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12 Wildest Prince Moments

Butterflies, boos and bare butts – the most outrageous episodes from a legendary career

Prince; WIldest Moments

Prince circa 1987

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"I’m no different to anyone," Prince humbly told NME in 1996. The world begs to differ. Throughout his storied career, the late icon bucked trends, overhauled tradition, reinvented fashion and never let public opinion get in the way of his flamboyant talent – all while writing, playing and performing some of the most indelible anthems in the pop canon. He was a force of nature in purple and paisley, and his life was like a series of grand adventures, experiments, missteps and the occasional (OK, frequent) detour into full-on eccentricity. These moments helped make Prince who he was, and his music what it will always be. Here are 12 of Prince's wildest moments, both onstage and off.

Prince; WIldest Moments

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Prince accepting the Lifetime Achievement award onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Prince Declares Internet “Completely Over” (2010)

There's no denying Prince was a visionary when it came to almost everything … except the Internet. A pioneer in songwriting, recording, fashion and performing, he never quite got the hang of cyberspace. In 2010, after many failed attempts to engage social media, he told The Mirror, "The Internet's completely over. … The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you." Prince's retreat from what little online life he had in the first place also resulted in a dearth of streaming music, thanks to his exclusive deal with Jay Z's subscription-only Tidal. Luckily, Prince's lack of Internet savvy was just another reason to love him.

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