Watch D'Angelo Honor Prince With Help From Maya Rudolph's Cover Band

D’Angelo made a rare public appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night to tribute Prince with a moving version of the late icon’s solemn ballad “Sometimes It Snows in April.” Singing at a piano in what would’ve been a Prince-approved, fake-fur vest, D’Angelo was supported by the cover band Princess, which features (yes) Maya Rudolph.

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“Sometimes I wish life was never ending/ But all good things, they say, never last,” they sing. D’Angelo’s addendum to the song toward the end makes it that much more somber: “I often dream of heaven, and I know that Prince is there/Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow.”

Prince may have a tight lock on the rights to his music, but covers and tributes like this will live on. His former band The Revolution, who contributed to Purple Rain among other great Prince albums, announced that they’ll be reuniting for shows in the future.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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I stayed up to watch this after I heard he would be on. I held it together till that break in his voice and he couldn’t sing that one line. Good on Maya or Gretchen for whoever tried to finish it for him.