Jennifer Hudson And The Color Purple Cast’s Tribute To Prince Will Give You Major Chills

Waking up this morning was tough because a couple seconds after hitting the snooze button on my alarm and rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I remembered: Prince is dead. This fact was made a tiny bit easier by enjoying the outpouring of amazing tributes to the Purple One, starting with Jennifer Hudson’s Prince tribute at the end of last night’s performance of The Color Purple on Broadway. JHud absolutely destroyed the aching passion of “Purple Rain,” supported by the rest of the cast and the audience, who sang along with her. You WILL get chills.

Also paying tribute on Broadway was Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the Hamilton crew, who capped off another sold out performance by throwing a mini dance party to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” as they took their curtain call:

Thousands of fans crowded the streets of Minneapolis to celebrate the icon, whose contributions to music crossed so many genres that trying to describe his sound in words can’t do him justice. First Avenue nightclub hosted an all-night dance party that was open to the public, one of many across the nation:

There have also been some pretty incredible pieces of writing over the last 12+ hours, and I highly recommended you carve out some time today to read:

And those are just a few of what I expect will be many more tributes to the man who rock critic Robert Christgau once said should have made “Mick Jagger fold up his penis and go home.” Oh, and the New Yorker showed off their upcoming Prince cover:


Manhattan’s Prince Street subway station got a little bit of  makeover last night:


And Atlas Obscura has a great roundup of just some of places that went purple in honor of Prince last night.

See any other tributes we shouldn’t miss? Post them in the comments!