Some of our favorite Prince tributes

D'Angelo performs on The Tonight Show
D'Angelo, along with Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), performing a cover of Prince's "Sometimes It Snows in April" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (via YouTube)

Following the death of Prince on April 21, 2016, tributes to the great musician began springing forth. Here at The Current, we've published and produced a number of tributes, but we've also been paying attention to what others are doing. Here are some of our favorites from elsewhere.

Andrea Swensson

D'Angelo, accompanied by Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), covering "Sometimes It Snows in April" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The Minnesota Daily republished a 1977 article by Lisa Hendricksson in which she describes time spent at Studio 80 in Minneapolis with a then-18-year-old Prince:

"If he makes it, the most atypical local star to come out of Sound 80 will be a multi-talented [18-year-old] prodigy from North Minneapolis who plays any instrument you hand him, sings with a crystal pure falsetto that would have put the young Michael Jackson to shame, and goes by the name Prince. No last name, and please, no 'the' prefix. Just Prince."

City Pages' Jerard Fagerberg collected nine must-watch Prince tributes, including Bruce Springsteen's cover of "Purple Rain."

City Pages also gathered an abridged compendium of its 40 years of Prince coverage.

Cecilia Johnson

I really liked this reflection by Kimbra; here's an excerpt:

"Prince, entirely changed the way I make, listen, think and feel about music. He held the tension between pop and experimental music in ways that have shaped me and given me the courage to pursue these sides of myself as an artist."

Leah Garaas

Claire de Lune shared this observation on Twitter:

Jim McGuinn

On April 24, David Gilmour performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London and worked in a bridge that quoted "Purple Rain" as a tribute to Prince during his performance of the Pink Floyd hit, "Comfortably Numb."

And Alan Leeds, Prince's former tour manager, in Rolling Stone was awesome: "Nobody better understand that merging of video and music than he did. Well, I shouldn't say nobody: obviously Madonna did and Michael [Jackson] did and so on. But he was amongst the first."

Sean McPherson

In hour three of the April 25, 2016, episode of The Right Time with Bomani Jones (from the 11:30 - 19:50 mark) Bomani Jones digs into his thoughts on Prince. Bomani is a lifelong fan and somebody who is willing to talk very frankly about the man's career and his impact. He goes in deeper on his personal, non-ESPN podcast, but actually, this small radio bite captures a lot of thoughts that fans are facing in the past days. He talks about Prince uniting the generations, challenging societal norms and living his life with the courage and audacity that none can match. I also like to see Bomani explain how Prince has the courage to communicate an adventurous, playful and challenging version of American male identity. To see a written reflection of Prince, check out Bomani Jones' SFW article in Playboy.

Luke Taylor

This performance of "Purple Rain" by John Mark Nelson during a gig in Manhattan on April 21 is a heartfelt tribute, a shout-out from one Minnesota musician to another.

Join us for a #NothingCompares2U radio simulcast tribute to Prince on Wednesday, May 4, at 5:07 p.m. CDT; find info on how to listen and how to participate.

What are some of your favorite tributes you've seen about Prince? Share them in the comments below.

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