Hollywood showed up and showed out to honor Prince after his sudden passing yesterday. Come inside to see the stirring performances by Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson & the “Color Purple” cast, the “Hamilton” cast and Tyler Perry…
The world was shocked, sadden and blown away by the sudden death of icon Prince. The 57-year-old entertainer passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.
Many celebs hit social media with an outpouring of love and R.I.P.’s. They also dedicated their concerts and made TV appearances to say goodbye to their good friend, Pop icon and trend setter.
Get into these amazing Prince tributes below:
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Musical legend Stevie Wonder made an appearance on “CBS This Morning” via satellite to discuss Prince’s daring vision and to perform a touching tribute to his close friend. Check out “Purple Rain” rendition above.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Stevie held beack tears while talking about his friend’s untimely death. Check it below:
In another tribute to the musical genius:
As she continues her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour overseas, Pop diva Mariah Carey paid tribute to the late icon at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris last night.
She said, “So it’s a very sad day but we remember the life of somebody who will always be treasured.” MiMi then serenaded and comforted the audience dedicating her classic hit “One Sweet Day” to the musical icon.
Peep the clips above and below:
Back in the States….
Oscar and Grammy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo gave a surprise tribute to Prince with the cast of the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” And SLAYED.
“I did not expect to have to speak tonight, but God has his way,” Jennifer said about her good friend. “As we all know, today we lost a legend. Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine, Prince, who was dear to all of us.”
Peep their tribute above.
The cast of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” gave an electrifying performance of Prince’s 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy.” Get crazy with the cast above.
Actor/producer/director Tyler Perry shared his first encounter with the Purple One. And it’s quite hilarious! Get your laugh on below:
About 12 years ago, I was playing the Kodak Theater in LA. I was on my way to the theater when my phone rang. I answered and heard a voice that almost made me wreck the car. The voice said, “I hear you’re doing a bit of Purple Rain in your show. Do it again and I’m going to sue you… and I need 10 tickets and I’ll be there tonight.” Click. I freaked out. PRINCE HAD CALLED ME!!!
So that night I waited at the backstage door for him to arrive. I was nervous and hoping he didn’t get out of the car with 9 lawyers… lol. The limo pulls up and there he was. He got out smiling and laughing. I knew then he was joking (kinda). One of the first things he said was that he was a fan of mine. That blew me away. “Prince WHAT?” I thought. Can you say mind numbing?! Anyway, we chatted for a while, but time seemed to fly by. Soon enough, I had to get dressed and start the show.
During the play I would glance at him, and he seemed to be having an awesome time. Man! Prince was watching me perform!! And enjoying it!
Then we got to the part in the play where I had been doing a few lines of Purple Rain. I stopped and looked at him sitting in the audience. We made eye contact and he nodded to me. So, I queued the band to start playing Purple Rain and had someone bring Prince the microphone in the audience… BIG MISTAKE! He started to sing Purple Rain and the audience went CRAZY! I had never heard that kind of roar from a crowd before. 3400 people losing their minds!! He sang one verse and the audience was blown away. There was a standing ovation for him AT MY SHOW…lol. He was done singing and the audience wouldn’t stop applauding him. I still had 20 minutes to go before MY show was over. I knew at that moment that I had just been educated by royalty!! The lesson: never give your microphone to a legend at your show!!! LOL
On the rare occasion that I had the privilege to spend some private time with him, I always new I was in the presence of someone special, someone incredible, someone brilliant. Whether we were at the White House or standing in his kitchen talking, he was consistently an icon! Whether I was in a crowd of thousands watching him perform or one of the handful in his basement listening to him sing for hours, he was always consistent, always royal, always a legend, always Prince.
He gave us so much of his genius that it is impossible to forget that he walked this planet. And who would want to?
Thousands of years from now the world will still know that Prince was here.
Travel well my beautiful friend.
Ha! Loves it!
Tonight I dedicate my show to you I’ve always talked about doing a song with you on most my interviews but I can at least say I was blessed with the opportunity to sing #purplereign when they HONORED You Thanks For inspiring so many buddy.. You taught me what it means to do what you feel and stay true to the music. You will be Missed but NEVER forgotten and your Music will live forever Heaven Welcome Another Awesome Music Director I’ve got to pull it together… Loved Him
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Fantasia dedicated the first night ofher tour to the legend.
— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) April 22, 2016
Automobile giant Chevrolet served up the perfect tribute to the Purple One and his little red Corvette. Cute!