For one night at least, it wasn’t all about being online. This past Thursday night the world focused on the legendary musician Prince. The artist passed away this past April but he has definitely left a lasting musical legacy. One by one his songs were showcased as performed by various artists at the event. He is known in the music industry as one of the main forces and most prolific singer/songwriters of all time. People came together to celebrate his life through reliving his songs as performed by a myriad of musicians who all were heavily influenced by his style.
The location was near the famous Paisley Park, Prince’s compound where he not only lived, but also recorded. Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota hosted more than 20,000 Prince fans to pay tribute [URL] to the legend. Tickets sold out in just minutes—a testament to how prolific and popular the singer was. He wrote his first song at just 7 years old and never stopped creating music for the next fifty years.
A slate of famous musicians were set to perform. Stokley Williams did “When Doves Cry”. Morris Day and the Time did a short song duo of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird”. Bobby Z performed and so did Nicole Sherzinger. Chaka Khan of course came to the stage. As a favorite musician of Prince’s she brought the house down with her own songs and with a duet alongside Stevie Wonder. The two performed Prince’s “I Feel for You”. Stevie Wonder came back to the stage and was again a powerful force in making the night one to remember.
In the end, there were some singers who had to cancel last minute: Christina Aguilera and John Mayer. Despite their cancellation, the show had to go on and it definitely did. To cap off the night President Obama made an appearance with a taped message praising the singer for all he has done for the world of music.
It was interesting to see the amount of love that the singer still incited. He passed away on April 21, 2016 at 57-years of age. The signer was found unresponsive in his elevator and alter rushed to the hospital. Upon reaching the hospital it was determined that the singer had died approximately 6 hours prior to anyone reaching him.