Prince's Top Ten Career Milestones

Prince passed away April 21, 2016 at the age of 57

Born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winner of seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He sold over 100 million records in his career which spanned five decades. Prince released ten platinum albums and achieved 30 Top 40 hits. He also wrote and produced hits for numerous artists including Chaka Khan, The Time, Sheila E., and Vanity 6, and released music by legends Patti LaBelle and George Clinton on his NPG record label.

He also starred in the movies Purple Rain, Under The Cherry Moon, Sign o' the Times, and Graffiti Bridge.

Prince passed away on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. Take a look back at this list of his top 10 greatest career milestones.

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October 27, 1982 - '1999' released

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Prince released his1999 album on October 27, 1982. It was certified triple platinum and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It featured the hits "Little Red Corvette," Delirious" and the title tune. The Time and Vanity 6 opened his1999 tour.

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June 25, 1984 - "Purple Rain" soundtrack released

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Prince released his Purple Rain soundtrack on June 25, 1984. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The album was inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame. He also starred in the movie with Apollonia, The Time, his band The Revolution, and actor Clarence Williams III. The film opened January 1, 1984 and grossed over $80 million.

Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for Purple Rain: Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special, and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the title song. He also won a third Grammy that year for Best Rand Song for composing Chaka Khan's cover of "I Feel for You".

In 1984, he became the first artist to simultaneously have the number one album (Purple Rain), number one song ("When Doves Cry"), and the number one movie (Purple Rain).

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March 25, 1985 - Academy Award for 'Purple Rain'

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On March 25, 1985, Prince received an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner presented the award. Prince accepted the Oscar with Wendy and Lisa from his band The Revolution.

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April 22, 1985 - 'Around The World In A Day' released

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On April 22, 1985, Prince released Around The World In A Day. The album was certified triple platinum and featured the hits "Raspberry Beret" and Pop Life."

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March 30, 1987 - 'Sign o' the Times' released

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Prince. Michael Ochs Archives

On March 30, 1987, Prince released his Sign o' the Times album. The album was certified platinum including the title tune which hit number one, and "U Got The Look" featuring Sheena Easton. The concert film, which Prince directed, was released November 20, 1987.

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June 20, 1989 - 'Batman' soundtrack released

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On June 16, 1989, Prince released his Batman soundtrack. It was certified double platinum featuring the number one hit "Batdance."

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February 8, 2004 - Grammy Awards Opening Performance

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Prince and Beyonce performing a medley of his hits opening the 46th annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2004. Getty Images

On February 8, 2004, Prince opened the 46th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California performing a medley of his hits "Purple Rain," "Baby I'm A Star," and "Let's Go Crazy" with Beyonce. They also sang her hit "Crazy in Love."

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March 15, 2004 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

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Prince performs at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 19th Annual Induction Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel March 15, 2004 in New York City. Getty Images

On March 15, 2004, Alicia Keys inducted Prince into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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February 4, 2007 - Performed at Super Bowl 41 in Miami

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Prince performs during the 'Pepsi Halftime Show' during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami , Florida. Getty Images

On February 7, 2007, Prince performed at halftime of Super Bowl 41 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The performance consisted of three songs from Purple Rain  ("Let's Go Crazy", "Baby I'm a Star" and the title track), along with cover versions of "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix, the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" and "Proud Mary" by Ike and Tina Turner.

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June 27, 2010 - BET Lifetime Achievement Award

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Prince receives BET Lifetime Achievement Award June 27, 201. BET

On June 27, 2010, Prince was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, and Janelle Monae were among the artists performing a tribute to him.