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D'Angelo performs emotional tribute to Prince on 'Tonight'

By Marilyn Malara
D'Angelo performs emotional tribute to Prince on 'Tonight'
Singer D'Angelo performs "Sometimes It Snows in April" as a tribute to late singer Prince during "The Tonight Show," on Tuesday night. Screenshot photo by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- D'Angelo performed a heartfelt tribute to the late icon Prince alongside Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum's cover band, Princess, on the latest episode of The Tonight Show.

The musicians took to a purple-lit stage Tuesday night to perform Prince's somber, "Sometimes It Snows in April," during which D'Angelo -- born Michael Archer -- choked up at the mention of Prince's name.

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The R&B artist played a piano-based rendition of the tune, improvising the lyrics, "I often dream of heaven / I know that Prince is there."

The singer's is only the latest Prince tribute among dozens that have taken place throughout the entertainment industry since the "Purple Rain" singer's death last Thursday. D'Angelo, a Virginia native, is reportedly a major Prince fan, despite past drama between the two.

On Monday, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon took some time to recount a fun personal story about Prince, which involved a mysterious ping pong game. Co-host and musician Quest Love also took part in retelling the tale, which he said included a "Grey Poupon" moment from Prince's chauffeured car.

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