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Winning Nomination

Prince had a streak of successful musical events in the 80s that influenced and shaped generations of Minnesotans. First, by introducing a sound and style of blues and dance music combined with sexy lyrics and undertones that were disguised in a string of chart-topping, catchy pop tunes. His music and performances made people get dressed up on Saturday nights to go out and dance; his venue of choice, First Avenue. At his peak of popularity he starred in the semi-autobiographical film "Purple Rain," which chronicled both his music and his home state of Minnesota. The locations used in this film became tourist attractions and in many cases were reborn, contributing to a more active society and thriving tourism in and for Minnesota.
~Jenn Mattson, Moorhead, MN

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