The legendary artist kickstarted his career in 1978 with his debut album “For You,” followed by 38 more studio albums spanning more than four decades, including his first major breakthrough with “Wanna Be Your Lover.” His most recent, a two-part album “HITnRUN Phase One” and “HITnRUN Phase Two” was released last year on Tidal. Other iconic works, like “Purple Rain,” “Musicology” and “Parade,” contributed to his seven Grammy Awards.
Prince’s multi-instrumental talents and genre-busting range solidified him as one of the most innovative artists of all time — and his flamboyant stage presence, with platform shoes and all things purple, helped make his mark as one of the world’s top performers.
The singer is survived by the scores of contemporary artists who name the inventive artist as their biggest inspiration. The singer had a son, Boy Gregory, with ex-wife Mayte Garcia, who died shortly after birth from a rare genetic disorder.