The Purple Rain star’s sister Tyka Nelson accepted the gong on behalf of his estate

His tragic death sent shockwaves across the world earlier this year, and now Prince has been honoured with a surprise American Music Award.

The Purple Rain star won the Top Soundtrack gong for the 1984 album Purple Rain.

The iconic star has actually won an AMA for the Best Pop/Rock Album in the year which is was released, but it was double honoured over 20 years later.

Prince became eligible for the award because the album hit no.2 on the Billboard 200 following his death earlier this year.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson picked up the award on behalf of her late brother and put on a united front with her family, despite reports of a rift because of his estate.

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Tyka Nelso accepted the gong on behalf of her late brother

Speaking at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Tyka said: “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. He’s still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

“What he told me was that he wanted to be known as the world’s most prolific songwriter,” Tyka continued.

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.”

In an emotional final message, she said: “On behalf of Prince, our wonderful friend, teacher, and brother, I humbly accept this award. 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.