Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and vocal range. He is regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound; his music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia and pop.
FROM THE ALBUM: PURPLE RAIN (1984)
~~“Erotic City” (Extended Mix)
~~“Lets Go Crazy”
~~“Little Red Corvette”
~~“When Doves Cry”
Tributes to Prince, the singer and songwriter who died at 57 on Thursday [April 21,2016], took on many forms.
Many featured buildings and bridges lit up in the color purple — a nod to his hit song and movie “Purple Rain.”
Here is a look at ways the performer was remembered:
A portrait of Prince was installed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s In Memoriam space.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) paid its respects on Twitter:
The New Yorker magazine offered a glimpse of the cover of its next edition:
Buildings across the country were bathed in purple light:
Bridges were similarly lit up:
The search engine Google posted a “Google Doodle” to depict purple rain:
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art turned its Rain Room purple on Friday:
Signs for the Prince Street subway station in New York City took on an impromptu look:
The Apollo Theater in Harlem honored Prince:
On Broadway, the cast of “The Color Purple” led the audience in a singalong of “Purple Rain” on Thursday night:
Also on Thursday night, the cast of “Hamilton” led the audience in a cheering, dancing rendition of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”: