OUTKAST star ANDRE 3000 modelled himself on Prince as a kid - so he could attract girlfriends better.

The HEY YA! hitmaker inducted the pop superstar into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in New York last night (15MAR04) - and paid glowing tribute to the PURPLE RAIN star.

Andre gushed, "He asked us if we'd do it and we said, 'Hell, yeah.' When PRINCE ROGER NELSON's first album came out I was three years old.

"When I was maybe twelve a cousin of mine had style and all the girls in high school, and he adopted Prince for his soundtrack, so I really adopted that."

16/03/2004 17:26