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Aretha Franklin pays tribute to Prince

Soul legend sings ‘Purple Rain’ at White House

Hosted by President Barack Obama and the first lady, the festivities included performances by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Robert Glasper, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Esperanza Spalding.

“I just invited all my favorite jazz musicians to play in my backyard, which is one of the great perks of the job,” President Obama said.

Halfway through the event, Franklin took the stage to remember Prince.

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.