2016 has taken from us some of the greatest songwriters and musicians of all time. Prince’s passing back in April seemed to have a particularly profound effect on the music community and spawned some fantastic tributes. Here’s a collection of some of the best.
Richard Ashcroft – Little Red Corvette
The former Verve frontman gave us an amazing stripped down acoustic performance of one of Prince’s biggest hits, 1983’s ‘Little Red Corvette’. Ashcroft’s deep soulful voice seems to really compliment the song, and the sweet guitar licks perfectly replace the shimmering synth sounds of the original.
Gregory Porter – Purple Rain
Gregory Porter is one of the hottest new artists on the Jazz scene. He took the lead on one of many tribute versions of ‘Purple Rain’ during his appearance on the Jools Holland show. The performance also features Baaba Maal, Mumford and Sons and Jools Holland himself.
Bilal – The Beautiful Ones
This years BET awards gave us some epic Prince tributes, including this luscious performance by R&B singer Bilal of ‘The Beautiful Ones.’ The song featured on Prince’s sixth studio album, the hugely successful ‘Purple Rain Soundtrack’.
Tori Kelly – When Doves Cry
Another song from Prince’s classic ‘Purple Rain’ album. Tori Kelly gave us a brilliantly mellow down tempo version of ‘When Doves Cry’ during one of her recent shows. The young singer really gives it her all in this performance and showcases the vocal abilities that earned her a nomination at this years Grammy Awards.
John Mayer – Nothing Compares 2 U
Blues guitarist John Mayer chose to deliver his Prince tribute via a snapchat story. His guitar led version of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is unbelievably beautiful despite being a seemingly impulsive, low quality phone recording.
Jennifer Hudson – Purple Rain
Another dynamite cover of ‘Purple Rain’, this time by Jennifer Hudson at the BET awards. The actress and broadway performer really brings down the house with this colossal performance. Just look at the audiences reaction.
Alicia Keys – How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
Alicia Keys originally covered this song back in 2001 when it appeared on her debut studio album ‘Songs in A Minor’. Keys was the first person that Prince allowed to cover the track. This stunning live version is from her Tribeca Film Festival performance.