“Prince Day” Declared By Minnesota Governor For Singer’s Birthday
June 7 will be “Prince Day” in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton announced on Monday.
One day before what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, the governor declared Tuesday to be “Prince Day” in his honor. A signed proclamation reads, “Prince (Rogers Nelson) was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and whereas Prince’s artistry, music, and brand showcase his outstanding contributions to music and the arts and entertainment industry, and whereas Prince was one of the best-selling recording artists of all-time; a prominent singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist, he went on to create revolutionary music and an iconic identity, which later inspired a movie, known as Purple Rain.”
The official document continues, “Prince was a seven-time Grammy Award winner and the winner of a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and multiple American Music Awards and Minnesota Black Music Awards, ultimately securing himself a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Prince was considered a music industry innovator, a mentor, and a humble philanthropist; and whereas Prince was the creator of ‘The Minneapolis Sound,’ a contribution not only to the global catalogue of music genres, but to Minnesota’s worldwide prominence and its economic growth.”
“The untimely passing of Prince on April 21, 2016 impacted millions and has been marked with tributes and celebrations of his life and music across the world,” states the proclamation. “Prince Day will be celebrated in Minnesota on June 7, 2016, Prince’s birthday; and whereas Minnesotans are encouraged to wear purple on Prince Day in honor of The Purple One’s enduring legacy.”
The governor’s announcement led “Prince Day” to become a trending topic on Twitter. As Gossip Cop has reported, the superstar died in Minnesota at his Paisley Park estate in late April. Last week, it was revealed Prince’s cause of death was an opioid overdose.