Last night (April 23), Saturday Night Live dedicated a full episode to the musical performances and memories that Prince delivered and created on the show throughout the last 40 years. As one could expect, older and somewhat grainy footage of Prince performing musical guest-spots in 1981, 1989 and 2014 were coupled with some classic skits that satirized the singer's persona. Jimmy Fallon kicked the night off with the opening monologue, albeit in an empty Studio 8H, and fought back emotion while introducing the program.
He said: "Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently, but there was always something so different about a Prince performance. It was special, it was an event, it was Prince." Watch the clip above.
The broadcast relived the icon's three music-guest performances on SNL, starting with his inaugural show, a 1981 performance of the song "Party Up." Next was his Batman-tinged version of "Electric Chair," performed on the show in 1989, and 2014's rendition of the song "Clouds," performed as a duet with Lianne La Havas. Check out "Electric Chair" below.
Perhaps most salient of all the Prince-SNL-ephemera was Fallon's account of the singer's impromptu performance at the show's 40th anniversary after-party. The Tonight Show host recalls a room packed with the world's biggest stars standing aside for Prince to take the stage and regale them with a song: "There was just so much joy and love and fun put into this thing, it was the greatest, coolest party you can even imagine."
Sounds like a Prince-party, right? Watch Fallon's description of that night below.