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Prince Estate Near Streaming Deal Ahead Of Planned Grammy Tribute By Rihanna, Bruno Mars, & The Weeknd

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The 2017 Grammys are a mere month away and word on the curb is that producers are planning an all-out, all-star tribute to Pop superstar Prince.

Ahead of the spectacle, the late singer’s estate are reported to be close to finalising a major streaming deal that’ll tie-in with the big night.

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According to Billboard, the Purple one’s team are on the cusp of locking in an agreement with Universal Music Publishing that will see his “greatest hits” available on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

Presently, said material is only available in an on-demand capacity via Jay Z’s TIDAL; a reality that comes with its own complexities (and legalities).

As reported back in November, Universal won the bid for the publishing rights to Prince’s catalogue and vowed to respectfully exploit it to its full potential. It would appear this is part of that plan.

And what better occasion than music’s biggest calendar night to lift the lid on things?

Per Billboard, producers have approached Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd to honor the star – who died as a result of an overdose on April 21st last year.

The present plan is to have a commercial touting the availability of the music online immediately after.

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Bruno aside, some of those names tapped to tribute are…unfortunate.

That said, the synchronisation aspect sounds cool, as does the wider-spread availability of Prince’s music.

The 2017 Grammys airs February 12th; it’ll be intriguing to see which parts of this come to fruition.

Your thoughts?

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65 Comments

  1. January 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Elsie says:
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    I guess we can’t get miguel

    • January 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm
      Ibrahim says:
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      who that

      • January 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm
        Jason says:
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        Grammy winner, far more talented then Abel. That refresh your memory? 🙄

    • January 10, 2017 at 12:08 am
      Jasmine says:
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      I’m not saying the Grammy’s should do a repeat of the BET Awards tribute but how about ask artists that Prince worked with rather than just artists he influenced? It would give the Grammy’s a refresh if they invited the non-regulars to their awards show, and it might increase their ratings which have been declining every year. There are numerous artists, current and old that actually worked with Prince and had large success on their own they could ask. Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd are all great artists but they deserve the opportunity to promote their own music individually rather than being lumped together in a tribute performance and none of them actually worked with Prince in the past. I’m not hating on them because I like all three but I think it would be nice if the Grammy’s gave some other successful artists that actually worked with Prince a chance to shine.

    • January 10, 2017 at 5:48 am
      LISA LEVINE says:
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      Bruno Mars (i would die 4u) , Lenny Kravitz (on lets go crazy) and the Weekend on Adore. Mariah Carey on Beautiful Ones. They just can’t make this happen. LENNY KRAVITZ needs to do Let’s go Crazy. Why has this not happen????

      • January 10, 2017 at 10:04 am
        Jem says:
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        Spot on LiSA!

    • January 10, 2017 at 7:10 am
      BAE says:
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      Huh I don’t know who that is

  2. January 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade says:
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    I bet sam is mad because the producers didn’t approch Beyoncé

    • January 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm
      Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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      Why? Beyonce’s already confirmed to perform her own set of songs

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm
      meme says:
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      Beyoncé would probably be too busy performing her entire album. Shes a try hard. Always doing the most.

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        Try hard? Isn’t that what she’s supposed to do? Beyonce gives 100% every time. Unlike Rihanna, she doesnt half-ass her performances

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm
        BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 says:
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        No Beyoncé ALREADY PERFORMED with Prince in 2004 the same night Dangerously In Love took home 5 Grammys. Not to mention she tributed Prince every night on her Formation Tour Singing “Beautiful Ones”. You call Beyoncé a try hard but, Rihanna doesn’t try hard enough which could explain those embarrassing “Anti a Tour receipts”.

      • January 10, 2017 at 7:13 am
        BAE says:
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        No lies

    • January 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm
      TrellBeyLike says:
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      Beyoncé has already performed WITH Prince at the grammys. Lol. And yall think she worried bout a tribute? Haaa.

    • January 10, 2017 at 12:01 am
      Jasmine says:
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      The producers probably did and she probably said yes. What is wrong with a surprise tribute performance?

  3. January 9, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    Bruno aside, some of those names tapped to tribute are…unfortunate.
    The unnecessary move to turn into a stan war a post about a legendary figure like Prince.

  4. January 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    Surprise..(DEC 2013) says:
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    Frih should stay the f*** away from prince tribute with that GOATY voice of hers….HELL TO THE NO. Bruno can do it with Janelle Monae & Beyonce, D’angelo e.t.c

    • January 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm
      Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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      I honestly dont understand why she’s doing this tribute. She doesnt sound good unless shes singing ‘Love on the Brain’…

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm
        meme says:
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        LOL im completely dead. So love on the brain is the only song she sounds good on in your opinion?

