Prince Rocks The Billboard Awards, Is Given The Icon Award

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princePrince was honored at this year’s Billboard Awards Ceremony as an icon and The Purple One did not disappoint. In Paisley Park fashion, Prince graced the stage donning a 1970s afro and bell bottoms. Always strapped with his guitar in hand, Prince showed cats, young and old, just how he became a living legend, doing songs like, “Let’s Go Crazy” and “FixYourLifeUp”.

The 54 year old star, was never one to put his business out in the street, unless it was about his music and that type of discreetness is what makes people keep knocking at his door, time after time to work with him. It is what keeps fans coming back for more, because instead of concentrating on who Prince is dating, fan are able to focus solely on his musical genius.

His list of hits and timeless masterpieces stem all the way back to the 1970s, with songs like “I Feel For You” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.  Prince’s timeless hit, “Purple Rain” still sends people into nostalgia.

Prince has managed to sustain himself in the industry by not only building a royal musical empire but by creating and launching the successful careers of others like, Sheila E, Vanity, Carmen Electra, and The Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Role Hall of Fame in 2004, the very first year that he was eligible. It takes many rockers a lifetime to be inducted.

Prince is a pioneer for artists worldwide. The singer, writer and producer stood up to those in the industry, who tried to back him into a corner, when others did not know how to, by changing his name to a symbol, in order to take control over his career. He taught others how to stand in the face of adversity and he is still the prototype for successful musicians everywhere. At 54, he does not look a day over 30 and leaves women in awe. More than the “it” factor, Prince just “is”.

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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