Add Chris Stapleton to the list of singers paying tribute to Prince over the past weekend. The iconic pop musician sadly passed away on April 21 at the young age of 57, and Stapleton chose to honor him in song at his Berkeley, California show on Saturday, April 23rd.
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his home, but the cause of death is still unknown. Autopsy results will still be pending for a few more weeks.
Stapleton chose to sing the Prince-penned hit made famous by Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U” at his California concert. He addressed the crowd beforehand, saying, “Hell, I’m gonna try this, not because I can actually do it, but because I’m gonna do it for a great musician that we lost.”
The stage was lit in purple as the band began to perform the 1985 hit. As expected, Stapleton and his band did the song major justice with a flawless rendition.
Stapleton recently shared his admiration for Prince in a statement to Rolling Stone Country. “I don’t think you can exist in music and not have been influenced by him. His music has been part of the musical psyche for the entirety of my life,” he explains. “He’ll be missed.”
In previous concerts, Stapleton has also been covering country music legend Merle Haggard in light of his recent passing.