The Minnesota congressional delegation wants to honor an iconic hometown hero with one of the highest awards given to American civilians.
The bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation calling for Prince to be posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
The bill honors Prince for his “legacy of musical achievement and … an indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture.”
The measure is led by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Ilhan Omar.
“Like so many others, I grew up with the music of Prince. I was always proud to say he was from Minnesota,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “The world is much cooler because Prince was there – he touched our hearts, opened our minds and made us want to dance. With this legislation we are honoring his memory and his contributions as a composer, performer and musical innovator. ”
The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded by the United States Congress. Only 163 people have received the medal since 1776, the first to George Washington. Other Congressional Gold Medal recipients are Elie Wiesel, General Colin Powell, Rosa Parks, Navajo Code Talkers and the Tuskegee Airmen.
The musician, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, died in 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental overdose. He left behind a legacy in pop and R&B music that spanned five decades.
Prince was only 19 when he released his first album, For you in 1978. He then developed a unique sound and style that made him endearing to generations of audiences, while exploring new horizons as an artist.
During his lifetime, Prince received several awards, including seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe. In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
It also won the Oscar for Best Original Score for the film. Purple rain. In 2019, this film was added by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
“I remember when I first came to America I was captivated by Prince’s music and its impact on culture. He showed that it was okay to be a little black kid from Minneapolis and to change the world, ”Representative Omar said in a statement. “He didn’t just change the arc of music history, he put Minneapolis on the map.”
The bill must gain the support of two-thirds of the House and Senate to be approved.
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