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        Yeah! We all saw the VMA’s. Rihanna has 4 chances to get it right and only sounded decent once.

      • January 10, 2017 at 1:21 am
        King B says:
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        Like Gaga, these popgirls are “still trying” to prove their vocal abilities, trying to appear as a “vocalist” in the GP eyes. Thankfully Bey done that since the DC days, and now she is a respected vocalist/entertainer. These poptarts are taking note from Bey so that in the future they will be as respected as Bey. But it’s too late I think. The GP viewed Gaga as a clown and Rih as a bad girl who sell s**.

  5. January 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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    Prince opened doors for a lot of MUSICIANS. Why not ask other musicians like Alicia Keys,Gaga, or even John Legend?

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm
      Caribbean native says:
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      Phucking gaga?….girl bye

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        She’s a muscian right?
        She has better vocals than Frih right ?

  6. January 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm
    meme says:
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    This site really looses sleep over Rihanna. Yall stay mad.

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm
      BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 says:
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      Mad the only person mad is Rihanna because the very ceremony she about to performed at snubbed her album for “Album Of The Year” for Lemonade… Stay mad!

  7. January 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Cough Cough says:
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    Riri… no. Prince would NOT approve of that.

  8. January 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 says:
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    I wonder what song Rihanna will lend her GOAT VOCALS to?

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm
      Surprise..(DEC 2013) says:
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      I bet she’s just trying on prince clothes to show off his fashion sense…AND NOT SINGING…HOPEFULLY

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm
        BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 says:
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        Well if that’s the case then I guess that would work. Rihanna is edgy but sadly she falls short at incorporating vocals and dance to that edge.

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm
        Surprise..(DEC 2013) says:
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        Her NOCALS are cute…but not singing a prince song. No way…

      • January 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm
        Wonder Woman says:
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        LMAO

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm
        meme says:
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        @Surprise..(DEC 2013) LMFAO, I am hollering. Well atleast Rihanna can dress. Unlike that old lady who always look tacky.

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        @meme
        Which has absolutely nothing to do with performing. wtf do you think this is? Project runway ?

  9. January 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    As a Prince fan, a real one unlike others, this is what i think, all tributes are welcome as long as they’re done it respectfully, homages are a reflection of someone’s legacy, it seems to me that everyone who has paid homage to him, has done it with the best intentions, regardless of personal opinions from music fans and the general public, people really respect that man.

    • January 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm
      Surprise..(DEC 2013) says:
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      Lol….so this is ur excuse for GRANDMADONNA failed vocals at the Billboard tribute?? LMAO….I SEE YOU.

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        Madonna can’t sing and we all know that, still her intention were good, she really wanted to honor him, but what about Beyoncé, she has murdered “The Beautiful Ones” every time she try to sing it, that’s the real chock.

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        ^^^ The nerve of this white supremacist to come for anything vocal related when he Stans for Madonna. That’s a real kii😂^^^

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        Hey!, black supremacist, Madonna is not the only artist I stan for, she just happens to be my favorite female artist, not my favorite overall. I can name other artists I love that make Beyoncé a non factor when it comes to singing.

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        HOLD UP! Flag on the play. You Stan for Madonna. So you really need to fall back when vocals are the topic of discussion. Beyonce could go on stage, whisper , and still give more life than your fave can vocally. Half dead ass b****!

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        And Madonna could go on stage and give life without even opening her mouth.

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        She can’t sing! Stay in your lane.

    • January 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm
      Surprise..(DEC 2013) says:
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      Are u sure about Beyonce murdering Beautiful ones….U MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT HER PERFORMANCE AT THE GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL…..Not only did MADRACULA MURDER ‘Nothing compares to you’…..She murdered prince musical legacy and overshadowed the real talent on stage..STEVIE WONDER. Madonna is a horrible singer and yet she calls herself a SINGER??? Don’t come for beyonce when her yawning in her sleep is more on key than any GRANDMADONNA ALLEGED vocals…

      • January 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        We all know Madonna is not a good singer, she herself knows that, never claimed to be good one, no one expected her to sing a Prince’s song and do great. Beyoncé has a good voice and still murdered “The Beautiful Ones”, just like she murdered Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You”, sometimes being a good singer is not enough to do justice to real vocalists.

