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12 Times Prince Not-So-Subtly Threw Shade

He may have been Prince, but he was *king* of shade

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When he gave Halle Berry an award

Scroll through to 2:20 for maximum shade, when Halle Berry couldn't stop gushing over Prince, who presented her with a NAACP Image award.

Don't miss Fuse's original web series The Prince Effect.

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When he side-eyed the GRAMMYs

And then he side-eyed Beck after presenting him with the Album of the Year award.

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When Lil Mo called him out for standing in front of the bathrooms

When Lil Mo and Prince both attended Essence Fest, Lil Mo had to step out of the way for the icon, and she wasn't happy about it, writing:

“had VIP passes to meander the whole superdome dude talmbout ’we gotta hold the walk through cuz PRINCE coming through the back,” she wrote in a since deleted Instagram post. “b**** wtf. I don’t want to see him. I had to PEE.”

Prince's shade? "I hope she know, none of her clothes match," he said in a since deleted Instagram.

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When Prince played bass in Michael Jackson's face

Where to even begin with Prince and Michael Jackson's passive aggressive beef? (This oral history might help.) A biographer for MJ tells this story about when will.i.am invited MJ to Prince's Vegas residency in 2006:

"There was a point during the show where Prince was playing bass and he came out into the audience with this giant bass—he knew where Michael was sitting—and he walked right up to Michael and started playing bass in Michael's face. Like aggressive slap bass."

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When he booted Kim Kardashian from the stage

Even though she was invited onstage in 2011, once she got on, she was too starstruck to dance. After kicking her off, she apparently got a second chance to come back on, though.

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When his looks said it all during Trey Songz' tribute to him

Prince's face couldn't hide his true feelings about Trey Songz' performance of "Purple Rain" at the 2010 BET Awards.

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When he called out people who sample his work


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When he refused to sing 'We Are the World'

Even though Prince declined to be in the star-studded charity song "We Are The World," Quincy Jones insisted on handing him the mic. Prince, in turn, offered him his lollipop.

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When he threw back the question to this interviewer

"Do you still have the firm believe in not wearing ties?" 😬✔️ed

2,025 Likes, 282 Comments - The Archive of Shade (@theartofshade_) on Instagram: ""Do you still have the firm believe in not wearing ties?" 😬✔️ed"


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His whole beef with Madonna

Prince and Madonna dated for a tad, but things got weird for a while, with them swapping quotes about each other in the media for years after.

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When he called out Maroon 5's "Kiss" cover

In an interview with Billboard, Prince commented on Adam Levine's cover of "Kiss," which Maroon 5 sold as a deluxe track on their 2012 album, Overexposed. Prince wasn't happy about his song being used for profit, saying:

“Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”

Maroon 5 subsequently removed their cover off iTunes.

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When he said Justin Timberlake couldn't bring sexy back

While Justin Timberlake had prided himself on modeling his "SexyBack" vocals on Prince, Prince himself was out there shading the song. He told a crowd in 2007, "For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!"

Don't miss Fuse's original web series The Prince Effect.

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