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Prince's Super Bowl XLI Halftime Performance Was Simply The Greatest

“Can you make it rain harder?”

On the day of Super Bowl XLI in 2007, a producer for the show called Prince to warn him that a storm was brewing over Dolphin Stadium, where he was slated to perform the halftime show that night.

“I want you to know it’s raining,” the producer told him. “Are you OK?”

"Yes, it’s raining," Prince answered. “Can you make it rain harder?” 

The answer was quintessential Prince -- a star who thrived on the thrill of performing, whose on-stage demeanor and dazzle will never be replicated. And as we all know by now, he transformed the inclement, unpredictable, uncontrollable weather from a burden to a boon, ending the 12-minute set with an emotional rendition of "Purple Rain," complete with the actual raindrops streaming down his face and 74,512 voices echoing his every word.

The Colts went on to defeat the Chicago Bears that night, 29-17. Peyton Manning won his first Super Bowl title and his first championship MVP. But in a couple of decades, no one will be talking about Peyton’s ring. They’ll be talking about "Purple Rain" and Prince’s real, oh-so-perfect rain.

Watch more of the performance here. Believe us, it’s worth it.

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