Its official; Prince is musical royalty having today been inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his (outstanding) contribution to the music industry. On first hearing of his nomination Prince said the honour was not the award itself but joining the ranks of the other great musicians already inducted. Artists are eligible only 25 years after their first commercial release. Prince came on to the scene in 1978 with the album For You, making 2003 his first year of eligibility, so it was a no-brainier for the panel to induct one of the greatest solo performers of the 20th Century, at the first opportunity.
Prince opened the ceremony held in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on March 15 with a performance of Let’s go Crazy, Sign O’ The Times and Kiss, to a very appreciative audience. When invited to take the stage by Alicia Keys, Prince said that he had “embarked on a journey more fascinating than I could ever imagine” but warned “a real friend and mentor is not on your payroll”. Other inductees at the 19th annual ceremony were today were George Harrison and ZZ Top. Enjoy your year Prince, you deserve it.
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