Prince Honored By Animal Rights Group

Prince received a special award at the 14th Annual Genesis Awards on Saturday, March 18, in recognition for his new album, "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," and the pro-animal rights message Prince included in the liner notes.

Sponsored by The Ark Trust, Inc., a national animal-protection organization, the annual Genesis Awards were held in Beverly Hills, California, and was hosted by TV actors David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier) and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me").

The Artist was on hand to pick up the Dolly Green Special Achievement award, which honored his continued commitment to animal rights and animal-welfare issues. In the notes to "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," Prince writes about how some 8 million sheep die every year from disease, neglect, and exposure.

"Many people believe shearing helps animals who would otherwise be 2 hot," he states. "But, in order 2 avoid losing any wool, ranchers shear sheep be4 they would naturally shed their winter coats, resulting

in millions of sheep deaths from xposure to the cold. Respect all of God's creatures."

Other artists/works receiving 2000 Genesis Awards include the feature films "Instinct," "The Iron Giant," and the TV production of "Animal Farm." MTV was also recognized in the category of reality programming for its "Road Rules: Semester At Sea" series.

In related news, Prince is attempting to release "So Far, So Pleased," with co-lead vocals from No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, as the next single from "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," but needs permission from No Doubt and Interscope Records before he can do so.

In a message posted on his new official Web site, located at www.NPGonlineLTD.com, Prince says that he is hoping to shoot a video for "So Far, So Pleased," and has reached out to Stefani and No Doubt's management, but has yet to hear word back.

No Doubt may be waiting until after the release of its new album, "Return

Of Saturn," on April 11 so that the "So Far, So Pleased" single will not be in direct competition with No Doubt's current single, "Ex-Girlfriend."