The highlight of last night’s show for me was the overdue awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Prince Rogers Nelson. In his acceptance speech, Prince thanked the crowd and said, “I do believe the future is in good hands, I’ve seen so much talent here tonight. He continued on to say, “I was pretty wild in my younger days and you don’t have to do what I do.”

I remember that wildness with “Soft and Wet”, 1978, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, 1979 and “Little Red Corvette”, in 1978.

Between 1993 and 2000, Prince chose to be known as a symbol. His name change invoked controversy and caused many to refer to him as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”, or simply “The Artist”. One of the most talented and commercially successful pop musicians of the last thirty years, Prince has ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles to his credit. He has been responsible for the careers of Sheila E, Carmen Electra, The Time, and Vanity 6. He has also written songs for Chaka Khan, The Bangles, and Sinéad O’Connor.

Prince has earned seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In that same year Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Janelle Monae gives an energetic rendition of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”

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3 Replies to “BET’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Prince”

  1. I LOVE Prince. We used to watch Purple Rain so much on my dad’s old beta that I think we caused it to skip!!

  2. Hi Jada,
    I also remember that your sister had to grow into Prince’s voice. Every time I tried to play a Prince tape in the car she would start crying and begging me to turn it off. That was during his screaming days.

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