10. His music covers many different genres. You have to have incredible respect for an artist who successfully crosses back and forth into multiple genres and styles of music.

11. Prince was the first artist to ever exclusively release an entire album on the Internet, Crystal Ball in 1997. And the world of music distribution was forever changed.

12. He pioneered the “Minneapolis Sound.” This hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and new wave influenced many musicians, especially throughout the 1970s.