Ellie Goulding, Sufjan Stevens, More Cover Prince at Coachella: Watch Now!
By Rachel McRady
Healing through music! During the second weekend of the Coachella Music Festival, several artists honored the late Prince by covering some of his most iconic songs. The legendary pop star passed away unexpectedly at age 57 last week.
On Friday night, Ellie Goulding performed the song “When Doves Cry,” belting out the vocals with her unique stylings. DJs Skrillex and Diplo (known collectively as Jack U) wrapped up their set with a montage of Prince moments.
Brooklyn-based electro-rock back LCD Soundsystem also jammed out to the Prince anthem “Controversy.” And acoustic artist Sufjan Stevens teamed up with Gallant to perform a mellow rendition of one of Prince’s most famous tunes, “Purple Rain.”
On Saturday, there weren’t as many Prince covers on the set list, but several performers still found ways to pay their respects. Slash featured Prince’s symbol on his guitar while Ice Cube dedicated his performance to the late legend.
Brandon Riley, who performed with Disclosure, wore a purple cape while giving a shout out to the singer. And Usher teamed up with Major Lazer to sing “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.”
These performances come after a week of tributes and social media praise for the late singer. Mariah Carey dedicated a song to her longtime friend at her Paris concert and exclusively spoke to ET backstage.
“Prince, one thing about him that was kind of cool and funny and made me laugh, was he didn’t like when people did his songs,” she dished. “He didn’t like cover songs. He liked other people to do their songs.”
Prince’s cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy was performed last Friday, but the results have not been released to the public.