In One Quote, Prince Just Won the Grammys

Source: AP
Source: AP

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?

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Kate Beaudoin

Kate is a staff writer for Mic's music section. With an M.A. in journalism from NYU, she's written for Salon, NewYorkMagazine.com, and RollingStone.com. Kate hails from Montana, but eats pizza like a New Yorker—often and aggressively.

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