Barack and Michelle Obama had Prince at the White House last summer

By Tierney McAfee
Updated April 21, 2016 04:40 PM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); President Obama paid tribute to Prince in a statement Thursday following the iconic artist’s death at the age 57.

“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” the president said. “Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”

Prince performed a two-hour private concert at the White House last June for the Obamas and a select group of friends and VIPs.

Rocking the executive mansion with the likes of his “Kiss” and “Purple Rain,” Prince, at one point, pulled Stevie Wonder on stage to sing his own hit, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” according to the Washington Post.

Obama’s statement continues, “‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said – and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”