Prince Rogers Nelson was a multi instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer, record producer, vocalist, activist, in fact, we may save time by listing the attributes that Prince did not possess.
A true vanguard of the music industry, Prince has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.
With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures and genres with no other contemporary artist blending so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole. Prince’s singing abilities encompassed a wide range from falsetto to baritone and rapid, seemingly effortless shifts of register. Prince was also renowned as a multi-instrumentalist,a guitar virtuoso, a master of drums, percussion, bass, keyboards and synthesizer.
Prince was also quick to embrace technology in his music making pioneering use of drum machines on his early 80s albums and employing a wide range of studio effects. He was also known for his prolific and perfectionist tendencies, which resulted in him recording large amounts of unreleased material.
A press release from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office in Anoka County on June 2nd 2016 stated that Prince had died of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl at the age of 57. Sustained and consistent rumours citing opioid addiction as the precursor to his death brought about the end of a life that was so influential, so colossal in its contribution to artistry, that it transcended genres, genders, singers.