"I am something that you'll never understand"
Prince, also known as the Love Symbol, , singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor.
A musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range.
His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Prince's music synthesized a wide variety of influences,and drew inspiration from a range of musicians, including James Brown, George Clinton, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mick Jagger, Rick James, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Curtis Mayfield, Elvis Presley, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, Jackie Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
The way the World sees him is like a "pop polymath, flitting between funkadelia, acid rock, deep soul, schmaltz—often within the same song".
"Prince doesn't so much build bridges between categories as create music that exceeds each category simultaneously"
The Los Angeles Times called Prince "our first post-everything pop star, defying easy categories of race, genre and commercial appeal." As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant style and showmanship.He came to be regarded as a sex symbol for his androgynous, amorphous sexuality, play with signifiers of gender,and defiance of racial stereotypes. His "audacious, idiosyncratic" fashion sense made use of "ubiquitous purple, alluring makeup and frilled garments." His androgynous look has been compared to that of Little Richard and David Bowie.
He has also been noted for the strong female presence in his bands and his support for women in the music industry throughout his career.