Nothing Compares 2 U: Artists Remember Prince

Nothing Compares 2 U: Artists Remember Prince

It was with heavy hearts that we learned yesterday of sudden passing of Prince. A genius, innovator, creator, family member, Prince will be truly missed. He shared his creative vision and asked for nothing in return. Prayers and blessings to all those around the world that share the same love as us.

Below we’ve collected a growing list of artists (and a president) who have shared their thoughts, memories and respects for a true legend.

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Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.

— President Barack Obama

 

He was a great musician. He loved music. He loved playing his instrument. The times that we did jam together were amazing with all of the various people that he would bring together, and most of all he brought all the various cultures together… He could play classical music if he wanted to. He could play jazz if he wanted to, he could play country if he wanted to. He played rock, you know, he played blues. He played pop. He played everything… And [he was] very cognizant of what his responsibility was as a musician and a human being.

— Stevie Wonder

 

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.

— Frank Ocean

 

I am so saddened. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. He was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.

—Mick Jagger

 

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

— Justin Timberlake

 

R.I.P. to the God Prince. Gone too soon but here forever. Sippin Purple Rain 4 the legend. There will never be another

— Lil Wayne

 

I LOVED him, the world LOVED him. Now he’s at peace with his Father. Rest in power, @prince, my brother.

—Chaka Khan

 

This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. #Prince #RIP

— Elton John

 

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.

— Madonna

 

That time Prince was your rhythm guitarist
then sent you the picture.
The time Prince was so gracious to come to your club in the hood of South Dallas and play for 4 hours into the night…
The time you recorded “Today -the earth song”
at Paisley Park.
All the times y’all shot pool and argued over religion.
The time Prince got in your Lemo to tell you that ‘World Wide Underground ‘ wasn’t finished yet and you ‘felt a way’. Lol
The time Prince “evolved ” and wouldn’t sign yo mama’s ‘Dirty Mind’ album cover cause he said he wasn’t into that no mo and yo mama told him
“well you shouldn’t have made it then” and you were embarrassed.
The time Prince had a “swear jar” and you just put a 20 dollar bill in it when you walk in.
The time Prince and Larry Grahm had you cornered in a Jehova’s Witness…well, witness session.
The time you presented Prince with the ICON Billboard AWARD with 20 (Janell Monáe).
The time you sang “I wanna be your lover” on the 3rd grade talent show wearing a swim top and the teachers cut you short because it was “inappropriate”.
The moment you remember how much he means to you…
You’ve been here all my life .
And You will live F O R E V E R in my cells.
Sometimes it snows in April?

— Erykah Badu

 

Dearly beloved We are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life

— Win Butler (Arcade Fire)

 

I don’t think you can exist in music and not have been influenced by him. His music has been part of the musical psyche for the entirety of my life. He’ll be missed.

— Chris Stapleton

 

…Prince was an artist through and through – always pushing himself to new levels, often creating controversy through his actions and words, and ultimately creating a lifetime of wonderful memories for the world with his incredible volumes of published (and unheard) works…Make no mistake: Prince was the brightest star in these Northern skies. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince’s music will give consolation and comfort to the collective grief. Godspeed.

— Bob Mould, (Hüsker Dü)

 

There will never be another Prince… He was Music to the max.

— Aretha Franklin

 

Long Live The King.

— Questlove

 

Hurts to breathe

— Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

 

Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I’m so glad I was lucky enough to work with him

— Zooey Deschanel

 

My musical brother… My friend… The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone. I am heartbroken.

— Lenny Kravitz

 

We will miss you so deeply.

— Jack White/Third Man Records

 

i can’t believe what’s happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I’m dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???

— The Weeknd

 

I’m shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy

— Brian Wilson

 

Everyone has their own experience. That’s why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don’t have to come back again.” Prince Words can’t do justice to how sad I feel, but I know that’s just selfish because actually I am so elated for what an incredible Being you are and everything you have done. I feel like you went down all the paths didn’t you and now you don’t have to come back, so beautiful.

— FKA twigs

 

…He was so good. It was like, “What are we doing? This guy is, like, on a different planet than we are.” It was showmanship, it was rock & roll, it was fun, it was great. I think it helped everyone around. It made us all think that Minneapolis wasn’t the dour town that we tried to pretend it was. He was like a ray of light in a very cautious place. He was a star. He made no bones about it. He was glitz to a place that wasn’t used to it…

— Paul Westerberg (The Replacements)

 

RIP Prince this is so sad we lost one of the greatest musicians of all time I got every album he dropped I went to his concert in Memphis back in the 90′s , so talented I saw him play every instrument on stage , after seeing that I was so inspired , I started working in the studio overtime , we will never forget the legend! #RipPrince

— Juicy J

 

an artist who showed true creative freedom and challenged all barriers. there are a million things to say. rip, beautiful.

