Prince Made Beyonce Nervous At The 2004 Grammys, But His Advice For Her Made Their Performance Epic
If you haven't heard, on Thursday, April 21, legendary singer Prince died at the age of 57. His rep confirmed the news to Bustle with the following statement: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57." There's no doubt that he will forever be remembered, because he impacted the lives of many. Actually, there is one particular moment that I'm sure many fans will never forget, and that is the time Prince and Beyoncé performed at the 2004 Grammys with a medley from his 1984 film Purple Rain. They also sang Bey's "Crazy In Love."
Update: The Carver County Sheriff's Office released the following statement to Bustle:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
Earlier: Yes, it's was as amazing as it sounds. I can't imagine being on stage with either Prince or Beyoncé, but they were lucky enough to stand together and perform at the music awards. And it's something Queen Bey will never forget.
In a 2010 interview with Giant Magazine, Beyoncé opened up about singing with the icon. Guess what? He made her nervous. One would never think that Beyoncé, who basically runs the world with her music, gets nervous, but she does. Obviously, you couldn't tell during their performance, but still that just goes to show how influential Prince was.
You can hear Beyoncé give her firsthand experience of performing with Prince in the above audio. Not only is the 34-year-old singer very candid about it all, in a way that you might not expect today, but she also reveals the advice Prince gave her when he noticed how nervous she was.
"Walking into rehearsals, I was just so overwhelmed and nervous and starstruck," she admitted. They rehearsed every day for an hour for an entire week, which definitely made her more comfortable to be in his presence. That said, she revealed, "I was so scared and in my shell in rehearsals." That led to Prince tell her, "Don't be scared. Come on, belt it out."
Well, I think it's safe to say that she did, because their Grammy act was a hit. Beyoncé called the entire experience "surreal," and I have no doubt that it was. Based on this performance alone, Prince was most definitely in his element on the stage singing his songs that are beloved by so many.
So, in honor of the legacy Prince leaves behind, watch he and Bey rock it out at the Grammys in the below video.