10 Artists That Channel Prince in Their Music

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  • Bilal
  • Maxwell
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Luke James
  • Prince
  • Janelle Monae
  • Miguel
  • D'Angelo
  • Alicia Keys
  • Ready for the World, Prince

Justin Timberlake, "Sexy Back"

Though JT and Timbaland often referenced James Brown's "Sex Machine" as the main influence for "Sexy Back," Prince knew what it was. The Purple One Kanye'd the 2006 Emmy's, taking the stage to tell everyone, "whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!" To his credit, Timberlake did recognize Prince as a vocal influence as well, during an interview the month before the Emmys.

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