Musical tributes pour in for Prince: Alicia Keys, 'The Color Purple' and more
After news broke of Prince's death on Thursday, celebrities and fans took time to honor the late legend on social meda ... And then the touching musical tributes poured in.
As block parties and street dancing abounded well into Friday morning, musical heavyweights like Jennifer Hudson, the cast of Hamilton and Alicia Keys paid their respects to the iconic, multi-instrumental artist with their own takes on some of his biggest hits.
Check out all the tributes below.
Keys, who was one of the few lucky people to be given permission from Prince to cover one of his songs on her album, performed her rendition "How Come You Don't Call Me" during a set at the Tribeca Film Festival. "There was nobody like him before," she said before the performance, "and there's not going to be anybody like him after."
The band incorporated snippets of "Purple Rain" into their set in South Carolina. "Prince was probably the greatest guitar player we've ever seen. He was amazing. He will be missed," Eddie Vedder told the audience.
Jennifer Hudson and the cast of "The Color Purple"
Hudson led the cast of the Broadway show with an exuberant rendition of "Purple Rain" Thursday night. "He said his music will live on and he will live through his music, so we want to keep him alive today with this song," she said.
The cast of "Hamilton"
The "Hamilton" players also ended their night with a high-energy performance of "Let's Go Crazy."
The former "Audioslave" vocalist uploaded a touching acoustic cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" on his YouTube channel. "Prince's music is the soundtrack to the soulful and beautiful universe he created, and we have all been privileged to be part of that amazing world," he wrote.