Several politicians in the US have taken steps to have Congress award late singer Prince a gold medal for his “impact to the culture”.
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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar propposed the “Prince Congressional Gold Medal Act”. This act was propposed in a resolution which was co-sponsored and led by Omar and Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Klobuchar also said, “Purple reigns in Minnesota everyday because of him”. She also added,“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”.
Earlier this week, Omar also added that Prince showed her,“it was OK to be a short, Black kid from Minneapolis and still change the world”.
“He not only changed the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map”, Omar continued. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to give Prince the recognition he deserves”.
For this honour to be awarded to Prince, two thirds of the senate and the House must approve of it, before President Joe Biden signs it into law.
The ‘Prince Congressional Gold Medal Act’ have also asked that should it pass, the medal is shared on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The first ever medal of its kind was awarded to George Washinton over two centuries ago. 163 medal have been awarded since. The most recent musician to have received this award was the late Frank Sinatra in 1997.
Other notable global figures to have received the award include Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and the Dalai Lama.
Back in April, fans of Prince flocked to Paisley Park to pay their respects to music legend who passed away in 2016.
The estate of the late singer also recently shared a previously unreleased track called “Do Me Baby”. Check it out here.