by TV One Staff
November 21, 2016
Not many artists can say that their work continues to be awarded several decades after its original release.
During the category for Top Soundtrack at the 2016 American Music Awards, Purple Rain (1984) was introduced in the conversation among the soundtracks for this year’s box-toppers like Suicide Squad and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Although we were shocked (but not surprised, the album was phenomenal) to see a classic among contemporaries, it was the speech delivered by Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, that made our waterworks go haywire:
“Prince defied the odds — a black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different. With his vision, and God-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists. What he told me was that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter. And with 984 titles to his credit and counting, he has done just that.”
See the full speech below:
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