Tyka Nelson Honors Late Brother Prince at the 2016 AMAs
'Prince defied the odds: a black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different.'
While the 2016 AMAs was an event filled with revelry, lightheartedness, and fun, it also acknowledged one lost music legend whose memory won't soon be forgotten.
On Sunday evening, Tyka Nelson took the stage to honor her late brother Prince, whose song "Purple Rain" won the award for Best Soundtrack.
"Prince defied the odds: a black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world," Tyka said.
"He had the courage to be different," she continued. "With his vision and God-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists. But what he told me was that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter, and, with 984 titles to his credit and counting, he has done just that."
"In the words of Prince, 'with love, honor, and respect, for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases and we all become one being singing one song.' On behalf of Prince," she said, "a wonderful friend, teacher, and brother, I humbly accept this award. And me, my brother Omar, my brother Alfred, my sister Sharon, my sister Noreen, and my brother John, we’ll keep this for you at Paisley Park until we see you again. This is for you."
Prince Rodgers Nelson passed on April 21, 2016 of an opiate overdose. Considering the artist's constant messages of "love, honor, and respect," an acknowledgement of his life couldn't have come at a more appropriate time.