Bruno Mars stepped into a purple sequined suit and performed “Let’s Go Crazy” in a rousing tribute to Prince at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Despite announcing a segment honoring Prince ahead of time, the Recording Academy had not shared which artists would participate ahead of the telecast.
Mars was preceded by The Time, the group long affiliated with Prince, who performed their Purple One-penned songs “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”
The crowd at the Staples Center was definitely feeling the performance, as stars from Beyoncé to Keith Urban were shown dancing along to the performance.
Mars concluded the performance with a jaw-dropping guitar solo.
In the year since the 2016 Grammys, numerous musical icons have died, from Merle Haggard to George Michael. But Prince, who won seven Grammys, may have shaken the community most. The legendary performer died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in April 2016 at the age of 57.