On April 21st, 2016, a little before 10:00 a.m., the world came to a screeching halt when news hit that rock star Prince had died at the age of 57. Although there had been reports on April 15th that Prince's plane had to make an emergency landing and that he was hospitalized for "health complications", his rep insisted it was only because Prince had a severe case of the flu. It didn't seem like anything serious, especially since Prince performed a concert and threw a dance party a few days later, where he insisted he was fine and not to "waste any prayers" on him. So of course, it came as an absolute shock when everyone heard of his untimely passing less than a week after his hospitalization.
Within minutes of the news of his passing, the internet, and social media was inundated with people who expressed their sadness and disbelief that we were now living in a world without the musical genius of Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson was a musical prodigy who had learned how to play 22 instruments by the age of 12. He burst onto the scene in the early 80s and gave us hits like "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", "Little Red Corvette," to name a few. His music really couldn't be boxed into a specific genre - it sounded a little bit like pop, mixed with rock, mixed with R&B, with some funk and punk thrown in. It was a sound that can only be described as distinctly Prince. He was a bottomless well of musical creativity - writing and producing songs not only for himself but for several artists over the years. Rumor has it that his music vault at his Paisley Park home has enough unreleased material that he created that would give us "new" Prince music for years.
The sudden loss of Prince was devastating for many, especially for those who have been touched by his music, his talent, and his philanthropic efforts. Celebrities and people from all walks of life, from all over the world, expressed sadness for his passing by paying tribute to the musical genius who will forever live in our hearts and our songs. Here are the top 15 most touching tributes to Prince so far.
15 The Prince Street Station
14 Mother Nature AKA Prince Fan
A few hours after Prince passed away, a rainbow appeared over the sky just above his Paisley Park residence. Surely a coincidence, but a fitting one for a man whose talents could be easily described as otherworldly. Prince is well known as being a devout Jehovah's Witness and an extremely spiritual man who probably wrote the most underrated Christian-themed rock songs of all time, "I Would Die 4 U," which included brilliant lyrics that alluded to Jesus Christ.
13 Paisley Park
12 SNL says, "Goodnight Sweet Prince"
11 MTV Dedicates An Entire Weekend To The Prince
The early 80s is when most people first heard of Prince and a lot of that had to do with MTV. Back in the day, MTV introduced a brand new medium for the music industry by way of music videos. Prince, with his flamboyant style and jaw-dropping performances, was a perfect fit for MTV and essentially, both Prince and MTV helped put each other on the map during the 80s.
10 Noel Gallagher Dedicates "Live Forever" to Prince
9 James Corden' Grateful Tribute
8 Fremont Street in Las Vegas
7 Harlem Gospel Choir
6 When the World Turned Purple
5 The Art of Prince
4 Damien Escobar's Violin Weeps
3 The Cast of Color Purple Honors the Prince of Purple
2 Chris Stapleton Plays Nothing Compares 2 U
1 The Boss Honors The Prince
Who else but another legend could honor Prince so beautifully? On April 23rd, Bruce Springsteen took the stage at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center and opened up the show by singing "Purple Rain" instead of their usual tour opening song, "Meet Me in the City," as a tribute. Bruce Springsteen's powerful performance was matched by Nils Lofgren's beautifully played take on "Purple Rain's" very distinct guitar solo. Backstreet's Magazine even posted a photo of Nils watching the movie Purple Rain for a quick lesson before going on stage. If you watch only one Prince tribute, the Boss singing Purple Rain is the one performance that's a must-see.
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