CBS is set to air the 4th-anniversary celebration of Prince in a program titled “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.”
The show will air on April 21, months after it was initially filmed on January 28, which was two days after the 62nd Grammy Awards. Maya Rudolph took on the role of host, with performances from Hollywood’s biggest artists, including Earth Wind And Fire, HER, John Legend, Usher, and more. Other stars like Naomi Campbell and Misty Copeland were also in attendance.
The special was executive produced by Ken Ehrlich. In an interview with Billboard, the producer shared his feelings on the late singer. “Prince is special. He probably did 12 TV appearances over his career. I did five of them. I think it’s going to do very well because the audience that has grown around him since his death is equal to or greater than the audience that loved him when he was alive. There’s no 15-year old who doesn’t know who Prince is.”
Ron Basile, Chantel Sausedo, Rac Clark, and David Wild will also serve as producers of the special with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Sheila E. Standing as the co-musical directors. The special comes as a collaborative effort from The Prince Estate and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC.
The Recording Academy’s website described the program as one of many Grammy produced TV Tributes.” Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince is the latest in a long line of TV tributes that the Grammys have produced in recent years,” the website read, before listing a slew of other productions.” Others have included Sinatra 100 — An All-Star Grammy Concert, Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute, Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees, Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A Grammy Salute and Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration.”
Prince took home seven Grammys in his music career with Purple Rain and Sign “O” The Times being voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, along with Prince’s 1982 double-album, 1999.