Earlier today, the world lost one of its best, most legendary artists in Prince. The High Priest of Pop was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park Estate in Chanhassen, Minnesosta, and shortly after, was pronounced dead at just 57 years of age.
Musicians and celebrities worldwide, across genres and generations, immediately reacted to his passing with tributes conveying deep sadness and genuine shock, as well as sincere gratitude for all the ways in which Prince impacted their lives.
Among those musicians who’ve tearfully bid their farewell: Questlove, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Jack White, Nile Rodgers, CHVRCHES, Atmosphere, Missy Elliott, The Mountain Goats, Brian Wilson, and Florence Welch. Within the film/TV world, Don Cheadle, Michael Keaton, Spike Lee, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, offered up words of their own. President Barack Obama also posted a message on Facebook in Prince’s honor, calling him a “creative icon.”
Check out all the tributes below.
President Barack Obama:
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
Chance the Rapper:
Jack White / Third Man Records:
Death from Above 1979:
The Mountain Goats:
The National’s Aaron Dessner:
“Weird Al” Yankovic:
Kings of Leon:
No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. We have to deeply mourn the loss of one of the most remarkable and talented and innovative musicians of all time. I'm going to go listen to #thebeautifulones . What a genius, we were so blessed and fortunate to have him with us. I hope that he and Bowie are in heaven talking about starting a band.
Stevie Van Zandt:
Samuel L. Jackson:
Neil DeGrasse Tyson:
Prince was my favorite musician and Purple Rain is my favorite album. At a time when the world was all about Michael Jackson I secretly always dug Prince a little more. I think because he was a showman, genius musician and lyricist but mainly because he wasn't afraid to be raw, sexual and completely unique with his vision. I'm totally shocked this man is dead at 57 when he should have been doing this for decades to come. We've all been robbed by his passing. The last time I saw him was at the forum a couple years back and it's the best show I've ever seen. He was so next level that I remember thinking that no one could touch his musical abilities at that moment. My friend Al and I got to go to the after party and meet Prince and hang at his place where he played a private party there might have been 100 of us and I stood front and center watching Prince play guitar like he was being fast forwarded. Stevie Wonder then came out and they did many numbers together. It was a special night. I am gonna miss Prince. Purple Rain on repeat all week and beyond. #mayulive2cthedawn
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: