Stevie Wonder: If Michael Jackson Was the 'King of Pop,' Prince Should Be the 'Emperor'

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27:  Musicians Prince (L) and Stevie Wonder perform onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Stevie Wonder: If Michael Jackson Was the 'King of Pop,' Prince Should Be the 'Emperor'

Check out the letter he penned in honor of Prince.

Published May 3, 2016

As the world continues to mourn the loss of PrinceStevie Wonder recently put some of his thoughts down on paper, penning a touching letter in honor of his good friend. Wonder has been vocal about the loss of Prince since the news broke, sharing memories and sentiments detailing the ways in which the two inspired each other musically. 

In the piece for Rolling Stone, he wrote, “If Michael [Jackson] was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor.”

“Prince fought for his artistic freedom,” Wonder continued. “He didn't allow anyone or anything to get in his way. By following his own path, Prince took music to a whole other place, like the Beatles did. He wanted to change the way things were, like Marvin Gaye did. When you do that, you have to be very sure of yourself.”

He also went on to discuss his own personal appreciation for Prince’s creative vision, saying that, “Prince’s music was so picturesque that even I could see it.”

“I could see his boss Mr. McGee, who thought Prince was never going to be s**t,” he wrote. “I could see Old Man Johnson's farm. I could feel that ‘Purple Rain’ too. Prince's songs were that vivid, the images were that strong.”

The musician also touched on the last conversation the two shared, where they discussed making the world a better place.

"When Prince and I spoke last, we talked about how we needed to fix this world,” Wonder wrote. “All this bullcrap about getting our country back and 'Make America Great Again' — it's always been great. We just have to stop people filling their minds with lies and prejudice and open them up to the possibilities."

Read Stevie’s heartfelt tribute in full here. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


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