The Purple One was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958. Over the course of his career, he won seven Grammys, an Academy Award, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and changed the music industry completely.
The star is all passion while performing.
The legendary performer is seen onstage during his Purple Rain Tour.
A candid portrait shows the singer belting out his hits in front of an audience.
Prince in character as The Kid, the protagonist of his now-iconic film, Purple Rain.
In addition to being a box-office success, Purple Rain also earned Prince an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.
Prince accepts the award for Best International Artist at the British Record Industry Awards in London.
Donning an adorned headband as part of his signature standout style, Prince smiles during a concert.
Caught in a candid moment, Prince is seen speaking with a fan at one of his album signings.
The singer dons a jacket honoring Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city where he was born.
His critically-acclaimed musical career aside, Prince was also known for his outlandish and memorable style choices.
Prince performs what was supposed to be his final ever live performance at Miami’s Orange Bowl on Easter Sunday.
Presenting at the American Music Awards in January 1986
Performing at Wembley Arena in London, his first concert there after a 5 year hiatus
Prince, in a still from his second film Under the Cherry Moon, for which his album, Parade served as the soundtrack.
Under the Cherry Moon, in which he played a gigolo who falls in love with an heiress after planning to swindle her out of millions, marked Prince’s directorial debut.
Prince performs at the Paris Bercy Stadium for thousands of fans
Wearing a see through yellow jumpsuit, Prince performs “Get Off” at the MTV Music Video Awards.
Shortly after changing his name to his symbol, the performer is seen onstage during his Act II Tour at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince celebrates the opening of his store in Camden, London.
Always full of energy, Prince performs his greatest hits during his Ultimate Live Experience Tour.
Prince sits courtside at the NBA All-Star Game, which was held at Madison Square Garden that year, next to filmmaker Spike Lee.
Prince poses for photographers alongside his first wife, backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia, at the De Beer and Versace “Diamonds are forever” charity fashion event.
Beyonce, a lifelong Prince fan, joins him onstage at the Grammys to perform a medley of his greatest hits.
Before being honored with the Vanguard Award at the NAACP Image Awards, Prince took to the stage for an unforgettable performance.
Prince performs at the Super Bowl halftime press conference two days before playing the halftime show on February 4.