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On this day in music history: March 25, 1985 - Prince wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” at the 57th Annual Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA with the award being presented by actors Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. When he is announced as the winner, Prince is accompanied on stage by Revolution band mates Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin. The shy and soft spoken musician graciously accepts the honor, thanking the Academy, “Purple Rain” director Albert Magnoli, his managers, the members of his band, and God. Prince becomes only the third African American musician in history to win an Academy Award for film music, thirteen years after Isaac Hayes’ win for “The Theme From Shaft” in 1972, and just one year after Irene Cara’s win for “Flashdance… What A Feeling” in 1984.


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