Prince has died at the age of 57. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, he championed "the Minneapolis sound" and also took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom by changing his name from Prince, to an unpronounceable symbol.
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," said his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure.
Prince won seven Grammy Awards and earned 30 nominations. Five of his singles topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10. He won an Oscar for best original song score for "Purple Rain."
Sad day for music.