Prince was honored right on Sunday night.
Nearly a year since the passing of the music legend, the Recording Academy paid tribute to the Purple One with a medley of hits from The Time and Bruno Mars at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Introduced by host James Corden as a “journey back in time to Minneapolis, 1985,” The Time — led by singer Morris Day — opened up the set with Prince-produced crowd pleasers “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” off the 1984 project Ice Cream Castle, which inspired audience members Ricky Minor (American Idol musical director) and BET exec Stephen Hill to do the dance immortalized by the group.
The lights then went dim, as the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” played through the Staples Center speakers. Wearing a Purple Rain inspired outfit, Bruno stood confident in his shiny purple jacket, eyeliner, and lyre-shaped guitar (which may have been one of Prince’s). The superstar delivered a praise-worthy tribute emulating the icon’s moves from the ’80s, and even ended his set with a commendable guitar solo.
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