Tributes on music award shows don’t always do the artist justice. But Prince’s tribute on Sunday at the BET awards was one of the best tributes I’ve seen in a long long time.
It’s been a couple days and I still can’t forget how much fun it was to watch Prince watch other artists sing, reinterpret and celebrate his songs during the BET Awards on Sunday.
There were many, but for me the main reason the Prince tribute was so great to watch was because it gave us a glimpse into how Prince might of respond as a fan at some of his favorite concerts.
As the medley of songs unfolded, it was like we were watching Prince voyage back to the moment when he first went through his own fan-to-artist live concert transformation.
And what I love the most was having the chance to see Prince get jazzed emotionally and physically respond as he watched other artists, who he has inspired, re-inspired him all over again.
I still don’t know what was better, watching Prince’s reactions or watching the other artist’s performance themselves.
Either way, it was an excellent live music moment, and it all climaxed when Patti LaBelle flung her shoe (video above) and Prince caught it during finale of Purple Rain.
I can’t remember seeing an artist be so moved at an award show like Prince was at he sat in the front row bobbing his head and feeling the groove.
And we all know moments like these don’t always happen during award show tributes. And like Lady’s Gaga’s performance at the 2009 AMA’s, I definitely have a bit more faith in the ability of award show to deliver the goods for fans at home and the artist watching in the seats. I say this because performances like the Prince tribute made me feel like I was right there in the front row taking it all in.