We don’t know about you, but after the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, we have Prince on the brain. Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the singer by performing “I Would Die 4 U” with a larger-than-life Prince projection. And during the show, he projected Prince’s signature Love Album Symbol on the city of Minneapolis. Even though Timberlake’s tribute quickly became a meme on Twitter, it was still a great reminder that we need to listen to Prince all damn day today.
After the Super Bowl, Timberlake appeared on The Tonight Show to discuss his performance with Jimmy Fallon. “[Prince has] always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me. And when we decided that — like, the serendipity and synergy that we would be in Minneapolis — and that, you know, he’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT of musicians.”
You know Purple Rain backward and forward. But there’s probably a lot that you don’t know about Prince himself. Here are 10 things to know about the legendary singer.
1Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
And he stayed loyal to his home state. He later built Paisley Park, a lavish estate where he lived and recorded his music, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
2Prince came from a musical family.
His father, John Lewis Nelson, was a pianist and a songwriter. And his mother, Mattie Della, was a jazz singer. He also had two younger siblings: a sister named Tyka and a half-brother named Omarr.
3“Prince” is actually his real name.
His full name is Prince Rogers Nelson. It was inspired by his father’s stage name, Prince Rogers, who once performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio.
4During his career, Prince released 39 studio albums.
It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but it’s hard to beat Purple Rain, Sign O’ The Times, Lovesexy, and Prince.
5And he went on 29 tours.
Again, it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but the 1984-85 Purple Rain Tour was one of his best.
In 1985, he brought home two Grammys for Purple Rain and one for “I Feel for you.” Then, in 1987, he won another for “Kiss.” Jumping ahead to 2005, he racked up two more wins for “Call My Name” and “Musicology.” And finally, in 2008, he won his final Grammy for “Future Baby Mama.”
7He also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
He brought home the Oscar for Best Original Score for Purple Rain in 1985. In 2007, he won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “The Song of the Heart” from the movie Happy Feet.
8Prince died of an accidental overdose of pain medication in 2016.
The medication, fentanyl, is one of the strongest opioids available. He had hip surgery in 2008, and some close to him say that at the time of his death, he had developed an addiction to painkillers. He was 57 years old when he died.
9His Paisley Park home is now open to the public.
Even though the legendary musician is no longer with us, his memory lives on at Paisley Park. Paisley Park tours offer a glimpse into his life at home and in the recording studio.
10Prince was writing a memoir before his death.
He announced the project, tentatively titled The Beautiful Ones, just one month before he passed during a show in New York. “We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl,” he told the audience, referring to his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show performance.