The death of Prince, the legendary music artist, at age 57, has come as a shock to the world. In tribute to the Purple One, many major landscapes and iconic structures in the world have gone Purple for Prince and the photos are flooding social media. Here’s a roundup of some of these powerful and moving tributes.
His sudden death just days after performing a tour de force concert in Atlanta, has come as an unbelievable shock. We’ve had more than our share of deaths of legends this year, including another towering figure of the music world, David Bowie, who also had a wide-ranging scope and influence upon pop culture. Now, yet another.
The New York Times obituary called Prince a “singular artist,” and that sums it up. A musical genius such as we have not seen in generations. The scope of his influence is immeasurable. it goes far beyond the the usual milestone markers — the 16 platinum albums, the seven Grammy Awards, the Oscar for iconic soundtrack of the movie ‘Purple Rain’ that has become our celebratory anthem.
He was an artist who had mastered composing and songwriting. He had an inimitable vocal style, He was a multi-instrumentalist, famously performing all of the instruments on his first two albums, and in particular he’s been celebrated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. The music transcended genres, generations, ethnicity, race, and every other kind of perceived barrier or category.
Countless public figures, celebrities and fellow music artists to Twitter and social media to offer tributes and remembrances. President Obama weighed in as did senators and representatives and lawmakers from Prince’s home state Minnesota. As the day went on the tributes went on took on a formula and a meme; Purple for Prince. Both online and in real life, the world had gone purple. World landmarks were lighted up in purple including Niagara Falls and the Superdome in New Orleans just to name a few. Similarly, Web sites went purple and on television, newsrooms went purple.
Yes, even Broadway paid tribute, injecting the iconic song ‘Purple Rain.’ t the performance of ‘The Color Purple,’ the musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Jennifer Hudson led a powerful rendition of Purple Rain. The cast of ‘Hamilton’ paid tribute, joining in with an a capella rendition. You can see the video below.
Purple will never be the same, just as the world will never be the same. It’s become a color of celebration, and a remembrance of Prince’s legacy. You can see a roundup of tributes below.
— Robert J. Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) April 22, 2016
Fitting that it's raining in Minneapolis today. pic.twitter.com/s5KFurDhHi
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016
— MnDOT (@mndotnews) April 21, 2016
— NASA (@NASA) April 21, 2016
In honor of legendary music icon Prince, The Orlando Eye will be lit in purple this evening. pic.twitter.com/yMpG3bXabv
— The Orlando Eye (@theorlandoeye) April 21, 2016
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) April 21, 2016
— The Capital Wheel (@CapitalWheel) April 21, 2016
Tonight we honor The Purple One. pic.twitter.com/8cR5k6ABHr
— The Forum (@theforum) April 22, 2016
— Mayor of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA) April 22, 2016
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) April 22, 2016
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) April 22, 2016
— Terminal Tower CLE (@TowerLightsCLE) April 22, 2016
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 21, 2016
— Niagara Falls USA (@NiagaraFallsUSA) April 22, 2016