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Prince: The World Mourns

He was a true icon; a formidable talent who has been taken from us all too soon. Today, the world is reeling from the news that Prince, one of the greatest musical artists of his generation, is dead at just 57 years old. Over his 35-year-plus career, the artist born Prince Rogers Nelson released 39 solo studio albums, won seven Grammys, earned 30 nominations, and influenced every artist that was to come after – he also penned hits for many others, including Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 You. He was able to achieve what so many strive to do in the name of artistry; touch the soul.

He reached musical-icon status with the release of 1984’s Purple Rain (this sold 13 million copies in the US alone), which coincided with the film of the same name, and throughout his vast career, he sold millions of records while always choosing to remain out of the public eye, letting the music speak for itself. Beloved for his mythic persona and stage presence, gifted vocal abilities and flamboyant fashion sense, Prince is a performer who we’ll never see the like of again.

United in grief, fans, music lovers and everyone who felt lifted and inspired by his emotive lyrics and music is coming together to pay tribute to this incredible musician. Below are just some of the moving words and gestures. RIP Prince.

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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

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He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song.

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Brilliant, creative, one of a kind, a true icon. RIP Prince.

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Please say this is not true you were a genius I never missed a show .I love you #Prince Rogers Nelson R.I.P ❤️

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