Senate passes resolution honoring Prince

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The Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday evening honoring Prince after the musician passed away late last week. 
The resolution — from Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both Democrats — “honors the life of Prince Rogers Nelson and his achievements as a musician, composer, innovator, and cultural icon.” 
{mosads}It also also breaks down Prince’s musical accomplishments, including selling more than 100 million records worldwide and releasing 39 albums. 
Klobuchar added that while senators can frequently disagree, lawmakers all believe that “Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist, fiercely independent and uniquely talented.” 
“For Minnesotans, Prince was our superstar next door. He made ‘Purple Rain’ a household name, First Avenue a landmark, and brought international fame to Minnesota’s music scene,” she said in a statement. 
The resolution comes after Klobuchar and Franken took to the Senate floor last week to praise Prince as part of a steady stream of remembrances from politicians in the wake of his death. 
Prince was born in Minnesota and maintained a presence there during his life. The resolution touted his roots in the state, noting that he “pioneered the Minneapolis sound, which is a mixture of funk, rock, and pop … and influenced music for decades.”

Franken added in a statement that he was “glad we were able to do something in the Senate to honor this true Minnesota icon.”

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