Celebrity Reactions To Prince's Death Show How Iconic He Was
When the news broke Thursday that Prince had died at his Paisley Park, Minnesota estate at the age of 57, fans immediately took to Twitter to express their sorrow and their memories of the artist. The celebrity reactions to Prince's death in particular show the breadth of his influence. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist known for his prolific output, was found dead in his recording studio Thursday. Originally from Minnesota, the musician, born Prince Rogers Nelson, reached superstardom with his 1984 album Purple Rain, but that is only one of the many works that earned him the admiration and fandom of even the world's most famous and accomplished entertainers.
That makes sense given how much Prince was influenced by other entertainers and honored them with his work. The Associated Press noted that Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and James Brown were all major influences. Over the course of his career, Prince earned 30 Grammy nominations and won seven, according to CNN. His best-known songs include "When Doves Cry" from Purple Rain but also "Kiss," "Let's Go Crazy," "Cream," "Batadance," "Raspberry Beret," and lots more. To get a full sense of his success, check out Billboard's list of Prince's greatest hits.
Check out some celebrities' immediate reactions to this incredible loss:
BREAKING NEWS: Prince is dead, at 57.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 21, 2016
One of the greatest entertainers in history.
Another huge loss to music.
Omg..... RIP Prince.... — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
I am just gonna enjoy Prince music and be sad and please y'all don't get bossy telling people how to be on Twitter to suit your preferences.— roxane gay (@rgay) April 21, 2016
Prince? No, no, no.— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) April 21, 2016
A shock to read #Prince has died. He was so magnificent at the Super Bowl that I was privileged to perform the National Anthem in sign. RIP— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 21, 2016
We've lost the greatest artist of my generation. I danced on stage with him when milo was in my belly. Prince, I will forever love you. #RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 21, 2016
Just heard about Prince ....can't believe it ....... - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 21, 2016
"Dearly beloved— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life..."
PRINCE passed away???! WTF??!!!— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 21, 2016
WHAT!!???? PRINCE!!!????? IS THIS A DREAM!????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We just lost a true artistic PIONEER. Heart broken— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) April 21, 2016
Oh my god. Prince. Oh my god.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 21, 2016
Crushed to hear the news about Prince... What an artist. What an influence. Thank you for the love. And the funk ✨— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Prince....there's no way— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 21, 2016
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) April 21, 2016
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) April 21, 2016
In Minneapolis right now...and it's raining...
Legendary Prince is dead!! How tragic! #soundtrackofmylife— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 21, 2016
Prince.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) April 21, 2016
Prince was my favorite musician and Purple Rain is my favorite album. At a time when the world… https://t.co/2FHrGAfWrX— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 21, 2016
Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones. https://t.co/JT52sKlJBJ— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 21, 2016
PRINCE?!?!!?? Oh my god— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) April 21, 2016
Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to work with him— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 21, 2016
#prince I just don't feel like it was his time to go yet... We should hav celebrated him more while he was alive .— Natasha Bedingfield (@natashabdnfield) April 21, 2016
The word genius is overused. Prince, however, was a super-genius. Prolific and visionary. And always a sweetheart. Soundtrack of my life.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) April 21, 2016
Already a bad year for losing musical legends. Gigantic kick to crotch to lose Prince so young. So sad.— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) April 21, 2016
sweet, smooth transitions Prince. thank you for your medicine.— Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) April 21, 2016
LEGEND❤️— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 21, 2016
I wish I could have expressed my love for him before he left. https://t.co/drlyFNWF9X
RIP Prince. I've never known all the words to your songs but damn do they make me feel good.— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) April 21, 2016
Once again Heaven's band just got even more incredible. One of my absolute idols #Prince. Thank u for showing me what true GREATNESS is!!— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) April 21, 2016
Oh no. No no no. Not another! So sad. Rest in peace Prince.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 21, 2016
R.I.P. Prince. One of the greats.— Papa Roach (@paparoach) April 21, 2016
I cannot believe that Prince is dead. My brain refuses to believe it. Like some sick internet hoax, it just can’t be true. Leveled.— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) April 21, 2016
Prince??!!??!! NOOOOOOO!!!!! — Lance Bass (@LanceBass) April 21, 2016
PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! celebrate you forever.— Edward Sharpe (@EdwardSharpe) April 21, 2016
Prince was a true artist, he blew me away, inspired me, and gave me fuel to be the best artist I can be. He will always be celebrated.— Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince. The only person I ever saw a crowd part for.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 21, 2016
A tremendous unparalleled talent has left us today. Seems unimaginable. Prince may you be resting in peace.— Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic) April 21, 2016
I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating.— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 21, 2016
Prince, you will be more than missed. RIP.