Prince’s legacy as a songwriter, musician & genius performer was sealed when he was Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15th, 2004. This year’s ceremony featured a tribute by Lenny Kravitz.
An astoundingly prolific—and chameleonic—songwriter, he released dozens and dozens of albums throughout his nearly 40-year career. He also invented the “Minneapolis sound,” an electric and eclectic funk/R&B/synthrock hybrid that became massively influential in the ‘80s and beyond. In short, Prince ripped up music’s rulebook and instead decided to create his own blueprint for success. [Rock & Roll Hall of Fame]
Highlights shared in this official 2004 Induction video from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame include performance clips, the Induction speeches from Outkast (André 3000 and Big Boi) and Alicia Keys, as well as Prince’s own acceptance speech.
When Prince was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2004, he took part in a George Harrison tribute performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” During the song—which also featured heavyweights Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and Jeff Lynne—the Purple One unleashed a stunning, virtuosic guitar solo infused with fiery blues flourishes and squealing psychedelic rock licks. At the end of the song, Prince tossed his guitar into the air—and even the musicians onstage weren’t exactly sure where (or even if) it landed. [Rock & Roll Hall of Fame]
Watch the out of this world performance C/O Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
The mystery about the “disappearing guitar” from Prince’s iconic performance was solved at Paisley Park’s Celebration 2017. During a panel discussion with Prince’s longtime guitar technician Takumi Suetsugu, he revealed that Prince had given him specific instructions; he was to catch the guitar after Prince threw it into the air, and then run out into the audience and give it to Oprah!
During this year’s 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz paid tribute to his friend Prince with a performance of “When Doves Cry” and “The Cross” at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City.