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'Let's Go Crazy: A Grammy Salute To Prince': Fans demand Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars and Lenny Kravitz tributes

One musical sensation who was sorely missed was Janelle Monáe. Prince was a major influence on her album 'Dirty Computer'
UPDATED APR 22, 2020
Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monáe and Bruno Mars (Getty Images)
Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monáe and Bruno Mars (Getty Images)

In an exhilarating tribute to Prince, 'Let's Go Crazy: A Grammy Salute To Prince' aired on his fourth death anniversary. Host Maya Rudolph opened the night with those famous words from the song 'Let's Go Crazy'.

"Genius, brilliant, gifted, prolific, legendary — they're all true. But they don't really get right to that feeling that can only be described through his music. To me, Prince is music," she said.

"To love Prince is to love music." The musical night was a spectacle with performances by Beck, Gary Clark Jr, Common, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Foo Fighters, HER, Juanes, John Legend, Chris Martin, Miguel, Morris Day and the Time, Princess, Sheila E, St Vincent, Mavis Staples, the Revolution and Usher.

What's more, there were special appearances by Fred Armisen, Naomi Campbell, Misty Copeland, FKA Twigs and Jimmy Jam too.

However, it was still not enough for music lovers. One musical sensation who was sorely missed was Janelle Monáe. Prince was a major influence on her album, 'Dirty Computer' and she shared a close relationship with the late icon.

Singer Janelle Monae (Getty Images)

"They did this tribute without a performance by Janelle Monáe?! #GRAMMYSalutePrince," one fan wrote and another said, "Did @JanelleMonae’s invite to #GRAMMYSalutePrince get lost in the mail? Not the only omission of the night but a glaring one."

One tweet read, "Janelle Monae is one artist that was missing from this tribute. They did a good job for the most part #Prince #GRAMMYSalutePrince #Prince4Ever." Another said, "I’m going to need my girl, Janelle Monae to save this show soon. You can’t have a Prince tribute without her! #GRAMMYSalutePrince."

And one viewer pointed out how Janelle brings back Prince's memories. "I wish Janelle Monae was there. She reminds me of Prince in a lot of ways and would've killed it doing a tribute here. #GRAMMYSalutePrince."

Singer Bruno Mars (Getty Images)

It was not just Janelle, a few fans had an entire list ready. "You are SO WRONG except for Ur-sher who was terrible. It would've been better with Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars...of course, most things would. #GRAMMYSalutePrince," one fan posted.

Another wrote, "This #GRAMMYSalutePrince makes me wish@andrecymone was there."

Dishing out more artistes who could have been a part of the feature, one fan said, "People I wish had been included in this #Prince tribute: Rosie Gaines, Bilal, Tevin Campbell and Janelle Monae. #ijs #GRAMMYSalutePrince."

Another said, "I deeply wish #SineadOConner was singing this song vs @johnlegend. Sorry John you know I'm right! #Prince." One posted, "Great show so far, but it would’ve been nice to see some Living Colour, Janelle Monáe and Bruno Mars along the way. #GRAMMYSalutePrince."

The feature, monikered 'Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince', was shot at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 28, two days after the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, and aired at 8 pm CT / 9 pm ET on April 21, 2020.