Usher stunned the audience at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with a smoking hot tribute to the singer, songwriter, and musician Prince. He brought a joyful side to the annual music event that had a somber feel due to the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna just hours earlier.
The 41-year-old R&B singer took to the stage at the Staples Center to honor the late, multi-talented performer with songs that included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss.”
The audience, a who’s who of importance in the music industry, clapped, danced, and sang along to the iconic tunes. It was just a small taste of what will be a tribute concert to the late singer, who died of an accidental drug overdose in April 2016.
Joining Usher as he sang, danced, and copied some of Prince’s most iconic stage moves was Prince protege Sheila E., a world-famous drummer best known for her hit 1984 tune “The Glamorous Life,” which was written by Prince.
Also appearing on stage alongside Usher was singer-songwriter FKA Twigs, known best for her long romance with former Twilight actor Robert Pattinson. Twigs joined Usher on stage but did not sing. Rather, she performed a sexy pole dance routine during part of the tribute, joining the singer on stage at the conclusion of her dance.
Fans chimed in regarding the performance on Instagram adding their feelings regarding the singer’s tribute of love for the late artist.
“Wow, Usher! Beyond amazing. Thanks for that tribute,” said one fan of both Prince and the former teen idol.
“Started out rough, but ‘Kiss’ was amazing. Look at FKA Twigs as the pole girl!” said a second fan of the singers.
“You’re a child at heart when you recognize that ‘Kiss’ song from Prince as ‘THAT’S THE HAPPY FEET MOVIE SONG,'” quipped a third fan.
Rolling Stone reported that two-time Grammy host Alicia Keys, Usher, and John Legend are just some of the big names that will perform at a special tribute concert for Prince set to take place on January 28 and will air on television in April around the time of the fourth anniversary of the singer’s death.
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At the 2008 GRAMMY Awards, Prince presented the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance to @aliciakeys. It was a full-circle moment for the two musicians, who had publicly admired each other's work for years. •• Alicia covered Prince's song "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?" on her breakout album in 2001, and she was invited to perform at his Paisley Park Celebration that same year. In 2004, she was one of the musicians who inducted Prince into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Prince liked her induction speech so much that he would play it at the beginning of his shows on his Musicology Live 2004ever Tour. •• “Because of him I have never wanted to be like anyone but myself. Because of his music my music has wings to be different," Alicia said.
“Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” will also feature Sheila E., Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Beck, Common, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Earth, Wind & Fire, St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, Chris Martin, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, and Morris Day and the Time.
Prince’s former band The Revolution will also perform during the hotly anticipated tribute.