The world was rocked yesterday with the sad news that international superstar Prince had passed away at age 57. Fans around the globe have begun mourning the multi-talented performer, who rose to fame in the 1980s writing music for himself and others. Buildings across North America, as well as Google, went purple yesterday to honour the late artist.
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 22, 2016
Countless fans took to social media to express their heartbreak over the singer’s passing, including a number of celebrities.
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Though he had already finished recording last night’s episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden returned to the studio after hearing of Prince’s passing to share his thoughts on the singer, including feeling honoured to have watched Prince perform live many times.
Broadway paid tribute to Prince with both the cast of Hamilton and appropriately the cast of The Colour Purple performing Prince songs at the end of last night’s performances.
President Obama posted a message, calling Prince a “creative icon” and “electrifying performer”.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 21, 2016
Will Smith recalls speaking with Prince only hours before his untimely death.
Alicia Keys, who can thank Prince for penning her hit “How Come You Don’t Call Me”, posted a heartfelt message for the singer.
Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed. ❤ https://t.co/AbZc3AGxny
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) April 21, 2016
Another performer who got to hit the studio with Prince was Madonna, who posted a picture of the two of them together.
He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. pic.twitter.com/x4JaSxRraC
— Madonna (@Madonna) April 21, 2016
The Weeknd received a double honour last year when he not only won an American Music Award, but also received the statue from Prince.
i can't believe what's happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I'm dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
Elton John called one of his few peers in the music industry a “purple warrior” in his tribute post.
Paul McCartney fittingly called Prince a “creative giant”.
God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) April 21, 2016
Collaborator Lenny Kravitz called Prince his brother in his Instagram message.
Nick Jonas credits Prince as one of his biggest inspirations.
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today… #RIPPrince
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016
Finally, Justin Timberlake posted a revealing and emotional message about falling in love with “Raspberry Beret” at age four and getting to meet and spend time with his idol later in life.
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