Fans weren’t the only ones raising their voices to honor Prince. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and others took the stage to pay him tribute.
Prince, who was found unresponsive Thursday at his Paisley Park residence, had an impact on every genre of music. In fact, if you went to a show of any kind Thursday night — pop, country, rap, Broadway or even heavy metal — there’s a good chance you saw some sort of tribute to the Purple One.
Jennifer Hudson led the cast of "The Color Purple" — and the audience — in a powerful rendition of "Purple Rain."
Just down the street on Broadway, the cast of "Hamilton" danced and sang to "Let’s Go Crazy" during their curtain call. Prince was a fan, tweeting just last month after attending the show that it was the "best history lesson ever."
Rihanna paused her concert in Calgary, Alberta to talk about the impact Prince had on her life.
Rihanna: "A lot of us started making music and listening to music because of Prince, so right now I just want to honor him."
And Macklemore did the same in Belfast, Ireland.
Macklemore: "If there’s one thing that Prince taught me, it’s that when you step on this stage, this is the sanctuary."
Mariah Carey fought back tears as she dedicated her song "One Sweet Day" in Prince’s honor.
Mariah Carey: "So it was a very sad day, but we remember the life of someone that we always will treasure."
The tributes kept pouring in. Jimmy Buffett sang "Purple Rain," and Corey Taylor from the heavy metal band Slipknot did a powerful acoustic version of the same song.
Country quartet Little Big Town did an a cappella version of "When Doves Cry," and in Brooklyn, Spike Lee threw an impromptu street party for him and 5,000 of his closest friends.
Spike Lee: "So I just put out on my social media [Thursday], ‘Come on out to Brooklyn, come on out for Fort Green and let’s celebrate.’"