To honor the life of Prince Rogers Nelson and his influence on American pop culture and the worldwide music scene, the networks are rolling out a host of TV specials. As reported by CNN on April 22, the amazing artist sold out stadiums, stole the silver screen, won awards and the hearts of millions of fans across the globe. Over the span of four decades, Prince received seven GRAMMY® Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “Purple Rain, and a Golden Globe. He sold over 100 million records worldwide that included 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits. There’s no denying that the 5’2” powerhouse left his mark on the music world.
On Saturday, April 23 at 1 pm EST, AXS TV is set to air the Prince episode of “Rock Legends.” This TV special takes viewers behind the scenes of live performances, plus includes in-depth interviews and rare footage of the legendary superstar. It’s a must-see special for Prince fans everywhere. A repeat airing is set for 7 pm EST on Tuesday, April 25.
Right after “Rock Legends,” AXS will air another Prince TV special on Saturday at 2 pm EST. It’s titled “Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business.” It looks closely at Prince’s 40-year career from his debut album “For You” in 1978 through some of his present day concerts. “Slave Trade” takes viewers on a twisting journey, detailing Prince’s noted disputes with Warner Bros., as he fought to be paid more than contemporaries such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. The ongoing struggle gave birth to an artistic revolution, as the unique artist took his art into his own hands, cutting ties with the record label and re-branding himself with the iconic hieroglyph symbol. The comprehensive film also covers Prince’s embracing of the digital age, as well as the success of his 28th studio album “Musicology,” and his show-stopping Super Bowl performance in 2007, which many consider to be one of the best halftime shows ever. A repeat airing is set for 8 pm EST on Tuesday, April 25 on AXS TV.
Over on ABC, the network will pay tribute to Prince on Friday night. According to TVNewser, the entire hour of “Nightline” will be dedicated to Prince and his impact on music throughout the world. The special edition of “Nightline” is titled “Prince: Death of a Legend” and will air at 10 pm EST tonight on ABC.
The OWN network is also getting into the act by airing a rebroadcast of Oprah Winfrey’s first interview with Prince following his iconic name change. During the special, Oprah visits Prince’s recording studio at Paisley Park outside Minneapolis, the site of his shocking death on April 21. It airs at 8 pm EST on Saturday, April 23 on OWN.
MTV and VH1 continue to air everything Prince on Friday. Both networks will broadcast archival interviews, behind-the-scenes moments and rare footage on April 22. MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel will be Prince-focused on Friday, while MTV News will air a podcast spotlighting his impact on music and is dispatching correspondents to New York and Paisley Park to speak with fans. VH1 will air “Purple Rain” at 12 noon and 10:30 pm EST on Friday, April 22, plus at 3:30 am, 9 am, and 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 23.