"Let's Go Crazy"
30 January 2020
Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince took place on January 28th, and we were there to honour and celebrate the life of one of the greatest artists of his generation, with some of his closest friends and collaborators.
The audience knew they were in for something special from the outset, when they were treated to the spectacle of seeing the Revolution back together in what was, as Sheila E pointed out, the first time "in a while".
They were followed by a stream of legendary acts, including Earth Wind & Fire, Mavis Staples, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, Beck, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Juanes, who each performed thrilling renditions of Prince classics. The crowd became ecstatic when longtime Prince associates The Time - Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Bento - walked on stage, belting out pleasers like “Jungle Love,” “Cool” and “The Bird.”
And the four-hour presentation closed with an all-star rendition of the Prince classic, “Baby I’m a Star” from Purple Rain.
Making this an out-of-this-world experience, the set designers went all out. Many performances took place in front of a digital Minneapolis skyline, while the entire stage was cast in a deep purple, with starry lights overhead that turned the Los Angeles Convention Centre into what felt like a purple rock travelling through space and time.
It was another emotional set in a long line of tributes to Prince that prove time and time again that even though he is no longer with us, his legacy will endure always.
We will update you with the set list once it becomes available. In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 21st - the fourth anniversary of Prince's death - when the event will be broadcast on CBS in America.