Prince Tribute: Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan Lead Lineup
An impressive collection of Prince's friends and famous fans will pay tribute to the late artist at an all-star concert in St. Paul, Minnesota next month. Stevie Wonder, Christian Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Morris Day and the Time are all confirmed to perform at what's being billed as "The Official Prince Tribute." The show will be held at the Xcel Energy Center on October 13th.
Other performers at the event include Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Bilal, Mint Condition, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield. Keyboardist Morris Hayes, a longtime New Power Generation member, will lead that ensemble along with members of 3rdEyeGirl for performances of all songs.
"The family is extremely excited to provide an opportunity for the world to participate in the tribute for our brother Prince," Prince’s sister Sharon Nelson said in a statement.
"Many fans and friends all over the world wanted to have the chance to honor, memorialize and celebrate this incredible man," added the musician's friend and advisor L. Londell McMillan. "We're thrilled we were able to make this happen."
Tickets for the tribute go on sale via Ticketmaster on Monday, September 19th at 10 a.m. CST. The organizers have created the Twitter handle @PRNTRIBUTEOCT13 for official updates about the event.
Wonder spoke with Rolling Stone shortly after Prince's death to share why the artist lived up to his royal name. "Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring," he said. "He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go. He was able to make big transitions. If Michael [Jackson] was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor. Prince fought for his artistic freedom. He didn't allow anyone or anything to get in his way. By following his own path, Prince took music to a whole other place, like the Beatles did. He wanted to change the way things were, like Marvin Gaye did. When you do that, you have to be very sure of yourself."