Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Fantasia all performed tribute sets. Keys hit the stage at Manhattan’s Highlife Ballroom last night (April 21) to celebrate the release of The Gospel, her new short film and to play new songs from her forthcoming album. She also remembered Prince in numerous ways.
"We lost someone very special,” she during her set. “Prince showed me what it means to be an artist… how to be bold and brazen.” Toward the end, she played her cover of Prince’s classic piano ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Me,” from her 2001 debut Songs in A Minor album.
Carey was in Paris Thursday performing at AccorHotels Arena. She dedicated her song "One Sweet Day" to the icon. "So it's a very sad day but we remember the life of somebody who will always be treasured," she told the audience. Mariah then performed the Daydream single.
Finally, Fantasia performed a short tribute set to Prince in Atlanta, during which she gave her rendition of his famed “Purple Rain.” At the end she was brought to tears as so was, presumably, the entire audience.
Prince passed away Thursday at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota. He was hospitalized last Friday (April 15) after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He had been fighting the flu, however things seemed to be looking upward as he threw a party at his estate just a day after returning home from the hospital. He was 57 years old.
Watch some footage of what went down last night below.
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Most amazing song I've ever heard live. At a private Alicia Keys concert with about 200 guests, on the day Prince dies, she first explains her first phone conversation with Prince to get permission to perform this song (Prince allowed maybe 4 people to play his songs in his life, 1 each) then she plays "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" the song he allowed her to play, in tribute. Wow.
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