Minnesota’s Congressional delegation have introduced a bill called the Prince Congressional Gold Medal Act to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to music legend Prince.
The bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), calls on Congress to honor the pop legend with the highest civilian honor for his “legacy of musical achievement and… indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture.”
“The world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it — he touched our hearts, opened our minds, and made us want to dance. With this legislation, we honor his memory and contributions as a composer, performer, and music innovator. Purple reigns in Minnesota today and every day because of him,” Klobuchar said in a statement.
“He not only changed the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map. Places like First Avenue, Uptown are landmarks because of Prince,” added Omar. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to give Prince the recognition he deserves.”
163 people, including George Washington, the Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, have so far been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Prince Rogers Nelson died on April 21, 2016, of an accidental drug overdose at age 57.
(Photo: Mike Ruiz/The Prince Estate)
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