Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation declaring tomorrow — Tuesday, June 7, 2016 — as “Prince Day” in Minnesota.
Tomorrow would have been Prince Rogers Nelson’s 58th birthday. The legendary singer who covered all genres of music and won many fans over three decades died on April 21, 2016 at his famous Paisley Park residence in Chanhassen, Minn.
The order by Governor Dayton was done to “celebrate Prince’s life and many contributions – not only in arts and culture, but also in his many acts of service to his fellow Minnesotans,” according to a statement from the Governor’s office.
Part of the proclamation reads:
“…Prince was a seven-time Grammy Award winner and the winner of a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and multiple American Music Awards and Minnesota Black Music Awards, ultimately securing himself a spot in the Rock&: Roll Hall of Fame. Prince was considered a music industry innovator, a mentor, and a humble philanthropist;
and WHEREAS: Prince was the creator of The Minneapolis Sound,” a contribution not only to the global catalogue of music genres, but to Minnesota’s worldwide prominence and its economic growth; and WHEREAS: The untimely passing of Prince on April 21, 2016 impacted millions and has been marked with tributes and celebrations of his life and music across the world…”
After Prince’s death in April, there were many tributes including spontaneous street celebrations and artists singing Purple Rain and other songs. Over the weekend, legendary film director Spike Lee held a Prince house party in Brooklyn.