Hollywood Pays Tribute to Legendary Artist Prince
Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Shonda Rhimes, Justin Timberlake, Chris Rock and more expressed their sadness on social media.
As authorities investigate the cause of Prince's death on Thursday, the entertainment industry mourned the icon's passing.
Celebrities responded with disbelief and sadness. "I can't. I just can not. #Prince" wrote Shonda Rhimes. "I'm crushed," wrote Samuel L. Jackson, saying it was a "massive loss for us all." Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna and Lenny Kravitz also grieved Prince publicly.
"I'm blown away and may he rest in peace. Music has lost one of its greatest icons," Charlie Murphy, a close friend of the artist, told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I was so shocked and heart broken to hear about the loss of my mentor, Prince," Carmen Electra said in a statement. "The world has lost a truly incredible spirit and musical genius. What a blessing it is to be one of the chosen ones who had the chance to work so closely with him. He gave me my name, he believed in me, and he has inspired an entire generation. I will always love him…. 'Sometimes it Snows in April.'"
I'm Sad Beyond Belief About— Cher (@cher) April 22, 2016
Prince.... This Has Been a
Frightening Time .... SO MANY
LOSSES ....SO MANY GREAT
Woke up to the atrocious news. Prince was a modern Mozart. Watched him play any song that came to mind for 4 hours straight once. Damn.— josh groban (@joshgroban) April 22, 2016
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
I will miss him. #Prince
Today is a very sad day. His music rearranged me... he will forever be my #1. pic.twitter.com/EnC5XWUiYt— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 21, 2016
about Prince, one of the greatest artists has left us today. I'll miss my friend, his advice&great humor.Thank you for your magical music.— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) April 21, 2016
I want to be delicate to not disturb Our Prince's peace and eternal rest. I find myself being afraid now feeling alone in the world without him, for I believe that he was dealing directly with the Creator on our behalf. Ushering us a little closer towards salvation with each song. What I will miss most is that mediation with Our Master. His confidence in doing so is the evidence that his even greater talent was the ability to listen to the spirit and share shamelessly, unselfishly, and with so much style. He is now and forever immortalized as a noun, as I have often referred to him. Undoubtedly a person, a very special place, and absolutely EVERYTHING.
Saddened by Prince's death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) April 21, 2016
God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) April 21, 2016
Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed. https://t.co/AbZc3AGxny— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) April 21, 2016
Well played, Google. pic.twitter.com/lBHdO22bne— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) April 21, 2016
You will be missed, Prince. [image: Brian Bolland's Prince cover from DC's Piranha Press imprint circa Dec. 1991] pic.twitter.com/UnQqCqQxPr— DC Comics (@DCComics) April 21, 2016
God bless prince we will all miss him I still have my Purple whistle. I will blow it tonight peace and love— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) April 21, 2016
Say it isn't so. pic.twitter.com/xdY0bYDtSO— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 21, 2016
R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
I can't. I just can not. #Prince— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 21, 2016
"Dearly beloved— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life..."
Omg..... RIP Prince....— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) April 21, 2016
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...— Katy Perry (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
In Minneapolis right now...and it's raining...— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Not Prince— Ne-Yo (@NeYoCompound) April 21, 2016
Prince? Say it isn't so...— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 21, 2016
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
U wanna learn what a great song is? Go listen to every fucking song on Purple Rain. Then listen. To Nothing Compares 2 U. RIP Prince. Fuck.— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) April 21, 2016
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
Rest in power, Prince.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 21, 2016
I'm stunned & so saddened to hear about the passing of Prince. He changed it all!!!! The true definition of talent!! pic.twitter.com/Ni17GvPu67— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
This is so heartbreaking I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.Ppic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
Heartbroken to hear Prince has died. Hope he's found his world of never ending happiness/You can always see the sun, day or night. #RIP— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 21, 2016
RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) April 21, 2016
I'm so sad we've lost @prince the legend,the master,a musical juggernaut that knew no boundaries.He left indelible footprints in music.RIP— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) April 21, 2016
Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 21, 2016
I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating.— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 21, 2016
Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones. https://t.co/JT52sKlJBJ— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 21, 2016
I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote "Love God"... My walls were covered with prince posters.. I lived in a two bedroom apartment with my dad and you could see my Prince posters from the street.. Many many years later I connected back with Prince.. And we have remained friends.. I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said "I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince".... I love the way she thinks... When I told Prince the idea he said: "the world isn't ready for this, it's too big".. I always felt like one day I would pull it off.. @Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark .. He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing.. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him.. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly.. I won't forget that electrifying performance.. Or the smile on his face that night.. And the love that he gave me.. He always treated me with kindness.. We didn't always agree.. We would argue for hours... But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him.. I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.. This photo was taken summer of 1999.. Yes.. "1999".. You can see from the photo that I'm focused on one thing... Prince!!.. I have the original lyrics to "purple rain" on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him.. Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say "thank you, I was looking for this".. Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace..
