The Most Iconic Moments From Prince’s Career
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Prince will always be remembered as an icon in music. The “Purple Rain” singer distinguished himself as a real innovator, pioneer, and musician for a new generation by challenging traditional masculine stereotypes. As odd and unique as they come, he was in a league of his own. Below, we present to you these 10 iconic moments inside Prince’s career; but believe us, his legacy is way longer than what’s presented.
Prince Showed the Rolling Stones Fans Who’s In charge of His Persona
The still-unknown Prince got a gig as an opening act inside a Rolling Stones concert in the 80s. When he came out all-dressed in a bikini brief and trench coat, the artist was met with racial slur and homophobic actions from the crowd. But Prince knew his worth, and continued to amaze them with an unforgettable show – clearly not bothered with what just happened.
The Controversial Word On Prince’s Cheek
A lot of people have strong feelings about Prince’s Love Symbol Album from 1992. He had been in conflict with his label for quite some time before finally going public with the word “slave” written in large, bold letters on his cheek.
His Butterfly Sanctuary Bedroom
In a 1985 interview from Rolling Stone, Prince revealed some facts about himself, including how he turned one of his guest bedrooms into a home for butterflies. Random and eccentric, that’s what Prince was.
PMRC’s Was Created As A Preventive Measure to Prince’s “Darling Nikki”
When Tippy Gore learned that her 11-year-old daughter was singing to Prince’s sexually explicit “Darling Nikki,” she formed the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in 1985 to put pressure on the record business to self-censor.
The Release of “Purple Rain”
What would Prince be, without this iconic track? The music, which builds slowly but steadily, is a true classic and an essential part of Prince’s meteoric climb to stardom.
His Dick Clack Performance & Interview
Prince made his debut on American Bandstand at the dawn of the 1980s. The singer, who was a bit of a nobody at the time, led his conversation with Dick Clark and played devil’s advocate the whole time. Moreover, he delivered some classic performances of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” on stage.
His 1991 VMAs Performance Was Unforgettable For A Different Reason
Prince was no stranger to stripping down while performing, but he truly outdid himself at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. A seven-minute rendition of his hit “Get Off” saw him take the stage in a yellow jumpsuit riddled with holes. Later on, he twirled to display his semi-naked body through from his cutaway pants.
Prince Made the Rain Pouring in His Sweet Superbowl Performance
Few solo Super Bowl performances have ever matched the magnitude of Prince’s. After belting out his 1984 smash single “Purple Rain,” Prince was showered with rain as the night came to a close.
The One-In-A-Lifetime Collaboration of Prince, James Brown, and Michael Jackson
In the 1980s, Prince’s only real competitor was Michael Jackson, and James Brown had openly criticized Prince for being a copycat. But in 1983, a miracle happened when Brown welcomed both Jackson and Prince onstage at the Beverly Hills Theatre in Hollywood, creating one of the finest performances in history.
His Remarkable Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performance
In 2004, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored both George Harrison and Prince with induction. However, event producer and director Joel Gallen asked Prince whether he would be interested in performing twice that night, once for his own induction and again for Harrison’s. Prince surprised everyone with a three-minute solo during the tribute performance of “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which will go down in music history.