U.S. Congress Considers Awarding Congressional Gold Model to Prince

A bipartisan legislation introduced to the United States Congress on Oct. 25 seeks to award the Congressional Gold Medal to late pop singer-songwriter Prince.

The bill, introduced by a full Minnesota delegation in Congress, seeks to award the highest civilian honor from Congress to the pop superstar to recognize his “legacy of musical achievement and an indelible mark on Minnesota and the culture of the United States.”

The bill also noted that Prince — who was born Prince Rogers Nelson — was “widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation.”

Prince died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 due to an accidental fentanyl overdose.

“The world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it — he touched our hearts, opened our minds, and made us want to dance. With this legislation, we honor his memory and contributions as a composer, performer, and music innovator,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said in a statement.

Representative Ilhan Omar said that Prince “showed that it was okay to be a short, Black kid from Minneapolis and still change the world.”

Under congressional rules, the legislation would need support from two-thirds of the House and Senate before it can be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

If the medal is approved, the bill seeks for it to be given to the Smithsonian Institution for public display, particularly at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Previous recipients of the award include George Washington, the Wright Brothers, and Rosa Parks.


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