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Watch Mariah Carey’s Moving Tribute to Prince on Mariah’s World

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Mariah Carey performs during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)

Hours before she was due to go on stage in Paris last April, Mariah Carey found out about Prince’s death. Rather than cancel or delay the show, Carey performed instead, and paid tribute to pop icon with an emotional speech, video of which was just released in promotion of her reality TV show, Mariah’s World. “I’m not sure if everyone has heard the news yet that we lost one of the greatest, most incredible geniuses that we’ve ever had in music,” she said. “He was just one of a kind, and just so amazing.”

“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come out here and put on a show and be festive, but I said, ‘I’m in Paris and that’s what Prince would actually want me to do.’ I think he would actually want me to get through it and, rather than just make everything bleak, to turn it into a moment and take him and honor him,” she added. “Because he was a friend to me too, and he talked me through some times I really, really needed somebody. He was an incredible person if you didn’t ever get to meet him. I’m sure his music has touched every single person in here.”

She then asked for a moment of silence in his honor before dedicating her performance of “One Sweet Day” to him. [Vulture]