One week ago, the planet lost an irreplaceable talent. We're still reeling from the shock of Prince's death on April 21 at his Minnesota home, and the music world will be feeling the sting of his loss for decades to come. This past week, we wrote, spoke, and dug into the archives to salve our grief and connect to the joy Prince Rogers Nelson brought to us and the world.
Here are all of our tributes to Prince. It’s the least we could do.
"The Beautiful One: Remembering Prince's Rich Life and Legacy," an in-depth obituary by Michaelangelo Matos, the author of the definitive book on Prince's classic Sign 'O' the Times.
"Prince: A Eulogy," a one-of-a-kind farewell filled with soul, humor, and love, written by a critic who chronicled Prince's career, Greg Tate. The “Purple Rain” solo of eulogies.
A pair of MTV News podcast specials: "Dearly Beloved," an emotional roundtable conversation recorded in the immediate wake of Prince’s passing. Jane Coaston, Jamil Smith, and Doreen St. Félix examine all he made possible, including how he toyed with gender and foregrounded black weirdness. Alex Pappademas and New York Times film critic Wesley Morris reunite their “Do You Like Prince Movies?” podcast for the sad occasion. This week, we bring out "Dearly Beloved, Part 2," a sequel focusing on Prince's collaborations with women; Amy Nicholson, our film critic, discusses Prince’s films.
A moving 1985 clip from MTV’s archives — Prince's first-ever televised interview, where he discusses his belief in the afterlife.
"Prince Made Me Free," Jane Coaston's powerful essay on Prince as a queer icon.
"The Night Prince Walked on Water," Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's poetic remembrance of Prince's 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance.
"Grief at the Gates at Paisley Park," Ana Marie Cox's on-the-scene report from Prince's estate and recording studio in the hours after his death was made public.
"In a Special Sky: How Prince Escaped From Time," a reflection by Brian Phillips on Prince's transcendent spirit.
"Prince Can't Die," a heartbreaking essay by Carvell Wallace on how Prince's music echoed through his and his mother's life.
"Words of Liberation: Prince's Lyrics and Queer Identity," Marcus Patrick Ellsworth's reflection on what it meant to hear the opening lines of "I Would Die 4 U" as a young LGBTQ person.
"Prince Understood Batman Better Than Anyone," Ira Madison III's appreciation of the place where two American cultural heroes met.
"I Had Other Loves, But Nothing Compares 2 Prince," a thoughtful meditation on music and heartbreak by Rebecca Thomas.
"While His Guitar Gently Wept," Daniel Ralston's moment-by-moment chronicle of Prince's incredible guitar solo at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
"The Auteur More Famously Known As Prince," chief film critic Amy Nicholson's revealing look at Prince's career behind the camera.
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