Collaborators, friends, and fellow musicians mourned the funk legend on social media, praising his expansive, experimental talent. See the tributes below.
GALLERY: Prince’s Life in Pictures
“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time,” MTV representatives said in a statement. “Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.”
A Prince Among Men I don't even know what words are. . . When I was in college I had 2 friends who were obsessed with Prince. They'd been to concerts, had his albums, sang every word to his songs. I didn't get it. I wasn't into Prince. I knew a few songs but to me he was a li'l man in purple ruffles. I don't like purple and hated ruffles. Then I moved to Los Angeles and for some ungodly reason I joined the pyramid scheme known as Columbia House CD Club and ordered 8 CD's for a penny. I KNOW RIGHT?!?! That's a steal! (It wasn't. Google it.) One of the albums I got for 3/8 of a cent was Prince's The Hits/The B Sides. It was a box set and it was a revelation I never saw coming. I was obsessed with that damn box set. How had I not been into music's purple waif genius? Thanks to that pyramid scheme I was never NOT listening to it. It was my Hamilton Cast album at the time. I would drive around LA jobless while it blasted on my sound system. I drove an '84 convertible Mustang at the time and would drive up and down Sunset Boulevard with my top down singing When Doves Cry Let's Go Crazy 1999 Nothing Compares 2 U Diamonds and Pearls Delirious Little Red Corvette I Would Die 4 U Kiss Cream Purple Rain But my favorite to sing like I WROTE THAT SHIT was 7. I just knew that some Hollywood powerhouse would hear me in my raggedy ass car, recognize the raw talent and make my Hollywood dreams come true. Thank you Prince for being a part of my early starlet dreams . . . 💋💋💋💋💋 KISS, Yes, Oh Oh Oh, Oh, Ooh, Ah.
My musical crush since my teenage years. I met Prince after his concert at London's Earls Court in 1992. I said I would love to work with him and he said, come visit the studio. He asked me where my lyrics were and where would I like my mic set up. Joking with me. I did end up giving him lyrics for a song called Baby Doll. His driver delivered a cassette to me later that night. It was a demo of Prince singing and playing the song Baby Doll he had written using the lyrics. We never recorded it properly. I then had the privilege of visiting Paisley Park. It was a dream come true. Thank you for the music and memories. #ripprince #whendovescry