Dressed in a suit and purple tie, SNL alum Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a tribute to the "Purple Rain" singer, which was followed by a look back at his many memorable performances and appearances on the sketch comedy show.
"Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently, but there was something different about a Prince performance," the 41-year-old Tonight Show host said. "It was special. It was an event. It was Prince."
"Times have changed, styles have come and gone, but no matter what, Prince has never not been cool," he added. "Larger than life, fashion, music, you couldn't take your eyes off him. I mean, he had his own color. Who has their own color? He owns purple. The guy was just amazing. He lived his music and it just came through him."
SNL aired everything from Prince's very first appearance on the show in 1981 (when The Purple One was just 22-years-old!) to a never-before-seen surprise performance that took place in February 2015 at an after party celebrating the show's 40th anniversary.
That soiree was extra memorable for Fallon, who told the crowd, "It was the last time I saw him."
Fans have flocked to Prince's Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, since the news of his death. On Saturday, his family and close friends gathered at the complex as well to pay their final respects in a private memorial service.