So touching! Jimmy Fallon is such a massive Prince fan that for the second night in a row, his show paid tribute to the late singer. On Apr. 26, instead of sharing stories, he had R&B sensation D’Angelo appear and give Prince a magical musical sendoff!
Aww! We’ve got to hand it to Jimmy Fallon for showing such amazing respect for Prince following his tragic Apr. 21 death at 57-years-old. The 41-year-old Tonight Show host had R&B singer/songwriter D’Angelo, 42 appear as his musical guest for the night on Apr. 26 to give a gorgeous and heartbreaking performance in the superstar’s honor.
D’Angelo sat in front of a grand piano and sang the ballad ” Sometimes it snows in April” — as the entire stage was bathed in purple light in Prince’s honor. He was backed up in harmony by none other than former SNL star Maya Rudolph, 43 and jazz singer Gretchen Lieberum, who have their own Prince tribute band called Princess.
The song is slow moving and oh so touching with lyrics in the chorus that, “Sometimes I wish life was never-ending, and all good things, they say, never last. Love isn’t love until its past.” All three performers could barely contain their tears while singing it. The emotional song first appeared on Prince‘s 1986 album Under The Cherry Moon and was recorded in one take. D’Angelo’s voice perfectly matches the heartbreak that Prince sang to in the song and it was absolutely gut-wrenching.
Jimmy did his own personal tribute to Prince on his Apr. 25 broadcast, wearing a purple tie and sharing with the audience a hilarious story about the time the superstar hit him up to play a game of ping-pong. He randomly got a text saying that Prince wanted to meet him at Susan Sarandon‘s Manhattan ping pong center at a set time to play a game, and when Jimmy got there, Prince was waiting in a curtained area with a paddle in his hand and a grin on his face. Stream Prince’s music, completely unlimited and ad-free, RIGHT HERE.
They made almost no small talk as Prince simply asked him if he wanted to warm up and then it was game on, with Prince just mentioning the scores every now and then. On the winning shot, Jimmy said Prince’s ball seemed like it was in slow motion and on fire as it hit the end of Jimmy’s side, winning the game. He then bent down to pick up the ball and when he stood up, Prince had vanished! No “good game” no farewell, he just disappeared! Jimmy’s bandleader Questlove saw Prince get in his car outside and asked him how the game went and the singer simply said, “ask your boy.” Classic!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Jimmy’s musical tribute to Prince?