Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ beats ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Star Wars’ to win posthumous award at 2016 AMAs

Posted on November 21 2016 , at 01:14 pm
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  • The Purple Rain Soundtrack, which also won Grammy awards in 1985, has sold over 22 million copies worldwide.

Prince’s only biological sister, Tyka Nelson
Tyka Nelson admitted her brother told her that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter. Credit: AFP

Prince’s only biological sister, Tyka Nelson accepted ‘Purple Rain’ award win at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

During her touching acceptance speech, she said: ‘Prince defied the odds, a black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different. With his vision, and God-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists. What he told me was that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter. And with 984 titles to his credit and counting, he has done just that.’

The late singer who died of an opioid overdose at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis on April 21, beat Suicide Squad and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to win the award at the AMAs

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The Purple Rain Soundtrack also won two AMAs back in 1985. Credit: Getty Images

In April 2016, the album, the sixth studio work of the American singer and originally released on June 25, 1984, returned to the chart at number two on the Billboard 200 after Prince’s death, selling over 69,000 copies in the following week. And in October 2016, it was confirmed that Purple Rain would be re-released as a deluxe edition.

The Purple Rain Soundtrack, which also won two Grammy awards in 1985, has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time.

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