9 Touching Tributes To Prince

9 Touching Tributes To Prince


Jennifer Hudson’s incredible “Purple Rain” tribute during her Broadway musical


Only hours after Prince’s tragic death at 57, Oscar-winning performer Jennifer Hudson and her fellow cast members from the Broadway musical The Color Purple returned to the stage after the final curtain call of to address the elephant in the room. “Today we lost a legend. A legend who was a good friend of mine—Prince. I’d like you to join us in honoring Prince. He said his music would live on, and he’d live on with his music, so we’d like you to join us,” Hudson told the crowd.

What follows is the most spectacularly raw, passionate performance of Prince’s iconic hit “Purple Rain” we’ve ever heard. Watch and enjoy:


The iconic US landmarks that turned purple for Prince


Key landmarks across the US have turned purple in honor of Prince. One of the first to be transformed was the eight-lane I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in his home town of Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that the bridge, and the city’s famous Lowry Avenue Bridge, had been illuminated in purple as the state mourned with the world over the loss of a “true artist and a beloved Minnesota son.” Similar tributes were made in Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. (Source)


Google’s tribute to Prince with a “Purple Rain” doodle


Just hours after his death, Google added a new Doodle to its website, with a purple logo caught in a storm of “Purple Rain” in honor of Prince. The Doodle links to Prince-related music videos, news stories, and websites. The company also tweeted the image, complete with a quote from the pop star’s hit song “Let’s Go Crazy.”





The Snapchat filters that were added to honor Prince


Google isn’t the only company paying tribute to the late music icon. Snapchat is joining in with its tribute: a filter that adds purple rain droplets to your face, or whatever else you’re snapping photos of. It’s a reference, of course, to “Purple Rain,” one of Prince’s most iconic songs, and the title of his first movie. (Source)


The company that was forced to delete a Twitter tribute to Prince


Cheerios-maker General Mills was forced to delete a Twitter tribute to Prince after the singer’s fans slammed the company and called the tweet tasteless. Cheerios tweeted a purple “Rest in peace” sign with a cheerio in place of the dot above the letter i. It tagged the tweet with #prince.

This was viewed by some as crass commercialism. A storm of angry comments followed, forcing the Minnesota-based company to take the Tweet down.

General Mills said it wanted to “acknowledge the loss of a musical legend in its hometown,” but “quickly decided that we didn’t want the tweet to be misinterpreted, and removed it out of respect for Prince and those mourning. (Source 1 | Source 2)


The NASA tweet in honor of Prince


NASA paid tribute to Prince by tweeting a photo of the Crab Nebula in a shade of purple that recalled Prince’s song “Purple Rain” accompanied by the words “A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today.”

The Crab Nebula is the remains of a supernova, about 6500 light years from Earth. The shade of purple is artificial, created using a telescope filter.



The heartfelt note written by Justin Timberlake to Prince


Justin Timberlake is “overwhelmed with grief” with the news of Prince’s death. He doesn’t hold back his praise for his idol, crediting the musician for inspiring him to get into music as a child, admitting that there is some Prince influence in every song he’s ever written, and referring to him as the world’s greatest musician while he was alive.

Timberlake goes on to discuss his personal relationship with Prince. They met a number of times and had several conversations, which now hold an extra special place in Timberlake’s heart. He describes the singer as royalty, hilarious, and jokingly floats the idea that his greatness can only be explained away by admitting that he’s probably from another planet.

Here is the full text of Timberlake’s ode to Prince:
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. ‘Mommy, who is that singing?’ Seems weird but it’s true.

More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this, and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable.

They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, 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.

I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die.
Prince, NOTHING COMPARES…#RIPPrince (Source 1 | Source 2)


Chevy’s “Little Red Corvette” tribute to Prince


Brand tributes to Prince following his death have been hit or miss. But Chevrolet’s Corvette tribute was among the best—a lovely minimalist message from a brand that the singer himself helped to immortalize with the famous song from 1982.

The Corvette’s tribute was first released on Twitter, but the ad proved quite popular, and they decided to run it in newspapers too. The ad, created by Chevy agency Commonwealth/McCann, is appearing in USA Today, The Detroit News/Free Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The New York Times. (Source)


The Eiffel tower and the monuments that DIDN’T turn purple


While we’re all heartbroken about the death of Prince, the world’s biggest monuments are NOT turning purple in his honor.

Pictures of various buildings have been cropping up online, apparently lit in honor of the star—but that’s not the case.

The Empire State Building photo currently making the rounds is an image from 2015—when the building was lit up purple to honor war veterans.

Niagara Falls was also lit up purple, but this was to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday (though it would be pretty fitting if it were for the ‘Purple Rain’ singer).

Other landmarks—including St Paul’s Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower—are all Photoshopped, so don’t believe everything you read, kids. (Source)


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