Prince is considered for a Congressional Gold Medal for “Changing the Arc of Music History”
The US Congress is considering awarding Prince a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to both music and “Minnesota and American culture.”
Introducing the resolution to Congress on Monday, Minnesota Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said: Dance.
“With this law, we honor his memory and his contributions as a composer, performer and musical innovator. Purple reigns supreme in Minnesota today and every day because of it.
MP Ilhan Omar, co-sponsor of the resolution, added: “Prince is an icon of Minnesota. I remember when I first arrived in 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 change the world. He didn’t just change the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map. Places like First Avenue, Uptown are landmarks because of Prince.
She continued, “He didn’t just change the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map.
The resolution – which requires the support of at least two-thirds of the Senate and House to pass under the law of Congress – calls Prince “one of the greatest musicians of his generation,” and says that he was a “participant and supporter of the local Minneapolis arts community.”
If the resolution to award Prince a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal is accepted, the medal will be presented to the Smithsonian Institution and will be on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress. Previous recipients of the award include former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US President and First Lady Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and civil rights activists Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.
Prince’s verified Twitter account – which is managed by his estate – tweeted on Monday urging U.S. Prince fans to contact their local representatives and senators and “encourage them to support this monumental praise of talent, cultural impact and l ‘Prince’s historical legacy’.
The Prince Estate encourages all American Prince fans (and families) to contact their local representatives and senators and encourage them to support this monumental praise of Prince’s talent, cultural impact and historical legacy.25 October 2021
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958, Prince has established himself as one of the most prolific names in pop music, releasing 39 solo albums, selling over 150 million records and winning seven Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and an Oscar for his score for 1984 Film Purple rain, which also marked his acting debut.
He was a renowned multi-instrumentalist, lending his talents on bass, drums, and keyboards, but was best known for his abilities as a guitarist, where he presented tight rhythmic chops and mind-blowing solos.
Three posthumous records have been released under Prince’s name since his death in 2016: Piano and microphone 1983 (2018), Originals (2019) and Welcome 2 America, which declined in July.