There was nobody quite like Prince, whose legendary life and career will be celebrated with a one-of-a-kind concert, Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, on CBS on Tuesday, April 21. In each and every one of his 57 years on this planet, he lived a truly one-of-a-kind life. Born into poverty—"We used to go to that McDonald's there," he told Rolling Stone in 1985. "I didn't have any money, so I'd just stand outside there and smell stuff. Poverty makes people angry, brings out their worst side. I was very bitter when I was young."—he took an undeniable talent, an unparalleled work ethic, and a otherwordly stage presence and turned himself into one of the world's most unforgettable stars.
Every step of the way, he lived life on his own terms. So as we mourn another year without him, let's celebrate a life well lived by remembering 20 of the most fascinating moments from it, each one a reminder that there truly will never be another one like him.
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince airs Tuesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. on CBS and streaming on CBS All Access.
(Originally published on April 21, 2019 at 3 am. PT.)