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        Real vocalist? Prince wasn’t a supreme vocalist. He was a muscian and composer above anything else. Meanwhile, Beyonce has a 4 octave range but according to you she isn’t a “Real vocalist”?? That s*** doesnt even make sense. She’s one of the best vocal technicians in mainstream music today. Stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re use to Madonna Stan.

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        Prince had the ability to make his voice sound like he wanted, he could sing circles around Beyoncé, and what techniques does she has?…Are you confusing her with Miss Carey?….Beyoncé is a good singer, nothing exceptional. You will burn in hell for insinuate that she’s a better singer than he was, BLASPHEMY!

      • January 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm
        Amerikkka's Most Wanted ~ Tyler says:
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        Even the devil wouldn’t tell that lie! Beyonce is on of the last mezzo colortura’s LEFT! She uses rifts, runs, and dramas with ease. Don’t do her!

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    January 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    Wonder Woman says:
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    God no, Why the female Billy goat tho?
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    She ruined that messy tribute to her idol the Queen Bey and her back up singers a few years ago…
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    But then again her best performance was a tribute to Beyonce’s superpower, earlier this year
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    so we’ll Ci if she gets to perform…..

    • January 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm
      Wonder Woman says:
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      last year, earlier last year….

  11. January 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    Gee says:
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    Now this Prince tribute is something I hope that the Grammy’s get right because the BBMA got it totally wrong 🤞

  12. January 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    Molly #Stargirl says:
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    Rih will slay #LegendsOnly

  13. January 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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    This post is kii *sips tea*

  14. January 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    The irony is that both rihanna and the weekend can outsing Bruno… Yes Bruno is the best performer of the three but this is a tribute not a f****** concert. STFU Samantha.

  15. January 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    4U2See says:
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    It seems like all people know is Rihanna and Beyonce. This is a sad state of mind. Music stay dead..

  16. January 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Tori says:
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    She can sing “Kiss It Better” at like the very end of the tribute. But this entire line up is shocking and unpleasant. Miguel & maybe John Legend would’ve been a major plus. Bruno is okay too but he’s just more fit for a Michael or James performance. Like I just imagine Bruno vocals being a little too heavy for a Prince song. I wouldn’t too much want Beyonce either because 1) they’ve already performed together and 2) she’s done a Prince tribute in 2011 and on the FWT so that would pointless. And the Weeknd is already doing MJ themed b*******, if ppl tell him his Prince performance is any good, I bet any amount of money his next album cycle will be Prince inspired. Like this line up is not up to par with the musicality of Princes artistry.

  17. January 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm
    SWISH says:
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    lol nothing but a bunch of keyboard warriors in these comments

  18. January 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm
    Beyond Amazing (Cause Bey Really Is!!!) says:
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    Why aren’t Miguel ad Alcia Keys performing?????

  19. January 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm
    BEY>RIH says:
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    Just because Bey performed WITH him (my legendary fave has performed with legends!!) doesn’t mean she can’t tribute him lol. She would be perfect to sing Beautiful Ones. @Suicideblonde Beyoncé is the best mainstream vocalist in music currently so you trying to discredit her vocals makes no sense when she has PLENTY of reciepts of her skilled technique.

  20. January 9, 2017 at 11:32 pm
    Jay_Scorpio_Navy_2005 says:
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    Its pretty hard to understand the constant shade this site has towards Rihanna… I’m beginning to wonder if Rihanna refused to do an interview with you guys because lets be frank, Rihanna has much more respect in the industry than Beyonce and this opinion isn’t based on my support for her but her body of work and collaborations pretty much speaks for itself… Her accomplishments far surpass that of many who started around the same time she did and even before she started so lets try to stop dragging this artist who has made a huge impact on the industry.

    Rihanna has done Bob Marley, Destiny’s Child and Madonna tributes all of which were very well received.

    Stop this foolishness ThatGrapeJuice!!!!!!

  21. January 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm
    Stephy says:
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    Beyonka is a way better vocalist than Prince. Anyways, this line up ugly. I hope this is Prince’s last tribute because his stubborn, always mad at the world complaining ass fan base are never satisfied with his tributes. So, maybe they should just not tribute him. RIP Prince

    • January 10, 2017 at 12:17 am
      RihNavy says:
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      Hey zaddy. You looking GOODT these days 👀

  22. January 10, 2017 at 1:07 am
    blue says:
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    rihanna has tributes Lionel, destiny’s child, Madonna and Bob Marley all performances that have been well received. he’ll she screwed up Mariah and still won the talent show!

    • January 10, 2017 at 8:27 am
      Gizmodjo says:
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      This is funny as hell and I love Riri.

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