While the world is still processing the news of Prince’s death, tributes to the prolific artists continue to come in from his famous friends, fans and colleagues. NBC’s The Voice took the opportunity ahead of their live Monday performance show to honor the artist who sold over records world-wide and earned multiple awards, including Grammys and an Academy Award.
“The Voice” coaches, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton along with host Carson Daly, started the live show with a touching tribute to the living music legend who died at his home on last Thursday.
The stage was bathed in purple light as the audience held lights which help set the solemn mood as one by one the coaches spoke about the artist who influenced so many in the music industry.
Christina Aguilera: “It’s devastating. Prince will always be such an inspiration for every generation to come and music. It’s so fascinating and so amazing to listen to his genius on record. So many songs, no matter what, what age, what era, it would be a hit. That’s a true sign of somebody that’s timeless and legendary and, wow, he just… and I loved his passion for artists, an artist’s rights, and truly staying authentic and genuine to music. There was nothing manufactured about what he did and what he stood for, and that I appreciate more than anything about him.”
Adam Levine: It’s all been so kind of shocking…processing all of it has been a little bit difficult. It seems like all of a sudden I woke up and he was gone. Probably one of the most profound musical influences on me, personally. The whole world felt his presence always. He did things his way, always, until the end. And I just have a lot of respect for someone who is able to continue to make amazing music and never changing anything about who he was. That’s inspiring. I’m going to miss this guy so much.”
Pharrell Williams: “Man, I will never forget when I was a little boy, a friend in Virginia Beach, Virginia, would get her records in the mail. When that “Purple Rain” album came, it played in that apartment complex for the rest of the summer. That’s all my childhood. Like, I will never forget what ‘Darling Nikki’ felt like. I will never forget ‘I Would Die 4 U’ feels like. This guy continues to do it. It’s a shock. We’re going to miss him. But you know what? Every time I see purple – and everybody else here, too – we will definitely be thinking of Prince.”
Blake Shelton: “I wish I would have had a chance to meet Prince; I can only speak of him like a fan, like most of us. His music still, to this day, can change my day. It changes my mood every time I hear it. He was larger than life, and he’s gone, and it’s upsetting, and he is already missed.”
The spoken thoughts were somehow more fitting then a traditional cover of one of his songs which has saturated YouTube, Facebook and Instagram non-stop since his death.
“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.