Prince may be posthumously awarded the highest medal given to United States citizens, the Congressional Gold Medal.
Supported by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota congressional delegation proposed the bill on Monday and wants to honor Prince for his “legacy of musical achievement and … indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture,” according to NPR.
In order for the bill to be passed, two-thirds of both the House and Senate must support the bill.
“Like so many, I grew up with Prince’s music. I was always proud to say he was from Minnesota,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “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.”
“I remember when I first came to America being captivated by Prince’s music and impact on the culture. He showed that it was okay to be a short, Black kid from Minneapolis and still change the world,” Rep. Omar also shared in the statement. “He not only changed the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map.”
Prince’s achievements include seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar for best original song score for the movie Purple Rain. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota native and global musical icon, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died in 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose.