria Valente since 2007.
Studio albums[change | change source]
- For You (1978)
- Prince (1979)
- Dirty Mind (1980)
- Controversy (1981)
- 1999 (1982)
- Purple Rain (1984)
- Around the World in a Day (1985)
- Parade (1986)
- Sign "O" the Times (1987)
- Lovesexy (1988)
- Batman (1989)
- Graffiti Bridge (1990)
- Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
- Love Symbol Album (1992)
- Come (1994)
- The Black Album (1994)
- The Gold Experience (1995)
- Chaos and Disorder (1996)
- Emancipation (1996)
- Crystal Ball (1998)
- The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (1999)
- Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999)
- Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2001)
- The Rainbow Children (2001)
- One Nite Alone... (2002)
- Xpectation (2003)
- C-Note (2003)
- N.E.W.S (2003)
- The Chocolate Invasion (2004)
- The Slaughterhouse (2004)
- Musicology (2004)
- 3121 (2006)
- Planet Earth (2007)
- Lotusflow3r / MPLSound (2009)
- 20Ten (2010)
Filmography[change | change source]
|1984||Purple Rain||The Kid||Albert 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 | change source]
Grammy Awards[change | change source]
|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 | change 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 | change source]
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- "Newspaper gives away Prince CDs". BBC news. 2007-07-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6899478.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Tavis Smiley". pbs.org. April 27, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200904/20090427.html.
- 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.
- Daly, Steven (December 1990). "Sherilyn Fenn – Is she the sexiest woman on television?". The Face.
- Elan, Priya (September 20, 2008). "Purple Reign". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/20/1.
- Kennedy, Dana; Sinclair, Tom (December 20, 1996). "Prince's Saddest Song". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,295564,00.html.
- 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.
- 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/.
- 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.