The world pays tribute to Prince: President Obama, Questlove, Justin Timberlake, more react to his passing

Nile Rodgers, Jack White, Chance the Rapper also honor the High Priest of Pop


    Earlier today, the world lost one of its best, most legendary artists in Prince. The High Priest of Pop was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park Estate in Chanhassen, Minnesosta, and shortly after, was pronounced dead at just 57 years of age.

    Musicians and celebrities worldwide, across genres and generations, immediately reacted to his passing with tributes conveying deep sadness and genuine shock, as well as sincere gratitude for all the ways in which Prince impacted their lives.

    Among those musicians who’ve tearfully bid their farewell: Questlove, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Frank OceanChance the Rapper, Jack White, Nile Rodgers, CHVRCHES, Atmosphere, Missy Elliott, The Mountain Goats, Brian Wilson, and Florence Welch. Within the film/TV world, Don Cheadle, Michael Keaton, Spike Lee, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, offered up words of their own. President Barack Obama also posted a message on Facebook in Prince’s honor, calling him a “creative icon.”


    Check out all the tributes below.

    President Barack Obama:


    Justin Timberlake:

    Chance the Rapper:

    Jack White / Third Man Records:

    Frank Ocean:

    Killer Mike:



    Nile Rodgers:

    Flying Lotus:


    Wu-Tang Clan:

    Donnie Trumpet:


    Katy Perry:




    Owen Pallett:

    Delta Spirit:

    Neko Case:

    Carole King:

    Death from Above 1979:

    Angel Haze:

    Talib Kweli:


    Duff McKagan:


    The Mountain Goats:

    Ronnie Wood:

    Wyclef Jean:

    Justin Vernon:

    Russell Simmons:

    The National’s Aaron Dessner:

    “Weird Al” Yankovic:

    Tom Morello:

    Zola Jesus:

    Krist Novoselic: 

    Brian Wilson:

    Missy Elliott:

    Alabama Shakes: 

    Kings of Leon:

    Florence Welch:


    Stevie Van Zandt:

    Billy Idol:

    Stevie Nicks:

    Black Thought:


    Andrew W.K.:

    Zooey Deschanel:

    Lin-Manuel Miranda:

    Jay Pharoah:

    Marc Maron:


    Samuel L. Jackson:

    Spike Lee:

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

    Elijah Wood:

    Sarah Silverman:

    Patricia Arquette:

    Zane Lowe:

    Chelsea Clinton:

    Dane Cook:

    Alyssa Milano:

    Olivia Munn:

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:

    Patton Oswalt:

    Chris Rock:

    Michael Keaton:

    Don Cheadle:

    Kevin Smith: