WATCH: Alicia Keys inducts Prince into Rock HofF

Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 15:46:12-04

In 2004, music icon Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was inducted by fellow singer Alicia Keys.

"There are many kings, King Henry VIII, King Soloman, King Tut, King James, King Kong, The Three Kings, but there is only one Prince," Keys said in her opening speech.

"Because of him, I've never wanted to be like anyone else but myself. Because of his music, my music has wings to be different. He is the inspiration that generations will return to until the end of time. So yes, ladies and gentleman, throughout history there have been many, many kings--both real and mythological--they have born sons, but none of them can touch the rays of this man who stands alone," she said of Prince.

Watch the full induction speech below:

During his acceptance speech, Prince spoke about how important it was for him to have freedom to produce his music his way as well as the importance of having spiritual mentors on his side.

"And a word to the young artists..a real friend or mentor is not on your table. A real friend and mentor cares for your soul as much as they do the other one. This world and it's wicked systems becomes harder and harder to deal with without a real friend or mentor. And I wish all of you the best," he said. Read his full remarks here.

Prince died Thursday, April 21, at his home in Minnesota. He was 57.