Prince’s shock death at 57 has prompted emotional tributes from his showbiz peers who hailed the performer a “genius”.
Mick Jagger said the star’s talent knew no bounds. The Rolling Stones frontman tweeted: “Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. His talent was limitless.”
Bandmate Ronnie Wood wrote: “I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer/guitar player. Sleep well Prince.”
Paul McCartney said: “Saddened by Prince’s death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music.”
Pop star Justin Timberlake said he was an idol who lived up to all his expectations. In a heartfelt post on Instagram he wrote: “
It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music ... It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”
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It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince
Referring to the location where much of Prince’s Purple Rain was filmed, rapper Lupe Fiasco wrote: “In Minneapolis right now ... and it’s raining ... Prince ...”
TV host Oprah Winfrey referenced another song from that soundtrack, saying: “Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince.”
A statement from Grammy Awards organiser The Recording Academy said the seven-time winner was “Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape.”
Actor Samuel L Jackson and singer Robbie Williams both described Prince as a “genius”, while Katy Perry said: “And just like that ... the world lost a lot of magic.”
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe said Prince was “the greatest live act I ever saw”, and Beach Boys star Brian Wilson paid tribute to his many talents, saying: “Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy.”
Kiss Singer Gene Simmons described Prince as a “giant”, while DJ Zane Lowe said: “You will always be The Greatest.”
Actor Kevin Bacon posted a video of Prince performing, adding: “Lots of guitars gently weeping today #Prince #RIP.”
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker said he had hoped to collaborate one day with “one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time”.
The Rev Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, calling him “a transformer”, and singer Lenny Kravitz said he was “heartbroken” to have lost a “musical brother”.
Music producer Quincy Jones tweeted: “RIP to @prince ... a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.”
Film director Spike Lee wrote on Instagram: “I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humour.”
Britney Spears wrote: “Here’s to one of the strongest spirits the world has ever known.”
Apple boss Tim Cook referenced the singer’s innovation as a musician, writing: “Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace.”
Rapper Missy Elliott said Prince’s music had “inspired so many”, and Sharon Osborne said: “There are no words to describe this loss.”
Duff McKagan from Guns n’ Roses said: “What do we do now? Prince. No. I hope you weren’t in much pain ... your music saved me time and again.”
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