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Our Favorite Prince Covers Right Now: Springsteen, D’Angelo and More

David Gilmour, Janelle Monáe, Chris Stapleton and others pay tribute to the Purple One

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Not surprisingly, in the wake of Prince's tragic death, many of his famous fans have been moved to pay tribute – by covering his music. We, meanwhile, have been moved to watch, listen and enjoy those performances, as a way of remembering the Purple One and his legacy, which lives on in those he inspired and influenced. Below are just a few of our favorite recent Prince covers, from Bruce Springsteen's take on "Purple Rain" to the cast of Hamilton's celebration of "Let's Go Crazy"

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LCD Soundsystem, “Controversy”

Not every Prince tribute was a sad farewell – at Week Two of Coachella, LCD got the crowd moving as they nailed this classic synth-funk jam.

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Cast of ‘Hamilton,’ “Let’s Go Crazy”

As the Hamilton cast took its bows, Lin-Manuel Miranda stirringly read the song's opening monologue, and a Revolutionary dance party broke out on Broadway.

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Janelle Monáe, “Take Me With U”

Monáe worked closely with Prince, and her blazing take on the Purple Rain funk rocker at New Orleans Jazz Fest felt like a plea to join him in the cosmos. "I am because he was," she said.

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