Miguel is proud to be compared to Prince but wants to "carve" his own name in the music business.
The 'Coffee' hitmaker considers it a huge compliment for people to mention his name in the same sentence as the pop legend but he hopes once people hear his songs they will recognise him for his own sound.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the Q Awards, he said of the Prince comparison: "I think that is a huge point of reference for people because he is the only ethnic person that became an icon that really mixed sounds and textures of multiple genres of music.
"So if that is the only point of reference that most people have, it's a compliment. If you think the consistency ... essentially with consistency I hope to carve out my own name and people to start knowing that there are things that are definitively me and no one else. But I do take it as a huge compliment. I'll never be Prince to me."
Miguel - who has just unveiled the Vanessa Hudgens-starring video for 'Waves', the latest single from his album 'Wildheart' - has earned sex symbol status due to his raunchy songs and videos.
The 29-year-old singer is happy to be a heartthrob to his fans as he believes sensuality is an important part of music.
He said: "I guess I embody a few things man and that's part of my personality so I am not mad at it being a part of it. There is a lot more to be discovered I suppose."