Prince performs in New York in 1980. Prince won seven Grammy Awards, and earned 30 nominations. Five of his singles topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10.
He performs at the Palladium in New York in 1981.
Prince at the Lyceum in London in 1981.
Prince and Apollonia Kotero in a scene from the movie "Purple Rain," which was released in 1984.
Prince, seen here on set, won an Oscar for the original song score for the classic film.
Prince performs in New York in 1984. Controversy followed the singer and that, in part, made his fans adore him more. His 1984 song, "Darling Nikki," details a one-night stand and prompted the formation of the Parents Music Resource Center. Led by Al Gore's then-wife, Tipper Gore, the group encouraged record companies to place advisory labels on albums with explicit lyrics.
Prince performs at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in 1984.
Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in 1985, in Inglewood, California.
Prince performs live at the 1985 Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. He created what became known as the Minneapolis sound, which was a funky blend of pop, synth and new wave.
Prince in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.