Famed singer, songwriter, and musical innovator Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were Mattie Della (née Shaw), a jazz singer and pianist, and songwriter John Lewis Nelson.
Prince became interested in music at a very young age and learned to play the piano, guitar, and drums. His parents separated when he was about 10, and he and his sister split times between their parents’ houses. He eventually ran away and then moved in with their neighbours, the Anderson family. In high school, Prince formed his band Grand Central (later called Champagne) with André Anderson.
Awards & Recognition
Prince got worldwide fame in the 1980s with the albums’ 1999′ and ‘Purple Rain,’ the latter also serving as the soundtrack for the famous film of the same name. Throughout his illustrious career, He was nominated for a whopping 38 GRAMMYs. A 7time Grammy winner, Prince had a prodigious output that included later albums like Diamonds and Pearls, The Gold Experience, and Musicology.
Prince was also presented with the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award in the year 1985. His 1987 album, named as Sign O’ The Times, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2017.
During the 1980s, Prince had a long on-and-off relationship with a guitarist in Prince’s band the Revolution, singer-songwriter Susannah Melvoin. He was also involved in a romantic relation with drummer extraordinaire Sheila E.
Family & Kids
Prince, in fact, did become a father to a son named Amiir Nelson. At the time, Prince was married to his first wife and a dancer named Mayte Garcia, whom he met when she was merely 16 years old. The two got married on Valentine’s Day 1996 when Mayte turned 22, and he was 37. In the same year in October, Mayte gave birth. However, his child died shortly after a week when he was born, due to Pfeiffer syndrome.
This syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects a baby’s bone structure when they’re in the womb. Although the disease isn’t always fatal, many babies will end up getting many surgeries to correct skeletal issues. The couple was very private about their personal loss and got divorced in 1999.
Later in 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini as his second wife, who had then been employed by one of his charitable organizations. Their marriage ended up in 2006. After their divorce, Prince had a relationship with one of his musical protégées, singer Bria Valente.
In 2016, April 21, Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. It marks the 4th anniversary of Prince’s untimely death. Prince tragically passed away at the age of 57 due to an accidental drug overdose.
His death was shocking and tragic, especially for fans all around the world because nobody was aware of the opioid addiction that Prince had. The musician was very private and kept this part about his life hidden — as he kept many aspects of his personal life hidden. After his death, people mourned the world’s loss and wished they knew the artist better.
Tributes to a profound, unique artist poured in from fans across the globe, as evidenced by memorials and celebrations of his work. With love coming primarily from the city where Prince was born and continued to live, thousands of mourners sang “Purple Rain” in downtown Minneapolis on the night of his death.
Usher gave a sensational performance at ‘The GRAMMY Salute to Prince’ with FKA Twigs and Sheila E.
During the Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY special on April 21, Usher hit the stage and wowed Salute to Prince. His tribute performances of “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss” would have really made Prince proud. He was later joined on stage by FKA twigs and Sheila E., who showed off her sexy dance moves during the performance. This performance was recorded at the 2020 GRAMMYs.
All the incredible artists came together to pay tribute to the music icon. Other performers like Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., John Legend, Chris Martin, Miguel, St. Vincent teamed up with Misty Copeland, the ballet dancer for exceptional performance. Every artist brought their own unique flair to their performances of Prince’s hits, making this one of the most memorable tribute concerts in a while. Actress and comedian Maya Rudolph hosted the special.