Three hours into the 2015 Grammy Awards, Prince walked onstage to present one of the night’s few televised awards, Album of the Year. It’s an award he’d been nominated for twice, losing both times. In 1988, his album Sign ’O’ the Times lost to U2’s The Joshua Tree, which stings to learn as a Prince fan, but is not wrong.
Eighties digressions aside, it was an interesting choice to have the two-time loser, onetime robbed Prince present. Before announcing the nominees, Prince stated, “Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” It was classic Prince, in a full orange getup and Afro wig, giving zero cares about what you think. Because he’s earned the right to say and do whatever he so pleases, much to the public’s delight.