Maya Rudolph & D’Angelo honor Prince on The Tonight Show
Last week, the world was rocked by the surprising news that Prince passed away. Since then, fans, fellow musicians and celebrities alike have made beautiful tributes to The Purple One with social media posts, street side memorials, murals, think pieces and musical renditions of their favorite Prince songs.
Last night, Maya Rudolph and D’Angelo decided to add to the list of tributes with a stirring performance of “Sometimes It Snows in April” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While no one was surprised to see D’Angelo onstage, some were shocked to see the former SNL queen beside him.
Maya is part of Princess, a Prince cover band she created with her long-time friend Gretchen Lieberum. According to a report on essence.com, Princess performed a concert earlier this week in Austin, Texas that included the songs “Controversy,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” and the most famous Prince song of them all, “Purple Rain.”
During the song, D’Angelo and Maya tried to keep their composure, but were moved to tears as they thought about their mentor and friend. Finally, Maya gave a moving speech on what Prince meant to her:
You never think your heroes are going to die. It’s so strange, but it happened to me. My hero died. I never knew what that felt like. And it’s so sad, because there just aren’t that many incredible musicians left. I’ve been a Prince fan my whole life and am realizing how many other people in the world loved him. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but now I just want to sing more songs. I know that’s what Prince would do.