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Bruno Mars Channels Prince in Rousing Grammys Tribute

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.

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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