Bruno Mars Channels Prince in Rousing Grammys Tribute

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The Time and Bruno Mars took the stage to honor the late Prince at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday evening.

Morris Day’s band took the stage to belt out “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” getting the audience moving. The Time and Prince have a strong connection; Prince played a large role in helping to form the band in his native Minneapolis.


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As Prince’s emblem appeared behind the stage, the lights went dark, and when they came back up, Mars was there, in a glittery, purple, Prince-esque suit. He launched into a lively cover of “Let’s Go Crazy,” channeling Prince as he danced around the stage. “Come on baby, let’s get wild!,” the star sang before rocking out on his guitar. He launched into a skillful guitar solo, causing the crowd to go nuts.

The “Purple Rain” singer, who died April 21, 2016, had an extensive history with the Grammy awards, winning seven statues over three decades. His biggest Grammy triumph came in 1985, when he won his first three Grammys for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal (with the Revolution), best album of original score written for a film or TV special (for “Purple Rain”) and best R&B song for “I Feel For You.” He also performed at the ceremony, singing “Baby I’m a Star.”

In 1987, Prince took home the Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal for his 1986 hit “Kiss,” and for “Future Baby Mama,” he won the best male R&B vocal performance in 2008.

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Three of Prince’s albums have been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, including “1999,” “Purple Rain,” and “Sign O’ the Times,” which was added at this year’s ceremony.

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    1. Guitarplayer says:

      Am I the only guitar player in the world who can tell that Bruno Mars did NOT play that solo he was faking??? OMG….come on…..people.

    2. John says:

      Bruno Mars is better than this druggie Prince ever was. And he doesn’t even need heroin to create good music ;-)

    3. valentinomonroe1 says:

      Stop hating on Bruno Mars these other artists would not have done Prince justice as Bruno Mars. The Bee Gees tribute was a mess.

    4. Timmy! says:

      Bruno Mars is an INSULT to Prince.. he doesn’t have an IOTA f the talent that Prince did..

    5. Tony Bear! says:

      Fact check: “The Bird” is a song recorded by The Time. The performance was not a ‘cover’ of a Prince song, as reported in this story. Prince was one of the writers, and produced the song.

    6. Cristina Abdala says:

      For those of you putting down Bruno for his performance I don’t know what you were looking at! He was fantastic and I am a LONG TIME Prince fan! I from the comments I have heard and read a lot more people loved it than disliked it and had to add their bad comments to bring everyone down!

    7. TJ says:

      I have an ideal! A Tribute to Prince Tour by #BrunoMars4real! Put me on staff!

    8. Bruno Mars is the real deal. Morris Day is an amazing OG… I am a Minneapolis Kid and I approve.

    9. Peter White says:

      Bruno sucks. He thinks he could fill Prince’s shoes. No effing way. He is lousy in the guitar and he dances like a chicken in heat. The same people that love Justin Bieber music are the same clueless flakes that praise Bruno. Buwahhahahahahaha !!!!!!!

    10. Stacy says:

      I was disappointed in not only the Prince tribute, but even the Bee Gees. The music was great, but they should have at least shown pictures of them or something along those lines. For the Prince tribute, Sheila E, Wendy and Lisa should’ve been a part of it as well.

    11. Terri Zak says:

      Great job Bruno, no one could have done it better!

    12. It was Pathetic!!
      I worked with Morris Day in the early 80’s … He’s Still the same one trick pony he was then. As for Bruno’s performance, it was just Laughable.

    13. Maribel says:

      Bruno Mars was amazing, he rocked the Grammys’ stage! Loved his guitar solo in “Let’s go crazy”!

    14. Karen G. says:

      Bruno is a talented young Soul – was great to see him<3

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