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Purple Reign: How Prince Continued to Dominate Pop Culture 1 Year After His Death

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On April 21, 2016, the world suddenly lost Prince Rogers
Nelson and, to be honest, we’ve never quite been the same. From the hilarious faces
the 57-year-old delivered during the BET Awards to kicking
Kim Kardashian off stage to his uncanny ability to blend
social justice and music during pivotal moments like the 2015 Baltimore protests, few superstars remained relevant like Prince. Even one year after his unexpected
death due to an accidental opioid drug overdose in his Minnesota home, Prince’s
influence still reverberates. Here’s a look back at the year since his death
and how his legacy lives on.

April 2016: President Obama, along with the rest of the world, mourned the death of Prince
by calling him “a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an
electrifying performer,” according
to Rolling Stone.

May 2016: Shonda Rhimes used Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Delirious” on two of her hit
ABC shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The Purple One’s jams were
notoriously hard to clear, but Rhimes gained her green light in just days, she told Rolling Stone. Afterward, he sent her
pictures of himself dressed up saying he was a “gladiator in a suit.”

RELATED: Lenny Kravitz to Perform Prince Tribute at 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

June 2016: Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Janelle Monae, The Roots, Maxwell, Sheila E. and
more paid tribute to the Purple One during the annual BET Awards, where years
earlier, during his own living tribute in 2010, Prince gave Trey Songz that
withering gaze during his yodel-filled rendition of “Purple Rain” and later held
up Patti LaBelle’s high heel, which she’d kicked off the stage. Don’t you
miss that? 

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