Best Musical Tribute to Prince: Mavis Staples
The death of Prince shook the entire world of music, and his fellow artists mourned the late superstar throughout the fest's second weekend. His friend, the legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, paused in her early afternoon set on Friday, calling Prince "my angel." Staples was on Prince's Paisley Park label for seven years, and appeared in his 1990 film Graffiti Bridge. She asked for a moment of silence, then sang a bit of "Purple Rain" a cappella. "He was the most beautiful spirit that I have ever met," she said.
Jack Ü and Ellie Goulding both dropped bits of Prince into their sets. During his cameo at Anderson Paak's set, Dr. Dre wore a T-shirt with Prince's symbol; Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan had it on his bass; and Silversun Pickups singer-guitarist Brian Aubert and bassist Nikki Monninger had it scrawled on their arms. Ice Cube dedicated his set to Prince, then sampled the robotic opening ("Don't worry, I won't hurt you...") from "1999" to launch into his own sex anthem "You Can Do It." During their Friday headline set, LCD Soundsystem performed Prince's electro-funk song "Controversy," an early hit whose mingling of electronics and a raw funk beat landed squarely in their comfort zone, with a squealing keyboard melody, a quick blast of horns and singer James Murphy pressing the mic desperately to his face.