Prince: Aretha Franklin Purple Rain tribute on International Jazz Day
Prior to the correspondents’ dinner where Helen Mirren honored Prince with her dress and a temporary tattoo, the White House played host to the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert. In addition to Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, and Robert Glasper, the event featured a performance of the late singer’s hit “Purple Rain” by Aretha Franklin.
Prince died April 21 at the age of 57 and stars, including Mariah Carey, Usher, and Lady Gaga, have paid tribute. President Barack Obama, who gave a speech to start the concert, called Prince “a creative icon.”
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He said in part in a statement after the artist’s death, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all.”
Watch the concert below and skip ahead to the 1:14:00 mark to hear Franklin’s performance.