People are coming together,celebratingPrince's astounding influence,andsharing stories of the incredible impact he made.And as they try to make sense of this loss,celebrities from a myriad of creative pursuits are coming out in droves to explain what Prince meant to them as an influence,a mentor,and even a friend.Here are some of the most touching tributes.
Director Spike Lee turned his Brooklyn neighborhood into a block party dedicated to his old friend the Purple One.This was the invite he posted on Instagram:
And these are scenes from the incredibly moving evening,which was filled with dancing (to staples like "Little Red Corvette" and "If I Was Your Girlfriend"),plus a spine-tingling sing-along of "Purple Rain" led by Lee himself.
And the outpouring of tributes from celebrities on social media has been heartbreaking and beautiful.
Last night,the Broadway community even used their final curtain calls to pay tribute to Prince.Jennifer Hudson led the cast ofThe Color Purplein "Purple Rain":
The cast ofHamiltonwent "crazy" onstage:
And,finally,Prince's hometown of Minneapolis lit up the the 35W bridge in purple last night: