Flava Flav's clock. The grandma in Titanic's Heart of the Ocean. Possibly others. But move over, those famous necklaces, because Prince upped the motherfucking game Sunday night at the American Music Awards. Appearing onstage to present the award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album, the locally produced sex-pop dynamo wowed attendees at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. with his daring guitar necklace.
The life-size piece was likely designed by jewelers at Gibson or Fender, and it dangled with weighty elegance Sunday, affixed to Prince's torso by a fuzzy leopard-print strap. It's 100 percent possible the Purple One, with his six-string necklace hanging behind his back, was thumbing his nose at society's antiquated insistence on wearing necklaces on one's chest. It's also a winking allusion to the fact Prince knows how to play guitar. Pretty powerful stuff.
In a crowd-shot cutaway, the pearly white statement piece especially impressed Daryl from The Walking Dead, who appeared awed by the left-field fashion risk taken by Minnesota's favorite musical son (Dylan wore earrings in the '80s, but never with this much pizzaz).
Upon receiving the award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album, R&B star the Weeknd remarked, "Make some noise for Prince, ladies and gentleman," an obvious nod the Purple One's choice to don such a striking necklace. It was clear that the Weeknd, who was wearing a silver crucifix, lost a little faith in his own jewelry-choosing ability, and perhaps his God.
Midway through his two-minute appearance, Prince felt compelled to put on his conceptual 3rdeyegirl sunglasses, another fashion win. You can watch the entire event unfold below.