Prince tributes

Goodnight Sweet Prince: Timberlake, Madonna lead tributes to late legend

Tributes from celebrities and fans around the world poured in as the passing of music icon Prince was confirmed last night.

The seven-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and producer was pronounced dead on Thursday, April 21, 10.07AM (10.07PM GMT+7) at his mansion in Paisley Park, Minneapolis by the county’s deputies after the medical unit were unable to resuscitate him with a CPR. Prince was 57 years old.

In the wake of the devastating news, fellow artists like Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Rita Ora and took to social media to pay heartfelt tributes.

It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. “Mommy, who is that singing?” Seems weird but it’s true. More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince

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He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.? This is Not A Love Song.

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Various others currently on the road also honoured Prince at their shows with covers and their own songs or, if you’re The 1975, an image of the “Purple Rain” singer on the backdrop and purple stage lighting.

Santa Barbara – Prince forever

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Mumford and Sons gave a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor, which was written by Prince, at their show in St. Paul, Minnesota.

While performing in Paris, Mariah Carey dedicated Boyz II Men-collaborated “One Sweet Day” to her friend.

Further up north, Noel Gallagher had a show in Glasgow and dedicated Oasis track “Live Forever” for the late legend, not without a touching lead-up: “So, I was in a band once. We had an album called Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and one of those giants was Prince,” he told the SSE Hydro Arena crowd. “So you’re going to help me pay tribute to the great man and help me do ‘Live Forever’.”






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