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2004 Inductee Prince

Prince

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  • Year:
    2004
  • Inducted by:
    Outkast & Alicia Keys
  • Category:
    Performers
Prince
Introduction

Prince was the rare artist that could do everything well: sing, dance, write and arrange songs, produce music and lead a band.

An astoundingly prolific—and chameleonic—songwriter, he released dozens and dozens of albums throughout his nearly 40-year career. He also invented the "Minneapolis sound," an electric and eclectic funk/R&B/synthrock hybrid that became massively influential in the '80s and beyond.

Hall of Fame Essay

2004

Rob Bowman

Concisely summing up the accomplishments of Prince is a nearly impossible task.

The undisputed heir to the funk crown worn by James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton, he is equally capable of writing and playing mind-melting rock & roll and concocting some of the greatest pop anthems of all time (can anybody say “Purple Rain”?).

Impressive as his mastery of these three ubergenres are, funk, rock and pop are just the tip of the iceberg. In the past quarter century, Prince has proved himself an alchemical genius, drawing on a wealth of vernacular American traditions including blues, gospel, soul, folk and jazz while' forging one of the most distinctive, rich and diverse bodies of recordings in American popular music history.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2004
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He’s the only man that I’ve ever seen that lights a stage on fire

Alicia Keys

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Gallery

Photography: Getty/WireImage

Backstage

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