Doves will cry tonight. We celebrate you brother and this thing called Life. Godspeed to the great Afterparty. #Prince— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) April 21, 2016
I met Prince on numerous occasions. He was an amazing talent and wonderful guy. He will be greatly missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2016
"It’s easy to toss around the word ‘iconic’, but Prince truly epitomized the word to the very core of his being. Lots of big stars have made waves nationally and internationally, but Prince by far was the most groundbreaking more than anyone…from his music, to his concerts — to even the way he entered a room, always surrounded with that magical air of superstardom, mystique, and genius. Bringing together film and music with Purple Rain was a glimpse into the future of not only the music industry, but the entire media and entertainment industry. When you saw Prince, you never knew what you were going to get, but you always knew it was going to be greatness and something spectacular. He is loved and will be deeply missed forever. The world is experiencing a tremendous loss today."
New Girl Executive Producers
We are all so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of this hero of ours - and so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him and to have him on our show. It's something we will remember forever. Our thoughts go out to his family. We are among the millions of people who will truly miss the brilliant Artist.
"I’M NOT EVEN GONNA SAY REST IN PEACE BECAUSE IT’S BIGGER THAN DEATH. I NEVER MET THE MAN (I WAS TOO NERVOUS THE ONE TIME I SAW HIM) AND I NEVER SAW HIM PLAY LIVE, REGRETTABLY. I ONLY KNOW THE LEGENDS I’VE HEARD FROM FOLKS AND WHAT I’VE HEARD AND SEEN FROM HIS DEEP CATALOG OF PROPELLANT, FEARLESS, VIRTUOSIC WORK. MY ASSESSMENT IS THAT HE LEARNED EARLY ON HOW LITTLE VALUE TO ASSIGN TO SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION OF YOU.. AN INFECTIOUS SENTIMENT THAT SEEMED SOAKED INTO HIS CLOTHES, HIS HAIR, HIS WALK, HIS GUITAR AND HIS PRIMAL SCREAM. HE WROTE MY FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME, ‘WHEN YOU WERE MINE’. IT’S A SIMPLE SONG WITH A SIMPLE MELODY THAT MAKES YOU WISH YOU THOUGHT OF IT FIRST, EVEN THOUGH YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE - A FLIRTATIOUS BRAND OF GENIUS THAT FEELS APPROACHABLE. HE WAS A STRAIGHT BLACK MAN WHO PLAYED HIS FIRST TELEVISED SET IN BIKINI BOTTOMS AND KNEE HIGH HEELED BOOTS, EPIC. HE MADE ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH HOW I IDENTIFY SEXUALLY SIMPLY BY HIS DISPLAY OF FREEDOM FROM AND IRREVERENCE FOR OBVIOUSLY ARCHAIC IDEAS LIKE GENDER CONFORMITY ETC. HE MOVED ME TO BE MORE DARING AND INTUITIVE WITH MY OWN WORK BY HIS DEMONSTRATION - HIS DENIAL OF THE PREVAILING MODEL…HIS FIGHT FOR HIS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - ‘SLAVE’ WRITTEN ACROSS THE FOREHEAD, NAME CHANGED TO A SYMBOL… AN ALL OUT REBELLION AGAINST EXPLOITATION. A VANGUARD AND GENIUS BY EVERY METRIC I KNOW OF WHO AFFECTED MANY IN A WAY THAT WILL OUTRUN OBLIVION FOR A LONG WHILE. I’M PROUD TO BE A PRINCE FAN(STAN) FOR LIFE."
