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This week, though, we have to pay tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson, who died last week at 57.
Like you, we are in disbelief that Prince is no longer with us. In the wake of his mysterious death, we are left to assess his massive influence as one of the greatest musicians ever. A plethora of think pieces, tributes and retrospectives have emerged in the advent of his death.
Wonderful videos of his past performances have also emerged.
Some of our favorites include his performance at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he stole the show from Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and Jeff Lynne in their rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
You can watch the entire video or just fast forward to the 3:27 mark. That’s when Prince elevates the song to another level by exhibiting his breathtaking mastery of the guitar.
We loved the Saturday Night Live tribute to The Artist as well, which featured all of his past performances on the long-running sketch comedy show.
“Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently, but there was always something different about a Prince performance — it was special, it was an event, it was Prince,” said Jimmy Fallon, the host for the special tribute episode.
SNL transported us to 1989 via the wayback machine with Prince’s performance of the song “Electric Chair.”
SNL also broadcast one of the last times he performed on the show in 2014.
The cherry on top was a video shared by a former SNL cast member showing Prince rocking the after party for Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary.
Yes, his loss reverberated throughout many sectors of the world, from publishing to entertainment and even the sports world.
This is so tragic. First MJ and now Prince! Two icons gone too soon!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016
💔💔💔💔 heartbroken… Just too soon. 💜💜💜💜 pic.twitter.com/GxP4RYYFPB
— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) April 21, 2016
Prince’s show at the 2007 Super Bowl is still mentioned as one of the best halftime performances ever.
I mean, the man performed “Purple Rain” in the midst of a downpour at the outdoor stadium where the game was held.
If there is one comforting fact to emerge from his passing, it is this: According to multiple reports, Prince has so much unreleased music in his vault his estate could put out a posthumous album every year for the next 100 years.
We still wish the man himself was here to perform it all for us.
I am #transformed
— Prince (@prince) April 15, 2016
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