— Ariana Grande

 

Every interview we have ever done, they always ask us, ‘who is the one person you have always wanted to work with?’ Today, we lost him. Absolutely devastated! Thank you for everything Prince – Nothing will ever compare to you

— Disclosure

 

I got Sign o The Times the day it came out, two weeks before my 16th birthday. It was the first tape I played in my first car that I got right before that first summer of freedom, and that summer it was always on. For some reason I keep thinking back to that summer today, driving to work, drinking in fields w my homies, mowing lawns, dealing with heartache, all the times I had just that one momentous summer with just that one album. One Prince album among so many that were so inspired and so inspirational. I keep thinking: how could it happen, isn’t this way too soon? No more Prince shows? No more Prince shenanigans? And I hate it. What I’m gonna try and think instead about is this: what it felt like watching Prince play. It was like watching God’s love. He was the greatest performer of his generation, almost unbelievable on stage. He knew it, everyone watching knew it. You could so clearly read the joy he felt performing, so much that it was hard not to feel it yourself. Everything was in synch for a couple hours. It felt like an almost tangible thing you could take home with you. You certainly left with a feeling. It’s easy to focus on how it feels too soon or too big to understand, instead I’m gonna try and feel that feeling. I believe it’s love.

— Brit Daniels (Spoon)

 

The Master as left this realm. #EnergyNeverDies #WeAreLuckyToHaveLivedInHisTime

— Killer Mike

 

Prince’s music is the soundtrack to the soulful and beautiful universe he created, and we have all been privileged to be part of that amazing world. I performed his song “Nothing Compares 2 U” for the first time a couple months ago. It has a timeless relevance for me and practically everyone I know. Sadly, now his own lyrics in this song could not be more relevant than at this moment, and I sing them now in reverence as I pay tribute to this unequaled artist who has given all of our lives so much inspiration and made the world so much more interesting… We will miss you Prince!!!

 — Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

 

In my lifetime, there’s never been an artist like Prince: so fearless, so uncompromising, so devoted to his music. This loss is incalculable

— John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)

 

Damn. RIP to a true legend. The world won’t be the same without Prince’s crazy ass.

— Flying Lotus

 

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.

— Moby

 

I Lost a Father Today, We Lost a Father Today! I have nothing to say, Your music speaks for itself! Didn’t see this coming. Rest and Give Heaven Hell for me! #missyoualready #Prince

— The-Dream

 

Genuinely shocked, saddened by the loss of talent unparalleled. Let his musical gifts heal us all today and forever. Thank you Prince

— DJ Shadow

 

Taking off for New York with a heavy heart. I will leave you with this- Prince live from the Capitol Theater, 1982.

— Talib Kweli

 

And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…

— Katy Perry

 

He made me stand up and listen when the Controversy album came out… And then he made me want to be in a band more than anything with ‘Purple Rain.’ I will forever be indebted to him for showing me true greatness.

— Darius Rucker

 

What?! NO!!!!! Not Prince!!!! Prince, if you can still hear, thank you for your musical genius, love and hiring KILLER lady musicians when no one else would. We owe you. Saying that I “love” Prince just doesn’t cover it. Prince was the Bowie of my generation, and they were the best of all generations. Sigh.. It makes me shiver when I think of all the people who might not have found the bravery to make art if it weren’t for Prince and Bowie.

—Neko Case

 

Prince Travel safely to the summerlands and beyond

— Ryan Adams

 

I was lucky enough to witness the genius of @prince from side stage at la Zona Rosa in Austin TX (the show also included the genius of @ATCQ -RIP Phife) and my mind was forever blown up close and personal as he just destroyed us with nearly 4 hrs of non stop heat. we were crying and screaming and singing and dancing along in a state of pure loving madness bliss. he said at one point to the crowd: “don’t make me hurt you- you know how many hits I got!” oh he hurt us- and it hurt so good. I have never seen another performer work so hard for so long onstage and I have valued that night so much and now sadly even more. !!!just think of ALL the nights we have danced our asses off til dawn grooving to his unbelievable sounds!!!

just think how artists like prince and David Bowie have taught us to accept who we are in all our beautiful weirdness and that LOVE is LOVE and love is beautiful in any form and all of us are a beautiful blend of man and woman…light and dark…black and white and every shade of the rainbow…it’s all there inside each and every one of us- and we need to celebrate it every single day. we are all the same and you can really feel that when you see and hear prince- just how fun it is to be alive and filled with love. let’s go out and spread love and acceptance thru-out the land dancing like wild banshees filled with the light of love and the healing power of music. I have laughed and loved and cried and I will live loving his sound til the day I day. God bless you prince for all the beautiful love and funky weirdness you gave the world we are eternally grateful and will be dancing to you and singing along until the end of time and beyond.

— Jim James (My Morning Jacket)

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