His name was Prince and he was musical royalty — and this evening his countless subjects are mourning his death.
The 57-year-old superstar died today in his Paisley Park estate in his native Minnesota following an undisclosed medical emergency.
One of the most iconic musicians of his generation, he made music for more than 40 years, dropping his first album in 1978 and releasing his last in September of last year. Known for secrecy and eccentricity, he won scores of fans for his original take on life and music, with E! declaring that his loss “can’t really be measured in earthly terms.”
Amid all those albums and releases it was his 1984 album “Purple Rain” that propelled him to mega-stardom, earning him 2 Grammy Awards and also an Academy Award. It helped pave the way for him to sell more than 100 million copies of his music.
Prince’s legacy is still tangible, with artists from Justin Timberlake to Lady Gaga expressing how he was an inspiration. Eurovision artists have voiced their love for him and his music too. Countless Eurostars have covered “Purple Rain”, and we’d like to share a sampling of them with you now.
RUTH LORENZO – PURPLE RAIN
Undoubtedly the most famous Prince cover by a Eurovision star comes from Ruth Lorenzo, who rocked the song during the X-Factor in 2008.
This evening Ruth tweeted about the singer’s death, showing her gratitude to him for creating the song that helped launch her.
— Ruth Lorenzo (@RuthLorenzo) April 21, 2016
DAMI IM – PURPLE RAIN
This year’s Australian entrant also covered Prince’s hit single “Purple Rain” during her X-factor journey.
JÜRI POOTSMAN – PURPLE RAIN
Another “Purple Rain” cover by Estonia’s entrant this year, Jüri Pootsman.
— Jüri Pootsmann (@j_pootsmann) April 21, 2016
EUROVISION STARS REACTIONS
AMANDINE BOURGEOIS (FRANCE 2013)
Choquée?RT C'est une légende qui vient de s'éteindre… Le chanteur Prince est décédé à l'âge de 57ans…. https://t.co/zvh1Imu0ZN
— Amandine Bourgeois (@ABourgeois) April 21, 2016
RYAN DOLAN (IRELAND 2013)
— Ryan Dolan (@ryandolanmusic) April 21, 2016
EMMA MARRONE (ITALY 2014)
— Emma Marrone (@MarroneEmma) April 21, 2016
AMIR (FRANCE 2016)
— ???? (@Amir_Off) April 21, 2016
ROBIN STJERNBERG (SWEDEN 2013)
Purple tears all over the world. Rest In Peace Prince ?
— Robin Stjernberg (@StjernbergRobin) April 21, 2016
ACE WILDER (MELODIFESTIVALEN 2014 & 2016)
POLI GENOVA ( BULGARIA 2011 & 2016)
LAURA TESORO ( BELGIUM 2016)
R.I.P Prince! ??
— Laura Tesoro (@Lauwraaaaah_) April 21, 2016
BAREI (SPAIN 2016)
No puede ser ? pic.twitter.com/vzbS7qNpdw
— BAREI (@BAREI_MUSIC) April 21, 2016
LIDIA ISAC (MOLDOVA 2016)
— Lidia Isac (@LidiaIsac) April 21, 2016
JAMALA (UKRAINE 2016)
So, who do you think covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” best? What is your favourite Prince memory? Let us know in the comments section below!