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Cable TV Nets Announce Tributes to Prince

MTV, MTV2 and VH1 will pay homage to Prince by airing a block of the late musician’s most iconic music videos.

MSNBC has announced it will air a live hour devoted to Prince’s legacy Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, hosted by Brian Williams including interviews with his friends, fans and associates.

BET will continue paying tribute with a music video marathon across its four channels for up to 48 hours on BET, BET Soul, BET Jams and Centric.

Prince, who won seven Grammys throughout the duration of his 35-year music career, was found dead in his Minnesota home Thursday morning at the age of 57.

MTV will replace its previously scheduled TV content with the music videos of Prince classics like “Kiss,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret” and “When Doves Cry.”

Aside from the programming, the music-centric network commemorated the music legend by changing its iconic logo from yellow to purple. It will also air a podcast dedicated to the discussion of Prince’s musical influence and devote its Snapchat channel to Prince-only content.

“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time,” the network said in a Thursday statement. “Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.”

VH1 announced plans to air Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” on Thursday, kicking off a weekend-long marathon. Following the first airing of “Purple Rain,” the network will air a block of his most popular music videos and broadcast the movie several times over the weekend.

OWN said Thursday that the network will remember Prince with a special re-airing of an interview the singer had on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996. It’s set to air this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Other music industry figures including Russell Simmons, Katy Perry, Madonna and Billy Idol took to social media to mourn the loss of the musician, who was known for his flamboyant performances and sexual lyrics.

Los Angeles-based Prince fans can pay their respects at a candlelight vigil in Leimert Park on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also announced that the L.A. City Hall will be lit in purple at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

In Minneapolis, two landmark bridges that cross the Mississippi River were to be lit purple on Thursday night, and plans were made for the City Hall tower bells to play Prince songs on Sunday.

First Avenue, where Prince often performed in his early career and where he filmed much of his movie “Purple Rain,” planned an all-night dance party.

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