His Purple Highness was born as Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958, the son of a pianist-composer and jazz singer. He had already taught himself to play the piano and had written his first song by the age of seven. Since his breakthrough in the early 1980s, Prince has been an indelible part of music history. He has a long list of hit singles to his name - written both for himself and for others - and has sold over one hundred million albums across the entire world. In addition, his list of honors includes seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.