What better way to honor Prince than through song?
Just hours after the 57-year-old singer was found dead in his Minnesota home, Paisley Park, Jennifer Hudson paid her respects to him in New York City on Broadway. Joined by Cynthia Erivo and the rest of The Color Purple cast, she brought the house down by performing "Purple Rain." Before singing the 1984 classic, she thanked the audience for showing up. "I'm not a speaker by any means. I did not expect to have to speak on tonight, but God has his way," Hudson said. "As we all know, today we lost a legend. Ooh, Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine: Prince, who was dear to all of us. Every single one of us."
Prince had reached out to Hudson not too long ago. "He called me while we were here and asked me to come out, you know, to this event because he was writing his book. And he told me, 'You can bring your cast members along.' All these amazing people. Aren't they awesome? We were honored to be in his presence one last time and we got to have that moment," she said. "So tonight, if you guys don't mind, we'd like you all to join us in honoring Prince. He said his music will live on and he will live through his music so we want to keep him alive today with this song. I might not get through this, but I will try. Help us out. Can we all do this together?" As fans rose to their feet, Hudson shouted, "I know you all know the song!"