The music world was in mourning today as people were coming to terms with the untimely passing of Prince, the iconic musician who died yesterday at the age of 57.
It's hard to put into words the sheer talent and influence that Prince had, but many have valiantly tried. Here are just a few of the (literally) thousands of messages of love, gratitude and respect that have been dedicated to Prince in the last 24 hours.
Frank Ocean: "A vanguard and genius by every metric I know"
mourning the loss of the greatest warrior to ever exist in the fight for intellectual property. who screamed "YOU WONT OWN ME". RIP prince..— baby h (@halsey) April 21, 2016
Justin Timberlake: "He's somewhere within every song I've ever written"
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince
Matty Healy / The 1975:
Santa Barbara - Prince Forever pic.twitter.com/AtYaJA0LU3— matty (@Truman_Black) April 22, 2016
Everyone has their own experience. That’s why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don’t have to come back again.” Prince Words can't do justice to how sad I feel, but I know that's just selfish because actually I am so elated for what an incredible Being you are and everything you have done. I feel like you went down all the paths didn't you and now you don't have to come back, so beautiful.
Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed. https://t.co/AbZc3AGxny— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) April 21, 2016
Rest In Peace Prince.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) April 21, 2016
This is so heartbreaking I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time. Haven't loved an artist as long or as consistently as I have Prince. My dream was to one day collaborate with him or play drums for him. He use to come watch #DJAM and I play. Those nights went down as some of my favorite. I taught my kids about him from a very young age and has always stayed a favorite in our family, we even got to see him play a couple times together. Sad day, we lost one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time. One of the greatest guitars players of our time. To me he was truly a musical genius, a true original. Rest in Peace #PURPLERAINFOREVER