Stevie Wonder joined Anderson Cooper on CNN on Thursday night (April 21) to talk about Prince’s legacy, after news of the singer's unexpected death earlier that day. Both Wonder and Prince were often collaborators and counted one another as close friends.
The interview gets very emotional. At one point, Cooper asked if Stevie would possibly play a song of Prince’s. However, Wonder declined. “Yeah, I think I would probably break down if I do a song right now,” he said while choking up. “But he was incredible. I’m just glad I was able to say to him, ‘I love you’ the last time I saw him.”
To conclude the interview, Cooper asked Wonder how people should remember Prince. Wonder responded:
“Just a great musician, a great producer, a great songwriter. Someone that allowed himself to be himself and encouraged others to be themselves. He was very free. To do what he did without fear was a wonderful thing. It’s always great when we don’t allow fear to put our dreams to sleep.”
Cooper also played a clip from 1999 of an interview with Prince on Larry King Live, in which Prince called Wonder a “role model.” He added, “I use Stevie Wonder as an inspiration who I look up to a great deal just for the way he crafted music and his connection to the spirit.”