Tyka Nelson, Prince's Sister, Accepts AMA Honor on Icon's Behalf with Moving Speech

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Prince's sister Tyka Nelson took the stage at the American Music Awards with a message inspired by her brother, the late music legend.

"Prince defied the odds," the icon’s sister said in emotional speech.

“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, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

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Prince died in April of this year. Nelson, 56, accepted her brother's posthumous Top Album trophy for his 1984 smash Purple Rain.

"He told me he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter. And with 984 titles to his credit and counting," she said.

"He has done just that."

Nelson, a former singer herself, then ended her speech on a moving note, delivering a quote inspired fittingly "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.'" 

She said she and their siblings Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker will cherish the award.

“On behalf of Prince - our wonderful friend, teacher and brother - I humbly accept this award. We … will keep this for you at Paisley Park."

"Until we see you again."

"This is for you.” 

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