It's been four weeks since Prince passed away and we're not over it, and we don't think we ever will be. How can someone as funky, as cool and as talented as Prince not be immortal? If you had told us that he was actually a sexy vampire we would have believed that way before we would have believed that he would be taken from us so suddenly (and at such a young age).
But if we were to look at one positive thing that came out of Prince's death, it's the ongoing celebration of his music and unmatched talent through personal tributes, magazines, TV segments and articles like this. Prince was so ingrained in the fabric of my childhood that I didn't realize how big of a fan I was until after he passed away. He was just one of many artists that were part of the soundtrack of my life. Prince was extra special to me because he was one of my big brother's absolute favorite musicians. He introduced me to Prince, made me watch Purple Rain even when I wasn't supposed to, and when he passed away from colon cancer in 2013, hearing Prince's music was one of the things that brought my brother back to life for me again. Are there bigger Prince fans out there? Most likely, but who cares? I never understood why people get up on their high horse after an artist's death, specifically about how they're the better fan because they have all his songs, own 30 t-shirts or went to concerts before they passed on. If the death of a musician sparked a newfound passion for their music for someone who wasn't a fan before, I can't imagine why that would be a bad thing.
There is no shame is being someone who has just recently discovered Prince and his music. So if you're a fledging Prince fan, or someone who has since developed a new appreciation for his music, don't be shamed into hiding it. Join the Prince Revolution and keep his memory alive with these 10 classic, must-see performances all Prince newbies need to see!
10 Prince Playing Gershwin
9 Purple Rain Live At The American Music Awards
8 Prince Makes His Guitar Weep
7 Prince Plays Arsenio Hall
6 Prince's First Television Performance
5 Prince At The Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
4 Prince Sings A Cover Of "Creep" At Coachella
3 Prince Super Bowl Performance
2 1991 MTV Video Awards
1 MTV Unplugged
Why is this performance so great? Because it showcased everything that we love about Prince; his amazing guitar playing skills, his smooth-as-silk voice, his cup of sexiness that runneth over and best of all, his sass. It's the side of him that he doesn't always show but on his 2004 MTV Unplugged performance, he playfully gives the crowd side eyes when their sing along is a little too off-key for his taste and makes them sing it again. Prince interrupts himself mid-song to let the crowd know that he wrote "Cream" when he was looking at himself in the mirror naked. Watching it is bittersweet because as great as this performance was, it also remind us that we may never see the likes of Prince again. Rest easy Purple One. You are so missed.
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