The unexpected death of singer Prince rocked the music world, so it’s no surprise that the icon was honored Sunday at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
Donning a metallic purple suit with ruffled sleeves, the singer gave a somber rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a classic song penned and composed by Prince and later popularized by ’90s alternative singer Sinead O’Connor. Behind her played a montage of memorable images of the late artist.
When the band cut to instrumentals for the immortalized “Purple Rain,” out popped Stevie, led onstage by Madonna. The two joined hands and sang the lyrics, with audience members like The Weeknd and Rihanna seen mouthing along to the words.
Here are some social media reactions to Madonna’s performance:
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17 Artists You Probably Didn’t Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain”Source:Kevin Kane/Getty Images for iHeartMedia 1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal soundSource:Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images 2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell’s unique musical styleSource:Leon Bennett/WireImage/Getty 3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of timesSource:Ronald Martinez/Getty Images 4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by PrinceSource:Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love”Source:Samir Hussein/Getty Images 6 of 17
7. Andre 3000’s style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by PrinceSource:Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty 7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on InstagramSource:Mustapha Houbais/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation’s PrinceSource:PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images 9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboySource:C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty 10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D’Angelo has covered Prince’s “She’s Always in My Hair”Source:Frank Micelotta/Getty Images 11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered “How Come You Don’t Call Me”Source:Hayley Madden/Redferns/Getty 12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple OneSource:M. Caulfield/WireImage/Getty 13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.Source:Mike Windle/WireImage 14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her ‘Born This Way’ albumSource:Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage 15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments…sound familiar?Source:Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty 16 of 17
17. Lenny’s musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCagSource:Franziska Krug/Getty Images 17 of 17
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