Remember When Prince Changed His Name?

By | May 20, 2019

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Prince performs onstage at The Hollywood Palladium on March 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Source: (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)

It is hard to believe that 26 years have passed since the singer Prince officially changed his name to a mash-up of symbols that no one knew how to pronounce. Prince Rogers Nelson was already a groundbreaking and innovated musician who blurred gender lines when he decided to change his name to a symbol he created that was a blend of the classic symbols for man and woman. Let’s look back at this pivotal moment in Prince’s career and how this move was ahead of his time. 

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Prince was an '80s icon. Source: (

An Out-Of-The-Box Entertainer

When Prince burst onto the music scene in the early 1980s, he was different than any other singer of his day. His music was a tantalizing mix of rock and funk with explicit lyrics that were designed to shock his listeners. His 1984 semi-autobiographical movie Purple Rain and the soundtrack album of the same name shot Prince to the top. Prince earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and had number one hits with “When Doves Cry”, “Purple Rain,” And “Let’s Go Crazy”. Follow up songs, “Kiss” and “Raspberry Beret” were also hits for the singer.