The iconic musician known as Prince died on Thursday at the age of 57.
It’s a sad day for the music industry, in what has already been a difficult year with the death of legendary artist David Bowie.
Prince won seven Grammys, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2004. But what I remember Prince for the most occurred three years later when he put on one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows ever performed.
Many thought the rain-soaked atmosphere of Super Bowl XLI would hinder Prince’s halftime show. But just like it did with Peyton Manning that evening, the rainfall only enhanced his performance.
Prince brought out the best with his top hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Baby, I’m a Star,” in addition to covers from Queen, Bob Dylan, CCR and Foo Fighters.
In sports, it’s often the outdoor elements that separate the legends from the rest. The players that can take the field and use the weather to their advantage tend to be the very best. It wasn’t until that Super Bowl that I understood the same is true for musicians.
Prince’s ability to live in the moment but still use his creativity and imagination is what made him truly unique. He will be sorely missed.