NEW YORK – The Minnesota congressional delegation on Monday introduced a resolution to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to pop superstar Prince, citing his “indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture,” he said. learned from the Associated Press.
The medal is one of the highest civilian honors in the country and past recipients include George Washington, the Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, the Navajo Code Talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Dalai Lama.
“The world is a lot cooler because Prince was there – he touched our hearts, opened our minds and made us want to dance. With this bill, we honor his memory and his contributions as a composer, performer and musical innovator. Purple reigns in Minnesota today and every day because of it, ”Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who represents the state, said in a statement.
Prince, whose hits include “Little Red Corvette”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry”, died on April 21, 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate. in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The resolution for Prince is led by Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat who represents Minneapolis in the House. The full Minnesota delegation serves as the original cosponsor, including Senator Tina Smith and Representatives Jim Hagedorn, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum, Tom Emmer, Michelle Fischbach, Pete Stauber and Omar.
“Prince is a Minnesota icon,” Omar said in a statement. “He showed it was good to be a little black boy from Minneapolis and to change the world. He hasn’t just changed the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map.
The legislation notes that Prince is “widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation,” with seven Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, an Oscar for the score for “Purple Rain” and a Golden Globe.
He adds that he is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, that he has sold over 150 million records worldwide and that “Purple Rain” has been added by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film. Registry. The bill also puts on the record of Congress the glyph it used in place of its name for some time which Prince called “The Symbol of Love.”
According to the rules, congressional gold medals require the support of at least two-thirds of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives before they can be promulgated by the president. The Prince Bill will be introduced in the House and the Senate.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist broke in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, and soared over the next decade with albums such as “1999” and “Purple Rain”. Among his other notable releases: “Sign O ‘the Times”, “Graffiti Bridge” and “The Black Album”.
If the gold medal is approved and fabricated, the bill calls for it to be turned over to the Smithsonian Institution, which should make it available for display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture or on loan. .