The tribute also includes performance by Bilal who belts out 'Beautiful Ones' alongside The Roots and Stevie Wonder who joins Kelly for 'Take Me With You'.
"On April 21, we got that news, and literally our hearts were broken," said Chappelle. "I was 11 years old when Purple Rain came out, and by the time I was 20, Prince had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol... We miss him dearly. And tonight we celebrate the rich legacy of this remarkable genius, who we are all so proud of."
Later, Badu appeared in a black beret and all-black outfit teamed with a white fur stole as she launched into a beautiful rendition of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker". Bilal then slowed things down when he belted out "The Beautiful Ones" alongside the Roots members.
The Prince tribute continued with a performance of "Take Me With You" by Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder. The latter interestingly joined Madge during her much-criticized appearance at the BBMAs.
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Jennifer Hudson then followed it up with her powerful cover of "Purple Rain". Janelle Monae, D'Angelo and Prince's ex Sheila E. are also part of the special tribute and are scheduled to perform later tonight.