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.

DAMI IM – PURPLE RAIN

This year’s Australian entrant also covered Prince’s hit single “Purple Rain” during her X-factor journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKkuSvPmDI

JÜRI POOTSMAN – PURPLE RAIN

Another “Purple Rain” cover by Estonia’s entrant this year, Jüri Pootsman.

EUROVISION STARS REACTIONS

AMANDINE BOURGEOIS (FRANCE 2013)

RYAN DOLAN (IRELAND 2013)

EMMA MARRONE (ITALY 2014)

AMIR (FRANCE 2016)

ROBIN STJERNBERG (SWEDEN 2013)

ACE WILDER (MELODIFESTIVALEN 2014 & 2016)

My beloved Prince…. RIP. ?? My heart is officially broken.

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POLI GENOVA ( BULGARIA 2011 & 2016)

#Prince ! R.I.P to the prince of funk music ?

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LAURA TESORO ( BELGIUM 2016)

BAREI (SPAIN 2016)

LIDIA ISAC (MOLDOVA 2016)

JAMALA (UKRAINE 2016)

Prince:( #rip #prince #legend #oneanonly

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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!

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Justin Doan
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Justin Doan

R.I.P Prince.
You should be proud of Dami Im, because she sung your Purple Rain totally Magnificent.

Toney
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Toney

Dami Im sang an amazing impromptue tribute version of “Purple Rain” on Australian TV a few hours after the sad announcement of the death of Prince. She was on this show to perform some songs from her new album but they asked her to sing this as she has performed it before, and she was amazing! Dami posted this on her Facebook page – “I’ve sung Purple Rain a thousand times, but yesterday’s performance was the hardest. I was on my way to @sunriseon7 and @morningshowon7 to sing from my new album #ClassicCarpenters. On my way to the studio I… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

The best response was from Jedward on their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEesFw6KWOn

The twins speak so much truth and passion.

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

I think his creativity peaked with Bat Dance. An instant classic. I don’t know why no one has covered it.

Monique
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Monique

I think Michal Szpak has the best voice to sing PURPLE RAIN – the song would sound powerful and veeery emotional. He sang it 5 years ago in X Factor but he was too young back then to interpret it the way he could do it now. Michal why don’t you give it a try? Pleeeeeaaaaase…

Margaret
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Margaret

R.I.P Prince :'(

nene
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nene

douwe bob opened his concert with purple rain last night.

rest in peace, prince ?

Nicky91
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Nicky91

forgot to mention that Ira said on her Facebook, that she lost music heroes in this year David Bowie and now Prince 🙁

Windsurf
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Windsurf

A great loss. I love his music. We left the best

Nicky91
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Nicky91

i’m so shocked about this news, really sad

and Ira also tweeted about this on twitter,

why do they not mention that Celine Dion also mentioned this on twitter, Celine is the biggest eurovision winner to date, who got a really big career out of winning eurovision

Jonas
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Jonas

Hey, you forgot about Eurovision winner Celine Dion! She also tweeted her sadness.

Also worth mentioning that she recorded his song “With This Tear” on her second English-language album, released in 1992. According to WikiPedia, he wrote the song especially for her. Listen to it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_L594kQ0uE .

RIP, Prince.

Charles
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Charles

Get Off, My Name is Prince and Sexy MF were my favourite upbeat funny full of humour and with a provocative vibe that I loved. But my actual forever favourite song is not among the big classics but in my little world which is enough – the stunning 1995 song “Gold” … “All that glitters ain’t gold”. RIP to the visionary and singular talent that he was. And it’s wonderful to see Eurovision stars embracing their musical soul by paying respect to the big ones … this is the Eurovision I love ..,the one that focus on music and not… Read more »

Holden
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Holden

Requiem In Pace my beloved Prince 🙁

David Who
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David Who

RIP Prince. Nothing compares to you. x

Bogdan Honciuc
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“Get Off” was my favourite dance song for years and years. He inspired me to dance like everybody was watching.

You can now rest in peace, Prince.

João Teles
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João Teles

Rest in Peace, one of the greatest pop icons ever, he will be missed. :'(

Ive
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Ive

https://youtu.be/eobem3gFW3U?t=1m31s Micha? Szpak sang it too in 2011.
So sad, I loved Prince so much.

El Rosario de Raquel
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Muy triste un artista integral, original y maravilloso…PRINCE forever.

Antonio
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Antonio

Today, the doves are crying under the purple rain.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

My fave song of his was Seven, although he had a lot of great hits.

Where he’s often overlooked is how prolific a songwriter he was. I’m trying to find his songwriting catalog, but the amount of work he did for other artists was insane.

Guy also had a fantastic Super Bowl show.

trz_maier
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trz_maier

here’s Michal Szpak singing Purple Rain https://youtu.be/eobem3gFW3U?t=1m36s

Loo
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Loo

you beautiful soul*

Loo
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Loo

The one, the only. His Royal Highness, Prince of Music. Rest in peace beautiful you soul!

Amor A.
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Amor A.

So shocked he passed. So sad.