On April 21, 2016 the world lost one of the greatest performers its ever known. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator of his Chanhassen, Minnesota home, and was later pronounced dead at the age of 57.
It was fitting, then, that Prince was honored at the 2017 Grammy Awards with an unforgettable tribute. The performance was announced just one week before the show. “While the primary focus of the Grammy Awards is to celebrate and honor the year’s best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music’s broader story by honoring its legends lost,” Ken Ehrlich, Executive Producer of the event, said in a statement.
First, host James Corden introduced the band The Time, a group formed by Prince and that played his rival band in the film “Purple Rain.” The band performed two of their biggest songs, “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”
Then, after a quick stage change, Bruno Mars emerged decked out in a purple sequined blazer that harkened back to the late Prince’s iconic style. Mars performed “Let’s Go Crazy” and topped off the performance with a killer guitar solo that would have made Prince proud.
Mars even posted an Instagram photo to honor Prince after his incredible performance. The caption simply read, “We Love you Prince.”