PRINCE dominates the American Music Awards 1985

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annettemint : bahaha..Prince's face at 4:30.."Yall asses better get in line!!" I'm going to miss this genius..gone way too soon!!

Ian Leo : Man I love prince so much. Man of very few words but his music speaks for him. Ridiculously talented and I will miss him so much

realitybitesgirl : Once upon a time Michael Jackson and Prince simultaneously ruled the world.....Happy I was around. RIP to both.

Raquel Rene' : Whhaaaaatt Prince beat Michael Jackson that year!!! I was a junior in high school

Gina Sousa Branco : Prince vs Michael Jackson Purple Rain vs Triller If there was Twitter in 1985, the social networking platform would have broken for a week

ToonieMama : Prince cleaned house!! Love how Wendy held his hand.

86 GrandNational : I remember the rumor was...Michael Jackson was pissed he lost all night to Prince. They had a lil comp with each other back then. Maybe they rockin' heaven tonight, R.I.P. Prince & MJ

luname : People in the comment section seem to be losing their shit over "Black Single" In 2017 we have the Grammy for "Best Urban Contemporary Album" which is basically a category for all the black artists regardless of genre. Remember Beyonce winning best Urban Contemporary album instead of "Best Album" like Adele?

Monica Osborne-Johnson : Prince had the whitest person to carry them black awards..... I loved it

nuwavegurl : Goddamn it Prince & the Revolution were just so cool. They didn't look like no one else, they didn't sound like no one else and maybe that's because they weren't like anyone else. They were a force to be reckoned with and if I was ever in a band, I'd like to be in one like this. Absolutely amazing! I miss Prince but I thank him for introducing us to some awesome musicians along the way. And thank you for sharing, purplesnowlove.

Marq Mac : I didn't know purple rain beat out thriller

Kat : I bet the same girls in the audience screaming for Prince in 1985 were the same ones in the audience screaming for Michael Jackson a year prior in 1984. #TheseHoesAintLoyal LOL

Angel B : I love how they kept talking about "black album" this and "black songs" and he walked up there wit his WHITE bodyguard lmao he knew what he was doing! Love him rip

breanna S : I felt like they was being disrespectful and rude to him with their smart comments

Tammy Fraser : I laugh at the fools who compare the two! MJ couldn't touch Prince on his best day!!!

KJ Carson : .... Never mind what Prince had on, that glitter/plaid tux Richie wore had to be cocaine inspired. Helluv a drug,

nulezie : Why is he bringing along santa clause every time? lol

Jerissa Martinez : "Life is Death without Adventure"-Prince I will carry that with me always...

Meeyahx : crazy.... and decades later this man is still the baddest

melancholy grl : They actually had segregated categories? Crazy.

gnewt75 : Black single??? Wow. Great decade for talent emergence but the white supremacy was overt!

Carolina Martucci : well..when you beat something like Thriller..you definitely are the best of all the best ones. well done Prince.

SephoraMAC : RIP Prince "Life is death without adventure" You will be missed. Sad Day

Deb Taylor : RIP Vanity and Prince!!!

trojanfan3663 : The revolution was prince' best band...

Arolyn Rias : 80's was the best era for music! love it!!!

Kat Deluxy : "black single" Was that their way of ensuring that white people could still win since black people always dominate the music industry

Marzstar : Prince was a new sound, lyrics, with strong/sexy women who played instruments. Kept us guessing, artsy, sexy. I like his views of life & spirit. RIP

tina : Our sweet Prince.  He deserved it all and more.  What a talent.  Nobody can compare 2U Prince.  We love and miss you.  And, thank you for all the joy you brought us.

Tricia Star : Lionel Richie was hating on Prince.

Steph Fair : Went back in the audience to his seat like a BOSS!!!!!

lounicks78 : liked how he let his white band member accept the the black award

deomartinez77 : Lionel Richie's reaction to Prince winning everything is classic. He was either jealous or pissed lol.

Ruby Lioness : Favorite "Black" Single.... I'm trippin of that right now...

darius scott : this man was everything.

Kenneth Burks : did I miss the favorite white single and white album?

kyla poole : Lionel was a haterrreeee

Sales From the Crypto : Why was prince in the black category when today you can clearly see that his music crosses all cultures? As incredible as the music was back then he had not 'crossed over' into the mainstream. He was a legend in the black culture and they knew what he had. In the black culture he was bigger than michael jackson, elvis, the Beatles all rolled into one. But he was considered a "Black Act" by the entertainment industry and they did not try to cross him over at that time. One time he opened for the rolling stones, and he was booed off the stage before he ever got a chance to play. Prince described it as the rest of the crowed calmed down but there was one guy in the audience that would not stop. "I could see the hatred in his eyes". But Huey Lewis, Madonna were dominating. In that time the 'greatest group on the planet was like ' Tears for fears. It was cool though because we relished having prince as a secret all to ourselves and didn't have to share him. He sold out like 4 nights at the Joe Luis arena in detroit, and 98% of the audience was black. After the awards show is when he started getting airplay on the mainstream (white) radio stations. I remember standing in line on the west side of detroit to go see purple rain on the opening day. If you were in your 30's in that line you looked out of place, as their were mostly teenage blacks. The line was literally two blocks ling and was 4 people wide. The movie made $88 million back then which is staggering considering that the audiences were predominantly black youth. Prince did not start gaining wide crossover appeal until the 90's when he released fluffier stuff like 'pop life, rasberry burret, cream' and when he did the soundtrack for the batman movie. That is when the mainstream got a taste of who prince was. But it was never the fanatical Beatles like fan crazed culture that the black females put on him back in the 80's. The reason why there is a huge gap in knowledge and interest stems from his contract dispute from warner brothers, where for 7 or 8 years he was not able to say his own name and referred to himself as a symbol. during this time he became a major joke of the late night talk shows and commedians (long before the infamous dave chappelle skit). So a whole generation grew up having no idea who he was (like michael jackson). because his name was not mentioned and he was only referred to as a symbol. and because his old music was not being played you could not tell how great he was. So during the contract dispute time, prince released some albums to fulfill his contract that were straight up crap. However they were strategic crap as he put out crap on purpose to fulfill the contract but did not want warner to profit off of his name. When he got his name back and the rights to his catalog is when things started to come around. However the damage had been done and a generation lost. I am doing all this off the top of my head so some of the dates and sequences could be off but from my personal perspective from a Black child (boy) growing up in Detroit this is what I saw from a kid to the present.

Sandra Basket : man of very few words

Stacey Sing : Damn he went up against some HITTERS!!

robyn noyes : PRINCE PLAYED OVER 27 INSTRUMENTS ...all of them on his albums ,  and they say better than anyone...PRINCE was considered to be the best or one of  the best guitarist in the world , PRINCE produced and compose his own records with no help from anyone....PRINCE  MADE 39 RECORDS...HE also wrote all his songs alone some came to him in dreams ....PRINCES VOICE had huge vocal range from low to high and everything in between ... and the man could dance !!!!  TRUELY A ICON AND A MUSICAL GENIUS AND MENTOR TO OTHER MUSICIANS.....YOU ARE HUGELY MISSED AND LOVED !!

Elizabeth B. : That was fun seeing Prince beat Thriller!! Didn't know that. Big year1985!

Kristin Hammond : A few moments that I love from this video... seeing Prince walk onstage behind the Revolution made such a huge statement for him, which continued throughout his career (i.e. "I didn't do this by myself; I'm here to showcase the incredible talent that surrounds me; it's a blessing to be part of something larger than myself..."). And seeing Prince with his "bodyguard," his petite, womanlike frame, but he was the most dominant and masculine man in the entire world, then and always... that resonates with me. And lastly, how Wendy grabbed his hand and spoke on his and The Revolution's behalf... I thought that was incredibly touching, and showed the unbreakable bond they all shared as a band, and as good friends.

SuperStig23 : Maybe somebody can help me, I'm pretty sure it was on one these late 80's MTV live award shows that Prince did  "Sign O' The Times live"  and made everybody else look like they were at a high school battle of the bands, anybody old enough to remember back then ?  I can't find the video clip anywhere,  I must admit I "didn't get it" till I saw that performance, he stole the show, a true musical genius,  gone well before his time, the most exciting performer I've ever seen, he could play guitar almost as good as Jimmy H and put on a live show that would make even James Brown proud.

Mamakatster : Black single struck me too. But I like his Viking bodyguard, lol!

Wayne Biggs : The categories were black single" and "black album." Wtf?

James Wade : This was the Prince I loved the most. The big white body guard , the soft voice , the eyes that wonder unconsciously through the crowd. Man Love this guy. Money don't matter tonight, Because our Prince has passed on to the next life. Were on were own.

Jay Lee : Wow Black was a music genre in 1985 LOL. Ridiculousness

rashb : Here to present your favorite Black single is ... Huey Lewis?  LMFAO.  The funniest thing about this is he comes off as whiter than white in this.

MsVanillaSugar : Prince, your passing saddens me deeply😟....but GOD gave you to us to entertain us and now your work is finished. May your precious soul be truly at peace now. Love you always, Sweet Angel💘📿