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EXCLUSIVE: Inside Sheila E.'s Upcoming BET Awards Tribute to Prince: 'It's About His Legacy'

by Raphael Chestang 3:37 PM PDT, June 23, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Inside Sheila E.'s Upcoming BET Awards Tribute to Prince: 'It's About His Legacy'

ET was on hand as Sheila E. prepared for her upcoming tribute to Prince, which she will perform during Sunday's BET Awards.

As the late icon's former fiancé and frequent collaborator, Sheila E. is using the performance to once again honor the life and career of the incomparable musician.

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"It's about his legacy," Sheila E. told ET. "Those songs, he left them for us forever. They are forever embedded in all of us, and I think we're going to have a wonderful time."

After BET criticized Madonna's somber tribute to Prince during the Billboard Music Awards last month, the network promised a better homage to the "Little Red Corvette" singer during its awards show. In addition to Sheila E., BET pulled together a powerhouse lineup that includes The Roots, D'Angelo and Janelle Monae.

"The Glamorous Life" singer also showed off a new tattoo of a butterfly, symbolizing the permanent place Prince has in her life.

"I'm carrying him now," she told ET.

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Prince died in April of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl. He was 52.

Prince's influence continues to be seen in Sheila E.'s work, as she has dedicated her next album, Girl Meets Boy, to the GRAMMY winner. Sheila E. became overwhelmed with emotion while singing the title song off the album, showing that the loss is still tender.

"I could be in Costco and I start crying," the 58-year-old singer admitted. "We're all just really affected by it."

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Several Prince songs are expected to be performed at BET's tribute, where many are hoping to find closure. "We just want to celebrate and want to continue his music legacy," Sheila E. said.

The BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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