American, 1958-2016

Prince Rogers Nelson is an American. He is an singer, songwriter, actor, musician, record producer, dancer, and filmmaker. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation.

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958, the son of jazz singer Mattie Della and pianist and songwriter John Lewis Nelson. All four of his grandparents hailed from Louisiana. Prince Rogers Nelson was given his father’s stage name, Prince Rogers, which his father used while performing with his mother in a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In 1991, He’s father told A Current Affair that he named his son Prince because he wanted Prince “to do everything I wanted to do”. He was not fond of his name and wanted people to instead call him Skipper, a name which stuck throughout his childhood. Prince Rogers Nelson said he was “born epileptic” and had seizures when he was young. Prince Rogers Nelson  stated, “My mother told me one day I walked into her and said, ‘Mom, I’m not going to be sick anymore,’ and she said, ‘Why?’ and I said, ‘Because an angel told me so.'” Prince’s younger sister, Tyka, was born on May 18, 1960. Both siblings are developed a keen interest in music, which was encouraged by their father.

prince rogers nelson
prince rogers nelson

The artist born Prince Rogers Nelson blurred the lines of gender and sexuality with his androgynous style, just as he blended different genres of music. He cultivated his own distinct look, characterized by sequins, fingerless lace gloves, cravats, cropped tops, high-heeled boots, and much more. From 1984, he became forever associated with the color purple following the success of his film and song of the same name, Purple Rain. With his unapologetic style, Prince Rogers Nelson encouraged his fans around the world to be exactly who they were.

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