Saturday 22 October 2016

From Joanna Donnelly to Bruce Springsteen – the best Prince tributes

Published 25/04/2016 | 13:08

Elton John pays tribute to Prince
Elton John pays tribute to Prince

The death of Prince last Thursday has seen some of the biggest stars in the world pay tribute. Here are some of the best ones.

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Elton John

Elton John (69) paid tribute to Prince during his sold out Caesars Palace gig in Vegas on Saturday night.

During his show he took time out to chat about the man he referred to as the "purple warrior" and related a story about at time when they both had Vegas shows.

He said he would see Prince arriving back to the hotel in the morning just as Elton would be kicking off his day.

He then sang I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues with a montage of images of Prince on the big screen.

The tribute came after Elton had posted a message to Instagram revealing his shock about the artist's death.

"This is truly devastating news," he wrote.  "The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius.. Musically way ahead of any of us.  Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour.  Rest in peace you purple warrior."

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Brooklyn concert on Saturday night with a poignant rendition of Prince's 1984 classic Purple Rain.  The entire stage was swathed in a purple haze and Springsteen wrapped up by saying, "Prince forever.  God bless."


Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor also tackled Purple Rain.  He entranced the audience at Minneapolis' First Avenue club, which was one of the settings in the Purple Rain movie on Thursday night, the night Prince died.

Saturday Night Live

SNL paid tribute to the star with an hour long episode featuring all of his SNL performances and a few sketches about the singer.

Jimmy Fallon said, "Prince has been a special presence here at Saturday Night Live for hte last four decades, from his debut on the show as a 22-year-old in 1981 to his surprise perforacne at the after party for the SNL 40th anniversary.

"Tonight we wanted to pay tribute to him by looking back at his performances on the show over the yeras and by remembering what he meant to us.

"Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently, but there was always something different about a Prince performance.  It was special, it was an event.  It was Prince.  Times have changed, styles have come and gone but no matter what, Prince has never not been cool."

Among the treats the episode aired was Prince's eight minute segment on the show in 2014.

The Game

Rapper The Game channeled his devastation over Prince's death into a song.  Rest in Purple featuring Lorine Chia kicks off with Prince's 1984 hit When Doves Cry.  He also took to Instagram to post a lengthy message about his feelings.

"Prince was such a huge inspiration to my life from a child watching #PurpleRain til the time I met him at Universal Music in 2006.... I was a fan then & I am a fan now !" he wrote.

"His death was untimely & tragic... I'm sure the world is saddened as I was when I woke up to the news today.... Long story short, @bongobytheway hit me & told me stop by the studio & record a small tribute to him & his legacy & once I heard the beat, I hit @LorineChia to do the hook..... Hope you appreciate it...."

Joanna Donnelly

Of the Irish tributes, it was RTE weather woman Joanna Donnelly who appeared to channel the feelings of the entire country with her very simple, but timely tribute.

Following Thursday night's RTE One 9 O'Clock news she paid tribute to Prince as she gave a rundown on Friday's weather.

She said, "No rain... purple or otherwise", and it went down a treat with viewers.


And the tribute that didn't quite work...

Kim Kardashian opted to pay tribute to Prince by posting a video of herself joining him on stage in 2011.  When she awkwardly failed to muster up some moves Prince kicked her off stage with an unceremonious, "Get off the stage".

She shared an image of herself on stage with the star with the caption, “I will always remember this moment with one of my favourite artists! I was so star struck I froze! RIP Prince.”

Unfortunately, Kim has been criticised for choosing this particular moment to pay tribute to the legend when this is the reality of what happened (at 35 seconds in):

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