Prince was created Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later changed his name four times. Prince after released the records 1999 and Purple Rain, cementing his celebrity status.
The vocalist got international success together with the launch of his 1982 album, 1999, and went to make the movie and record Purple Rain (1984).
Throughout that time, he was more often called “the musician once called Prince,” and his new symbol had not been adopted by the majority of enthusiasts.
In 2004, after many years of comparative obscurity, Prince returned to the limelight to perform in the Grammy Awards with Beyonce Knowles. That spring, he released Musicology having a tour that became the top concert draw in America. The record won two Grammys. His next album, 3121, premiered in 2006. That year, he composed and performed “Song of the Heart” for the animated movie Happy Feet, and won a Golden Globe (best first tune) for the composition.
Prince can be said to be a perfectionist who’s exceptionally protective of his music. He writes, composes and creates many his music, and plays all the instruments on his records.
Prince presents an award in The BRIT Awards February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photograph by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)