The Artist Formerly Known As, the High Priest of Pop, the one and only Prince, stole the show at the Grammys on Sunday with one simple, unscripted moment:
"Like books and black lives, albums still matter."
Prince was presenting the Grammy for album of the year, a prize that went to Beck for Morning Phase. But the Great Purple One steered the Grammys in the direction much of the rest of the show took: honoring black lives.
Pharrell, Beyonce, John Legend and Common all paid tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement when they and their fellow performers raised their hands in the air in separate performances, as if to say, "Don't shoot."
The ad-libbed quote may prove to outshine many of the performances and statues awarded at Sunday night's Grammys.
And who better to do it than Prince?