With a hit LP and movie, rock's most secretive and sexy cult hero grows into a cultural phenomenon. Prince , iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was Read the cover story below:. He glittered in a white sequined cape, ornately futuristic atop a bank of speakers in the darkened hall.
Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar shaped like the singer's symbol had phallic connotations for some. A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction! Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed.