Prince's 'Lifetime Achievement,' in videos
As we reported last week, BET is awarding Prince a "Lifetime Achievement" award during their televised awards ceremony this Sunday evening. To prepare, we've amassed a selection of our favorite moments from Prince's lengthy and often astounding career.
Dig, if you will, a handful of Prince's finest moments cataloged on YouTube -- at least the ones that haven't yet been pulled by his ongoing Purple Reign of Terror over the internets.
Prince steals the spotlight during George Harrison's posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His Purpleness was also inducted this night, and more than earned his distinction with a guitar solo that is regarded in several YouTube clips as the "greatest guitar solo ever" as Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Harrison's son Dhani play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Prince totally owns the Superbowl. After years of bland, lip-synced performances, Prince breathes some life back into the Superbowl Halftime Show with covers of "All Along the Watchtower," the Foo Fighter's "Best of You," and killer renditions of "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain."
Prince debuts "Purple Rain" at First Avenue. A night for the history books, to be sure, this footage of the debut performance of "Purple Rain" at the Mainroom in 1983 recently made its way through fan sites.
Prince causes Tipper Gore to fly into a tizzy with that song about grinding. You know those "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" labels that started showing up on CD cases in the late '80s? It was all started when Tipper found her 12-year-old grooving out to one of Prince's most well-known odes to a sexually charged woman, "Darling Nikki."
Total pop culture domination. Aside from his own massive catalog of hits, Prince lent his talents to other major acts of his time, playing guitar on Madonna's Like a Prayer, collaborating with Tim Burton for the Batman soundtrack, and of course penning the Bangles hit "Manic Monday."
Of course, no pop star's accomplishments can be boiled down to a handful of measly video clips -- leave your own favorite Prince memories in the comments section.
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