Another legend lost: A tribute to Prince

The talented entertainer Prince once said, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life,” and that is exactly what his fans have done since the announcement of his death Thursday.

The 57-year-old singer-songwriter passed away in his Minnesota home, but the cause of his death is still unknown.

This past weekend, Prince’s remains were cremated in what was described as a “private and beautiful ceremony” with family, some friends and his musicians in a private, loving ceremony to say their goodbyes, according to CNN.

Fans gathered outside the fence wearing purple, Prince’s iconic color.

Also, this past Saturday, “Saturday Night Live” paid tribute to the rock star, airing old footage of him and his celebrity friends, paying their respects with stories of their experiences.

Prince dedicated himself to his art, which manifested itself in his  music and image.

He was an innovator and left this world with many admirable accomplishments. He did everything on stage, from vocals to guitar to drums.

Prince also appeared in “Purple Rain,” a film based on his early life.

Other films the legend appeared in include 1989’s “Batman,” “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Graffiti Bridge” and “Risky Business.”

Here is a look at some of Prince’s most notable achievements:

1. Prince received 37 Grammy nominations over the course of his career.

2. Prince had five No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “Batdance” and “Cream.”

3. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” in 1985.

4. His album “Purple Rain” is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest albums of all time.

5. He wrote hit songs for other artists such as “Manic Monday” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

6. He had a falling out with his record label over creative differences, which led to a decision to change his stage name to the famous and unpronounceable Love Symbol.

7. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

8. He was nominated 23 times for the American Music Awards.

Music will not be the same without him, but he left the world with this sentiment: “All people care about nowadays is getting paid, so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do.

“I’d rather give people what they need rather than just what they want.”

This is eternally resonant, as the world has to say goodbye to one of the best artists it has ever seen.