Yesterday was a very sad day in the music world. Music icon Prince was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in an elevator at his Minnesota studio. The 57 year old legend’s music knew no bounds. Neither does the love of the “Artist” throughout the world. Since the news broke of his untimely passing, tributes and memorials draped in purple have been seen around the globe in remembrance. Celebrities who were fortunate enough to work with or encounter the private musician have shared how he touched their lives.
Prince was a gift, a genius and a reminder that we have no limits. Perhaps the most tremendous thing Prince showed us is how music can be the closest expression of freedom. His songs defied all the rules and taught us to let go of boundaries placed on us by the world and by each other. The only person who can keep chains around us and box us up is ourselves. He never gave in. I’m grateful for his example. I’m that much more free because of Prince. I hope he’s found his place where he can create endless magic, mystery and music forever. The power in his songs moved me always. His music left me changed forever. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, there is only one Prince.”
I painted this at the Grammy museum last year glorifying the greats!!!!! MJ, James Brown and Prince! I am thankful for everything this man has given us and he will live forever in my heart!
This is coming from a place I never knew existed in my heart. You were so special to me your presence the Music we created the dance-off’s we used to have the laughing we shared. The funk oozing out of you was un-controllable. I’m not quite sure what to do with myself but I will miss you forever and always. I love you my dear kind friend. May all my prayers go to his family the whole band (you know who you all are, I love you all so much) anybody who felt even one little bit of what I was lucky enough to experience face to face, and let us keep alive the one thing he new would last forever, his music. I love you P. I will never forget you. Love your Rita.
“Throughout the years, and all of my crises, Prince was always there for me,” she told ET in a statement. “During my bankruptcy, he asked me to go on the road with him. When I made the decision to retire, he called me and told me that I had a gift and that I could not stop now. He was like my big brother, always looking out for me. No other artist has meant as much to me as he did. He was always there for me giving me his support. I will miss him so much,” she added. “He was as special of a friend as he was a brilliant talent. My condolences to his family. Good night, sweet Prince.”
Even POTUS and Google took a moment to honor the king of purple.
President Barack Obama
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
I’m not Google or a celeb who has grooved with him, but Prince was a huge part of my childhood. I have a fond memory of sitting on my grandmother’s porch on a summer day. The ice cream truck had just left and I was enjoying my firecracker bombpop when my mother turned on the stereo inside the house. “Adore” came blasting out of the speakers and through the open windows. My mom sang along at the top of her lungs and I remember thinking “more old people music” lol. I had no idea that that song would become one of my favorite songs in the world. It was all about the memory back then, but I grew to learn that music was about the feeling.
Prince said it best, “Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” Prince and his music definitely meant a whole lot to a whole lotta people.
ABC 20/20 will air a special broadcast reporting on the untimely death and incredible life of Prince. “20/20 Prince: Death of a Legend” airs tonight at 10pm ET.