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Bruno Mars and The Time Pay Loving, Funky Tribute to Prince at The GRAMMYs

by Zach Seemayer 8:30 PM PST, February 12, 2017
Playing Bruno Mars and The Time Pay Loving, Funky Tribute to Prince at The GRAMMYs

Music's biggest awards show remembered Prince on Sunday with two amazing performances.

Bruno Mars and pop-funk group The Time took to the GRAMMYs stage to pay tribute to the late music icon.

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Host James Corden introduced the epic tribute by setting the scene for the audience: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to take you back in time to Minneapolis, 1985. The sky is purple and the First Avenue club is sold out. But you, you have tickets to the hottest show on the planet. Where glam meets funk, rock meets fantasy, leather meets lace. What does that look like? What does that sound like? We're about to show you."

The Time, who memorably appeared with Prince in the 1984 blockbuster film Purple Rain, were the first to hit the stage, rocking shimmering suits and performing a mash-up of their funk hits, "Jungle Love" and "The Bird," as the audience danced and sang along to the funk classics.

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Then it was Bruno Mars' turn to show his love for Prince's legacy, and he did it with an amazing rendition of the legend's 1984 single, "Let's Go Crazy," while decked out just like the late star, rocking a glittery purple suit, complete with a white ascot.

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Mars showed just how talented he really is while covering the iconic song. Not only did he nail Prince's vocal range, he shredded on the guitar in a performance that blew most other Prince tributes out of the water.

Days before show, The Time frontman Morris Day revealed during an interview with The GRAMMYs how the group planned on honoring Prince's incredible legacy: "We gonna whip it up. Funky nasty. Stanky. Pimp suits. What else?"

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During the course of his illustrious career, Prince won seven GRAMMYs and was nominated for 26 others.

The late artist was also nominated this year in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category, for Hit n Run Phase Two -- the singer's final album released before his death, which was also his 39th studio album.

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The "Purple Rain" performer died last April of an accidental Fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.

In the months following his shocking death, a multitude of concerts were held in his memory, as well as several tributes at different awards shows, like the BET Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Check out the video below for a look at some other powerful Prince memorial performances.

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