In light of the sad and shocking news about music superstar Prince‘s death at 57, we recap his greatest moments in pop culture history. Prince was never afraid to speak his mind about the record industry or the issues affecting the Black community. He also gave us lasting moments with his subtle shade which we are grateful for.

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“Like books and Black lives, albums still matter. “

Only Prince would use his time at the 2015 Grammys where he’s presenting the award for Album of the Year, to remind America Black lives do indeed matter, just like the art being celebrated on that night.

Debuting his afro on ‘The View’

Embracing the natural hair movement, Prince and his afro made their debut in September 2012 during an appearance on ‘The View.’ This new hairstyle instantly became a trending topic on Twitter, with many people liking his new look.

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He kicked Kim Kardashian off stage.

Anyone who was lucky enough to attend a Prince concert, will tell you it was a one of a kind of experience. But could you imagine dancing on stage with Prince?! Only a select few are in this club, and Kim Kardashian almost was. Almost. Back in 2011, during Prince’s concert at Madison Square Garden, Kim was invited on stage to dance with him. If you watch Kim on her family’s E! reality show, you know she can’t dance or has stage fright. Kim got on stage, and well that was it. She didn’t dance and Prince kicked off her stage, cementing this moment in pop culture.

Performing with Beyonce and upstaging her.

When performing with Beyonce, not many can upstage the Queen Bey. But there was only one Prince and he succeeded during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004 when he and Beyonce were the opening act performing a medley of hits such as “Purple Rain,” “Baby, I’m a Star,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Crazy in Love.”

Shade of life: “When I sing, my microphone is on.”

Besides his music, sense of style and fashion, Prince was also known for shady moments which were subtle, but so funny! In an interview with Tavis Smiley, he let him know, “When I sing, my microphone is ON.” Also, he can’t played. “I can’t be played. A person trying to play me, plays themselves.”

When he changed his name to a symbol and was referred to as “The artist formerly known as Prince”.

During a 1999 interview with Larry King, Prince discusses changing his name to a symbol and because the media couldn’t pronounce the symbol, they began calling him, “The artist formerly known as Prince.” He clarifies it wasn’t his doing.

 

Winning back his masters.

In a highly public legal battle between he and his record label, Warner Bros., Prince famously changed his name to a symbol in the late 90s to free himself and his name from his contract. After coming to an agreement, he held a press conference announcing he was going back to his given name.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.