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Last night, CBS aired the Recording Academy’s tribute to Prince on the fourth anniversary of his death. CBS recorded “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” in late January. Cover bands, contemporaries, and devotees alike performed.
Maya Rudolph, who plays in a cover band honoring The Purple One, hosted the tribute. “I have difficulty putting into words my personal feelings about Prince,” she said. “To me, Prince is music. To love Prince is to love music.”
Grammy winners Gary Clark, Jr. and H.E.R. opened the night with a rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy.” Miguel serenaded the crowd with a cover of “I Would Die 4 U,” while John Legend performed “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
DJ D-Nice provided the pre-party playlist, with a purple-themed Club Quarantine set. Additionally, The Revolution, Chris Martin, St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, and Usher also performed. Naomi Campbell, Misty Copeland, FKA Twigs, and Jimmy Jam also made special appearances.
Sheila E. joined H.E.R. and Clark for their performance. Additionally, she and Common performed “Sign ‘O’ The Times.” Earlier this week, fellow Apollonia 6 member Apollonia accused Sheila of “using Purple Rain as a vehicle.” Sheila released “Lemon Cake,” a track dedicated to her fallen bandmate on April 16.
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In addition to R&B icons, The Foo Fighters and Coldplay’s Chris Martin even got in on the fun. The Foo Fighters performed a cover of “Darling Nikki,” while Martin joined Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles for an acoustic version of the group’s “Manic Monday,” which Prince wrote.
Prince won seven Grammy awards during his career. In all, he earned 38 nominations.