Celebrities Take to Social Media to Bid Farewell to the Stunning, Singular Prince
Today, news broke (in a rather haphazard way) that the inimitable, iconic musician Prince had died at the age of 57. For a hopeful yet fleeting moment, it seemed as if the news outlets reporting his passing were, in fact, mistaken (a death was being investigated… but whose death?). So desperate was the nature of these hopes that when the sad news was eventually confirmed, it still seemed impossible. After all, Prince Rogers Nelson did not quite seem of this earth, much in the way the late David Bowie never really did either.
Prince, as legendary for his iconoclastic gender-bending identity and style as for his technical mastery and electrifying performances, is widely considered one of the most important musicians of his—of any—generation. He was next-level, otherworldly, and singular. His first number one album on the Billboard 200, 1984’s Purple Rain, was released in tandem with the unforgettable Purple Rain film. These massive releases won Prince two Grammys, an Oscar, and a win over Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the 1985 American Music Awards. Another less cited but wonderful detail: Prince was one of the first major arena-level pop stars to feature women (the great Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, for example) prominently in a live band, 1984’s The Revolution.
Over the course of his 35-year career, Prince released 39 studio albums, partnered with countless wonderful musicians on side projects, and dipped his very able hands into everything from R&B to funk to psychedelic rock to acting. All day, celebrities around the globe have been taking to social media to honor a true musical king, known so humbly as Prince.
Scroll to read some of their touching messages of remorse and remembrance.
All the news networks combined and still you can't fully comprehend his genius. What a legacy, what a legend. Prince pic.twitter.com/jQRX2Gtg4h— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 21, 2016
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
I will miss him. #Prince
This is so heartbreaking???? I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P???? pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
Grim Reaper: I'm so sorry...— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 21, 2016
Prince: It's all right.
Grim Reaper (singing): I never meant to cause you any trouble...
Prince: (laughs) ????
Were you a fan of Prince? What was your favorite song or memory?