Tuesday 28 January 2020

Tributes flood in for 'genius' Prince

Prince's shock death has prompted emotional tributes.
Prince's shock death has prompted emotional tributes.

Prince's shock death at 57 has prompted emotional tributes from his showbiz peers who hailed the performer a "genius".

Sir Mick Jagger said the star's talent knew no bounds.

The Rolling Stones frontman tweeted: "Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. Prince was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. Prince was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years."

Bandmate Ronnie Wood wrote: "I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer/guitar player. Sleep well Prince."

Sir Paul McCartney said: "Saddened by Prince's death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music."

Pop star Justin Timberlake said he was an idol who lived up to all his expectations.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram he wrote: "Some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him.

"It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music ... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written."

Referring to the location where much of Prince's Purple Rain was filmed, rapper Lupe Fiasco wrote: "In Minneapolis right now ... and it's raining ... Prince ..."

TV host Oprah Winfrey referenced another song from that soundtrack, saying : "Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince."

A statement from Grammy Awards organiser The Recording Academy said the seven-time winner was " Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape."

Actor Samuel L Jackson and singer Robbie Williams both described Prince as a "genius", while Katy Perry said: "And just like that ... the world lost a lot of magic."

Actor Russell Crowe said Prince was "the greatest live act I ever saw", and Beach Boys star Brian Wilson paid tribute to his many talents, saying: " Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy."

KISS Singer Gene Simmons described Prince as a "giant", while DJ Zane Lowe said: "You will always be The Greatest".

Actor Kevin Bacon posted a video of Prince performing, adding: "Lots of guitars gently weeping today #Prince #RIP."

Former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who said he had been a big fan of the singer since his early 20s wrote: "Saw him live only a few months ago and he was as brilliant as ever."

Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker said he had hoped to collaborate one day with "one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time".

The Rev Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, calling him "a transformer", and singer Lenny Kravitz said he was "heartbroken" to have lost a "musical brother".

Music producer Quincy Jones tweeted: "RIP to @prince ... a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon."

Film director Spike Lee wrote on Instagram: "I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor."

Britney Spears wrote: "Here's to one of the strongest spirits the world has ever known."

Apple boss Tim Cook referenced the singer's innovation as a musician, writing: "Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace."

Rapper Missy Elliott said Prince's music had "inspired so many", and Sharon Osborne said: "There are no words to describe this loss."

Duff McKagan from Guns n' Roses said: "What do we do now? PRINCE. No. I hope you weren't in much pain ... your music saved me time and again."

Singer Chaka Khan posted a picture of herself with Prince on Twitter, adding: "I LOVED him, the world LOVED him. Now he's at peace with his Father. Rest in power, @prince, my brother."

Prince is the latest in a long line of big names to die in the first few months of 2016.

TV presenter Bill Oddie wrote: "Ronnie Corbett,Victoria Wood, now Prince. Almost makes you believe there is some bad bad karma killing all the joy in the world. He was life."

TV personality and actor Lenny Henry said: "I'm in total shock - this is another terrible tragedy. I've been a huge Prince fan since Purple Rain in 1984."

Kerry Gordy, who managed Prince's record label, paid tribute on Good Morning Britain.

Speaking to the ITV programme from Los Angeles, Gordy said: "He was amazing. It was truly a fantastic run that we had."

He added: "He was a great songwriter, he was a great producer, he was a great arranger and he was a great musician. Not only was he a guitar player - he was a keyboard player, he was a drummer, he was a bass player, he did all of the instruments and he did all of the arrangements.

"He was a total talent as opposed to people who just do one thing ... he did everything. He will be remembered for a person who was truly multi-talented."

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