Prince's Purple Rain

Prince Purple Rain
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 03, 2009

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Prince’s iconic and breakthrough film “Purple Rain,” we remember the time.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota’s native’s “Purple Rain” performance in the 1984 rock opera about a young man’s search for artistic accomplishment and love was kinetic and awe-inspiring.

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Prince’s purple feather boa adds drama to his electrifying performance at the Summit Thursday night in January 1985 before a sold-out Houston audience, the first of six Houston shows.

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Prince performs at the 1985 Grammy Awards, nabbing three awards, including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, with his band Revolution, for “Purple Rain;” Best Album of Original Score for TV or Movies, “Purple Rain,” and Prince also took Writing Rhythm and Blues Grammy honors for “I Feel For You,” recorded by Chaka Khan.

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Wendy Melvoin, Prince and other members of the Revolution accept the Oscar for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” in 1985.

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In 1984, Prince commands the stage at the opening “Purple Rain” tour.

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A theater touts Prince’s big screen debut.

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Prince connects with his audience as he takes the stage in “Purple Rain.”

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Twenty five years ago, Prince starred in his big screen biopic, “Purple Rain,” which became a cult classic, and changed the game forever with an amazing soundtrack.

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Prince revs things up on his motorcycle.

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Prince seduces with signature gestures and vocals.

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Prince adds mystery to his live performances.

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Prince gives a riveting show.

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