The world is reeling from the shocking news that Prince has died at the age of 57. It has been confirmed that the legendary singer died Thursday morning, following reports that a male body was discovered at his home/studio, Paisley Park, in Minneapolis.
TMZ was the first outlet to report on Prince’s death, with the legendary singer’s publicist confirming the news shortly after. As previously reported, Prince’s exact cause of death has not been revealed. The “Purple Rain” singer was rushed to a hospital in Illinois on April 15 where he was diagnosed with the flu.
One day after Prince’s medical emergency, he addressed fans near his Minnesota home to assure them he was doing OK. According to TMZ, he showed off a new guitar and piano and told the crowd to wait a few days before you “waste any prayers.”
Since Prince’s death, celebrity reactions have been pouring in and his name quickly started to trend on social media. Prince's vast legacy comprises a massive collection of hit songs and iconic TV performances fans can remember him by. Check out seven of his most memorable performances below:
1. Super Bowl Halftime Show
One of Prince’s most iconic and buzzed-about performances was his Super Bowl XLI show on Feb. 4, 2007. He performed “Purple Rain” and other songs during an actual downpour. Even though the weather was bad and there was concern about him playing electric guitars while it was raining, Prince put on an amazing performance.
2. “American Bandstand”
One of Prince’s earliest TV performances was when he performed “I Wanna Be Your Lover” on “American Bandstand.”
3. “The Arsenio Hall Show”
In 2014, Prince once again captivated the world when he took the stage on Arsenio Hall’s talk show to perform “She’s Always in My Hair” with 3RDEYEGIRL.
4. Grammy Awards
Prince performed another killer rendition of “Purple Rain” in 2004 at the Grammy Awards, before bringing Beyoncé out on the stage to join him. After Bey sang a few lines of the song, the two went on to sing a duet of “Baby I’m a Star.”
5. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Prince, along with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison, performed a moving tribute to George Harrison for his 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Even though it was a group performance, Prince stole the show with his guitar solo.
6. Billboard Music Awards
After receiving the Icon Awards in 2013 at the Billboard Music Awards, Prince did a show-stopping 10-minute medley of some of his hit songs, including “Let’s Go Crazy” and “FixUrLifeUp.”
7. “Midnight Special”
Prince singing “I Wanna Be Your Lover” on NBC’s “Midnight Special” in January 1980 — besides being an amazing performance — marked his first television appearance.