Prince’s Sister Tyka Nelson Accepts Singer’s 2016 American Music Award for Top Soundtrack

An emotional Tyka Nelson celebrated her brother’s life during the acceptance speech.

Tyka Nelson accepts the Top Soundtrack award for Purple Rain on behalf of her brother, the late musician Prince, onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2016. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In the wake of Prince’s tragic death this year, Purple Rain was rereleased, which shot the soundtrack back up the charts. And at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, the 1984 soundtrack won the Top Soundtrack award, even though it previously won the award when it first came out.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson was on hand to receive the award.

“Prince defied the odds. A black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different with his vision and God-given talent,” Nelson said. “He’s still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

She continued, “What he told me was that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter. And with 984 titles to his credit and counting, he has done just that. In the words of Prince, ‘With love, honor and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases.’ And we all become one being, singing one song.”

A tearful Nelson then accepted the award on Prince’s behalf and mentioned the rest of her siblings in the speech.

“On behalf of Prince, our wonderful friend, teacher and brother, I humbly accept this award,” she said. And me, my brother Omar, my brother Alfred, my sister Sharon, my sister Noreen and my brother John will keep this for you at Paisley Park. Until we see you again, this is for you.” 

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