The Time opened with excerpts of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” two songs that Prince wrote and produced under the pseudonym Jamie Starr. Mars, dressed in Prince’s iconic plum suit, then joined the band for “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Mars and The Time’s performance was the latest among many Prince tributes since the singer’s death last April. Madonna did a sweet cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the Billboard Music Awards in May, where she was joined by Stevie Wonder for part of “Purple Rain.” A month later, the BET Awards featured a series of tributes involving Erykah Badu, The Roots, Steve Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe and others. In October, an all-star concert in Minneapolis included Anita Baker, Chaka Khan and Jessie J. And Bruce Springsteen opened his Brooklyn show with a cover of “Purple Rain.”
Good night, sweet Prince. Your legacy lives on.
CORRECTION: This article previously misstated that Christina Aguilera performed at a Prince tribute concert in Minneapolis in October. She canceled shortly before the concert was held.