Grammys Mourn Prince – See Statement From Grammy Awards Recording Academy
The Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammys, is mourning Prince.
As Gossip Cop reported, the music legend died on Thursday at age 57. A cause of death has not been released. Celebrities and public figures are now paying tribute, including Neil Portnow, the president and CEO, of the Recording Academy. He says in a statement furnished to Gossip Cop:
“Our GRAMMY family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.”
Prince earned a total of 32 Grammy nominations over the course of his iconic career, with his first coming in 1984 for “International Lover.” The following year, Prince took home three wins at the 27th annual Grammys. They were for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (“Purple Rain”), Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (“Purple Rain”), and Best R&B Song (“I Feel For You”).
Prince’s most recent win was in 2008 (“Future Baby Mama” – Best Male R&B Vocal Performance), while his last nomination was in 2010 (“Dreamer” – Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance). Two of his albums, Purple Rain and 1999, have also been honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Now, sadly, the Grammys will be paying tribute to Prince at next year’s ceremony. He is pictured above at the 2015 Grammy Awards.