The doves are crying, and so is everyone else. News of Prince's death has stunned, shocked and overwhelmed everyone all around the world. Hollywood is exploding and reeling from the news. We've rounded up reactions from YBF celebs and more who loved him inside...
Throughout the years, and all of my crises, Prince was always there for me. During my bankruptcy he asked me to go on the road with him. When I made the decision to retire he called me and told me that I had a gift and that I could not stop now. He was like my big brother, always looking out for me. No other artist has meant as much to me as he did. He was always there for me giving me his support. I will miss him so much. He was as special of a friend as he was a brilliant talent. My condolences to his family. Good night, sweet Prince.
-Cynthia Erivo and the cast of the Color Purple
My heart is broken. There are no words.
I love you!
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) April 21, 2016
Thank you Prince for your music and friendship
Cant process a world without U pic.twitter.com/f12ugTBC2O
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 21, 2016
-Holly Robinson Peete
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
-Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia -Erykah Badu -Will Smith
Prince and Michael were the only artists I actually followed around the world to see their stellar performances live.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016
Whose gonna carry the torch of these legends? We gotta take music more serious artists! We've lost to many greats! Gotta step our shit up!
— Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic) April 21, 2016
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) April 21, 2016
-Rev. Jesse Jackson
When you find out. Respect and Gratitude sir. Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/TANYnEU2Th
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) April 21, 2016
My whole family is just devastated by this. My dad used to do prince covers back in the Day and I know every word to his songs…. This day
— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) April 21, 2016
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) April 21, 2016
Brokedown & cried at work 2day when I heard about the WORLD's loss of #Prince, an unparalleled genius who's music impacted most of MY LIFE.
— Tracey Edmonds (@Traceyeedmonds) April 21, 2016
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 21, 2016
Tonight I dedicate my show to you I've always talked about doing a song with you on most my interviews but I can at least say I was blessed with the opportunity to sing #purplereign when they HONORED You Thanks For inspiring so many buddy.. You taught me what it means to do what you feel and stay true to the music. You will be Missed but NEVER forgotten and your Music will live forever Heaven Welcome Another Awesome Music Director I've got to pull it together... Loved Him
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) April 21, 2016
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) April 21, 2016
Long Live The King.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 21, 2016
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) April 21, 2016
My heart is broken. Prince man. One of the greatest. This one hurts like MJ.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) April 21, 2016
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) April 21, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that I write this text. Today the world lost a legend and I lost a best friend. Prince, Eye love U 4 Ever- Damaris
— Damaris Lewis (@DamarisLewis) April 21, 2016
-Prince's "muse" Damaris Lewis
I just wanna wake up from this nightmare. 57? No. Oh my Lord. NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Prince Rodgers Nelson was here and he showed OUT!!!!!!
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) April 21, 2016
Thk you for leaving it all on the stage. You were the definition of a true artist. Thk God we were lucky enough to witness your gift #prince
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) April 21, 2016
Frank Ocean wrote a tribute on his Tumblr:
I'm not even gonna say rest in peace because it's bigger than death. I never met the man (I was too nervous the one time I saw him) and I never saw him play live, regrettably. I only know the legends I've heard from folks and what I've heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work.
My assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else's opinion of you…an infectious sentiment that seemed soaked into his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream. He wrote my favorite song of all time, "When You Were Mine." It's a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have — a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable.
He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration — his denial of the prevailing model … His fight for his intellectual property — "SLAVE" written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol…An all out rebellion against exploitation.
A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I'm proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.