Maroon 5 members remember Prince

Maroon 5's James Valentine and PJ Morton share their grief after Prince's death

2016 saw arguably its most devastating celebrity death of the year, so far. Prince, one of the 20th century's most defining pop musicians of all time, passed away from reasons yet to be revealed on Thursday, April 21, in Chanhassen, Minnesota in an elevator at his studio. The artist was famously known for his landmark in pop culture, most prominently in the 1980's with his influential releases 1999 (1982), Around the World In a Day (1985), Parade (1986), and Sign O' the Times (1987).

Prince was one of pop rock band Maroon 5's biggest and most impactful influences when it came to sonic entity, as seen through their discography. Maroon 5's sophomore full-length studio effort, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, was heavily inspired by the words and eclectic sounds of Prince's 80's post-disco-esque music. The LA Times, Rolling Stone, and Billboard have all respected Maroon 5 as to be playing Trivial Pursuit with Prince's music, becoming one of modern day pop's version of Prince.

Prince has inspired several thousands of modern day artists.

Today, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine and keyboardist PJ Morton shared their emotional grieving on social media in honor of the late Prince. Valentine took it to Facebook to tell his stirring and detailed story about meeting the Minnesota artist. View his entire story below.

Take a look at PJ Morton's post dedicated to the late Prince on Instagram below.

On behalf of Maroon 5, the band account tweeted about Prince's tragic death.

Watch Adam Levine perform Prince's "Purple Rain" below:


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