As celebrities continue to pay tribute to Prince, who died Thursday at age 57, Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow has released a statement about the rock legends contributions to the music landscape.
Our Grammy family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time Grammy Award winner Prince,” Portnow said in a statement released by the Grammys. “Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time.
Portnow added, “Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.”
Prince last won a Grammy at the 2008 ceremony, where he took home Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He won seven total awards from the organization, including four at the 1987 awards (Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rhythm & Blues Song, Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special).
More celebrity reactions to Prince’s death can be found here.