It’s comes as no surprise that there are a number of celebrities who cite Prince as a role model—it might even be hard to believe celebrities have role models or influencers, but everyone has to get started somehow. And after untimely Prince’s death yesterday, we thought to honor him by mentioning the talent he influenced that we have come to appreciate today: the people who were touched by Prince’s best lyrics and drew inspiration from his songs, his music, and his life.
Back in September, 2014, while promoting his solo album, Jonas spoke to fuse about his own role models and music influencers and how they impacted his career.
“The sound of the album is kind of an alternative pop/R&B feel,” the “Jealous” singer explained. “I’ve got soul as my roots in the vocal space, and then taking Stevie Wonder, Prince, and flipping [that sound] on its head with some of its newer influences like The Weeknd and Jhené Aiko and stuff like that that I’m really inspired by.”
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today… #RIPPrince
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016
When the actress and model found out her friend had died, she was as shocked and devastated as much as the rest of the world. “I’m in shock,” she told E! News exclusively. “This is so sad.” Electra also dated Prince back in the early ‘90s and he is responsible for her start and her name.
“I received a call from Prince saying I think you should be your own artist and not back up anyone else. I’m going to write you a song and if you like it, you can record it,” she remembered during an interview on OWN. “The name of the song was ‘Carmen on Top.’ My name is Tara, so I was confused. I loved the song. I loved it, but he said, ‘You’re not a Tara. You’re not Tara. You’re Carmen.”
Prince always had an eye for talent and trusted his instincts, bringing out the best in others and embracing their potential.
Shortly after the late rocker’s death, Timberlake penned a letter about how much Prince meant to him on E! News’ web site. The following is an excerpt of Timberlake’s tribute on Prince’s death.
“They say don’t meet your idols … That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music … It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”
Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Actor Will Smith was a close friend of Prince and was one of the last people to speak with him before he died. “I am stunned and heartbroken,” Will, 47, said on Facebook yesterday. “I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
She may not be on the A-list, but this Disney Channel alum was greatly touched by Prince and is the reason she shared her amazing dance moves, from Missy Elliot’s “Work It” to Camp Rock.
Prince is the reason I started learning music theory, modes, & funk. Legends always seem to go way too soon. My heart is heavy.. #RIPprince
— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) April 21, 2016