Watch Aretha Franklin Sing “Purple Rain” During White House Prince Tribute


Artists continued paying tribute to the recently departed Prince over the weekend, including Aretha Franklin, who sang an abridged version of “Purple Rain” Saturday, as part of a tribute during the White House’s international Jazz day concert.

Aretha performed with some help from the show’s elite jazz ensemble, which included legends like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, and Chick Corea. According to Rolling Stone, Sting, Buddy Guy, Alison Krauss, and Jamie Callum also performed. If all that sounds like something you’d like to check, the entire 94-minute show is available right now on YouTube.

For now, here’s a brief clip of Aretha singing “Purple Rain.”

It was a busy weekend at the White House, and this isn’t the only Prince tribute that came of it: Helen Mirren, while attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, paid tribute in her own way.