Here are all the best Prince tributes from Coachella

Just one day before Coachella weekend two was due to commence, the world was rocked by the news of music legend Prince had passed away. Such is Prince’s influence, there was always going to be a multitude of tributes from performers across every genre throughout the festival’s closing weekend. Big name acts such as Ice Cube and LCD Soundsystem paid tributes in their own way, with many more performers bathing themselves and their audiences in purple light for covers and dedications.

Sufjan Stevens with Gallant

Any Prince cover is gonna be emotional, but they don’t get much more emotional than Sufjan Stevens doing ‘Purple Rain’, joined by Gallant for a soaring vocal contribution.

LCD Soundsystem

‘Controversy’ makes a good fit for LCD Soundsystem, its minimal dance arrangement still potent with energy. James Murphy and co. paid tribute with a pulsing cover of the track.

Mavis Staples

R&B legend Mavis Staples delivered a touching speech about her “son” during her Coachella performance, detailing how she was signed to Prince’s label.

Ice Cube

In a surprise-packed weekend 2 set, Ice Cube took time to dedicate his performance to “my man, Prince. Rogers. Nelson.”

Major Lazer with Usher

Joining Major Lazer, major Prince disciple Usher came onstage for a karaoke rendition of ‘I Would Die 4 U”, before busting out some sweet dance moves.


Coachella itself paid tribute by broadcasting Prince’s performance of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ over the festival screens in the lead-up to LCD Soundsystem’s set ending with his quote “from now on, this is Prince’s house”.


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Guns N’ Roses dedicated their set to Prince, saying they didn’t have time to rehearse a cover. But Duff McKagan’s bass was adorned with a love symbol sticker, according to Rolling Stone.

Ellie Goulding interspersed a touch of ‘When Doves Cry’ into her performance of ‘Lights’.

Kamasi Washington paid tribute to His Royal Badness by integrating elements of ‘1999’ into ‘Malcolm’s Theme’

Gallant again paid tribute during his own set with ‘Diamonds and Pearls’, joined by surprise guest Jhene Aiko.

Jack Ü, aka Diplo and Skrillex, dropped Prince hits into their set, as did many other DJs over the weekend.

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