He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BET Awards.
Prince and his wife, Manuela Testolini, backstage at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, Calif., in 2004.
FILE - In this April 26, 2008 file photo, Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Born in Minneapolis, Prince received his love of music from his father, who played piano in a jazz band.
Prince is 57 years old.
However, the health scare didn't stop Prince from pressing ahead with a party at his Paisley Park studios on Saturday (16Apr16).
It was previously reported that authorities were called to a medical emergency at the Minnesota estate at around 9.43am but did not immediately identify that the body was that of the "Little Red Corvette" singer.
Celebrity website TMZ, citing sources close to the star, was first to report Prince's death at the home in Paisley Park, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator in the studios. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.
Prince's private jet made an emergency landing in IL earlier this month for what was reportedly a medical issue. His representative subsequently assured fans the singer was battling a nasty bout of the flu.
Across a career that spanned well over three decades, Prince released 39 albums and selling over 100 million copies. His sound was as unique and transfixing as he.
Prince left his imprint on so many aspects of popular culture - from movies to sports to politics. #TRUTH - Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders)R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon - Shaquille O'Neal (@Shaq)We just lost a ton of heavy groove. "It was just really powerful".
Prince is a music legend.
He became a star when he released his hit single 1999, released in 1979. He was signed to the Warner Brothers music label as a teenager and became an worldwide superstar with hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss.
Prince also gave a leg-up to other musicians such as Sheila E. He also wrote for other performers, including Sinead O'Connor (Nothing Compares 2 U) Sheena Easton (Sugar Walls) and the Bangles (Manic Monday). His 1984 album "Purple Rain" is often described as one of the greatest of all time. "I want everything.'" Touré told WBUR about the icon.
I had originally been planning to do a tribute of YouTube videos like I did with David Bowie back in January, but I'd forgotten how amazingly anal Prince was about posting his music on the Internet.
One of the 80's best selling and most talented artist, Prince was found dead in his home today. His sexually free lyrics interspersed with funk, rock, pop and soul only served to increase his popularity and Prince continued to be one of the most of the most enduring musicians over forty years.