Seven Magical Prince Moments

Prince passed away April 21, 2016 at the age of 57

One of the most shocking deaths in music history was announced on April 21, 2016: Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 A.M. after being found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Over his phenomenal four decade career, he was one of the greatest, and most influential recording artists of all time. As a guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer,  entrepreneur, and style maven, he set the standard for generations of musicians who will be forever inspired by his trailblazing accomplishments. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he won seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and sold over 100 million records.

President Barack Obama praised the legendary musician who performed at The White House in June 2015. He said, "Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle (Obama) and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince." He continued, "Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and Roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. 'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative," Obama stated. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.‎"

Here is a list of seven magical moments in Prince's legendary career.  

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February 4, 2007 - Super Bowl 41 in Miami, Florida

Prince performing during halftime of Super Bowl 41 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

Prince displayed his magnetic stage presence and extraordinary talent when he performed for 74,000 live fans, and 140 million people watching on television, during halftime of Super Bowl 41 between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. His seven song set included covers of classics from Jimi Hendrix ("All Along The Watchtower"), Ike and Tina Turner ("Proud Mary"), and Queen ("We Will Rock You"). He had the crowd partying to "Let's Go Crazy" and "Baby I'm A Star," and he left everyone in awe with his signature tune, "Purple Rain." It was one of the greatest Super Bowl performances ever.

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February 8, 2004 - Performs with Beyonce at 46th Annual Grammy Awards

Beyonce and Prince performing during the 46th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2004. M. Caulfield/WireImage

Two of the most dynamic and charismatic artists in the world, Prince  and Beyonce, united for an unforgettable performance at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. They opened the show, electrifying the audience with a medley of his hits "Purple Rain," "Baby I'm a Star," and Let's Go Crazy," and her debut solo single, "Crazy In Love," which was nominated for three awards, including Record Of the Year. That night, Beyonce tied the record of five Grammys won by a female artist in one year, a record she smashed in 2010 when she received six awards.

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March 25, 1985 - Academy Award for Best Original Song Score

Prince accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song Score for 'Purple Rain' with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman on March 25, 1985 at the 57th Academy Awards presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Academy Awards

Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score (Purple Rain) during the 57th Academy Awards which were presented March 25, 1985 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. He was accompanied by his band members Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.

Watch Prince's Oscar acceptance speech here.

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March 15, 2004 - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Prince being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 15, 2004. KMazur/WireImage

On March 15, 2004, Alicia Keys inducted Prince into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. He performed a historic set, including "Let's Go Crazy," "Sign O' the Times," and "Kiss."

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January 22, 1990 - Receives American Music Award of Achievement

Prince. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

On January 22, 1990, Prince became the second artist (following Michael Jackson) to receive the special American Music Award of Achievement. It was presented by Anita Baker at the 17th Annual American Music Awards. Mariah Carey and Katy Perry are the other stars who have received this honor.

In his acceptance speech, Prince said, "A great source of inspiration is the notion that creating new music is like meeting a new friend, and with that in mind, I tend to try to create something I've never seen before." He continued, "I guess I like surprises. I hope you do too. I can't thank you enough for this."

Watch Prince receiving the American Music Award of Achievement on January 22, 1990 here

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June 27, 2006 - Tribute to Chaka Khan at BET Awards

Prince and Stevie Wonder performing a tribute to Chaka Khan during the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 27, 2006. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

On June 27, 2006, Prince performed with Stevie Wonder in an unforgettable tribute to Chaka Khan during the BET Awards at the  Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Their set included her iconic "I Feel For You" which he composed and earned a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1985. They ended with her classic "I'm Every Woman" featuring Yolanda Adams and India Arie.

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2011 - 'Welcome 2 Tour'

Prince performing on his 'Welcome 2 America Tour' in 2011. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

From 2010 through 2012, Prince performed his Welcome 2 Tour throughout North America, Australia and Europe. In announcing the tour, he stated each concert would be completely unique, saying, "Come early, come often. I have a lot of hits... no two shows will be the same."

Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, and Whoopi Goldberg were among the celebrities who emerged from the audience to jam with him on stage. His opening acts included Chaka Khan, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green, Esperanza Spaulding, and Sheila E. The tour featured a 21 night residency in California including 12 concerts during April and May 2011 at The Forum in Los Angeles.