Prince

Debut album at age 19, first platinum album at 21, two Billboard top 20 singles by age 24, Prince wasted no time becoming the star he knew he was meant to be. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, this massively prolific multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter only gained momentum from the late 70s to the time of his shockingly unexpected death in 2016. With constant, practically year-to-year self-reinvention, Prince effortlessly mixed rock, funk, pop, R&B, and jazz, seemingly at whims, but always with design, to produce the inimitable brand of music with which only he can be credited. Stepping, gliding, spinning like a dervish on stage and delivering his trademark boyish yet masculine vocals and guitar playing virtuosity, Prince is indisputably one of the forever kings of pop.