"I came out of an event in Hartford, Connecticut, and people told me, and I was so stunned," she said. "You think of him as being almost eternal. I mean he was a bigger-than-life personality, he was not only a songwriter and a singer but literally a one-man band. He was such a great showman. I just was so, so sad. And I just want everybody to spend some time reflecting on this American original. He was so extraordinary."
"I am deeply saddened by Prince's untimely passing. Not only was he a dear friend to me, but an inspiration. His talent, artistry and influence are unparalleled and there will never be another like Prince! The world has suffered a great loss! May he rest in everlasting peace."
"My thoughts are the same as everybody else's thoughts; First, I'm stunned and then just sad over the thing," Kelly told Billboard shortly after the news broke. "I'm just shocked, man. I'm still stunned about the whole situation, man."
"It's so sad. He was way too young. And he was kind of an athlete, such a great performer. You wouldn't expect it. ... He was just an off-the-charts talent -- instruments, songwriting, singing, performing, producing. You name it, he could do everything. My son loves [Trent] Reznor, and I told him, 'Before there was Reznor, there was Prince.' And of course I've heard stories that James Brown did that stuff, too; He would play drums, bass, could do just about it all. So it was kind of a progression. It's unusual to have somebody be that talented on so many instruments and yet still be a really good producer, songwriter — everything. ...It's a damn shame, it really is. I know he had greatness still ahead of him. I'm just glad he was around. He was a gift to music."
"I am crying. All my memories are coming back to me. He was one of my closest friends. I will always remember when he rented a club, only for him and me. We listened to his music and spoke about the young generation. The young people were so important to Prince. They have to follow the example he set, to believe in their heart, respect their own soul and never trade their own individuality. It is what made Prince outstanding and relevant forever. I will always love him."
Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Records
Today, we lost one of the most revolutionary talents of our time. Prince’s untimely passing is deeply shocking, reminding us that unique artists who chart their own course and move culture are precious few and irreplaceable. He leapt onto the scene in 1978 and it didn’t take the world long to realize that pop music had changed forever. He played the studio like an instrument and shattered the definition of live performance. He defined a new kind of superstardom, with a transformative impact not just on music, but on video, film, and style. Prince was the epitome of cool and mystery - an inspirational soul who created his own universe by bringing together different genres, races and cultures with a purity of sound and spirit unlike any other. His visionary gifts as a songwriter, vocalist, musician, performer and producer placed him in a league all his own. We are honored to have had Prince as a member of the Warner Bros. Records family during two eras of his astonishing career. We express our deepest condolences to everyone who loved him and join his family, friends and legion of fans in mourning his loss.
"I was so shocked and heart broken to hear about the loss of my mentor, Prince. The world has lost a truly incredible spirit and musical genius. What a blessing it is to be one of the chosen ones who had the chance to work so closely with him. He gave me my name, he believed in me, and he has inspired an entire generation. I will always love him…. “Sometimes it Snows in April."
"We used one of his songs in 'Happy Feet'. We wanted to change two words of his lyrics to suit the penguins. He asked to see the movie. As it finished he picked up his guitar and said he wanted to write a song for us. It arrived completed soon after. As I was about to listen to it for the first time I thought 'what if I don't like it?'. How do I tell this legendary figure his song doesn't fit? A few seconds in I began to smile. By the end I was dancing. It was perfect. A true genius and a true gentleman. He called me 'mister' I wanted to call him 'your majesty'. Such an astonishing loss."
Albert Magnoli, Writer, Director and Editor of Purple Rain
"The news of Prince’s sudden and unexpected passing is very difficult to process. He was my creative partner and friend. We shared tremendous times together during and after the making of Purple Rain. I know his fans are devastated. I know his music meant so very much to so many people. He was a good man, complicated and diligent, and like men of his caliber, he always demanded from himself and others the very best. Travel well, friend, wherever your next journey takes you."