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  1. News and updates for 22 April 2016
  2. Stars and fans continue to pay tribute to Prince

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By Steven McIntosh and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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Prince: Your tributes


Coverage of Prince's death will be continuing for the rest of the day on BBC News.

Thank you for sending us your tributes throughout the day on email and Twitter, before we bring this live page to a close here are a few more we've received this morning:

Noel Gallagher pays tribute to Prince on stage

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher kicked off his UK tour in Glasgow last night, playing tribute to Prince by leading fans in a singalong of Live Forever.

The former Oasis star had told his Instagram followers he was "heartbroken" adding "I LOVED this guy". 

He took the stage after blasting out Let's Go Crazy, before later turning venue The Hydro purple in Prince's honour. 

According to the Manchester Evening News, he told fans: "So, I was in a band once. We had an album called Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and one of those giants was Prince. So you're going to help me pay tribute to the great man and help me do Live Forever."

Several fans tweeted their appreciation for the moment.

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Prince 'liked working with women and hired me on the spot'

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Sound engineer Susan Rogers worked on Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times and says Prince was the catalyst for her career.

She spoke to James Coomarasamy on Radio 4's The World Tonight about how she came to meet and work with the iconic artist.

Hard Rock Cafe pays tribute

The Hard Rock Cafe in New York displayed the lyrics to Purple Rain on its billboard screen outside.

Hard Rock Cafe
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Hard Rock Cafe

The cafe also has Prince memorabilia on show inside, including the singer's clothes and shoes.

Hard Rock Cafe

Musician Pepe Willie remembers Prince as a child

Musician Pepe Willie remembers Prince as a child

Why did Prince never play Glastonbury?

Prince performs at the Super Bowl
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Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has paid tribute to Prince on Twitter.

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But of all the festival stages across the world, the most famous one eluded Prince. Or rather, he eluded it.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis (Emily's father) tried repeatedly to coax the pint-sized pop star to his Worthy Farm in Somerset.

But any offer fell on deaf ears. 

Every year, fans of the Purple Rain singer would cross-reference his tour dates with the days in June during which the festival would fall. And as each festival line-up was unveiled, they would be disappointed. 

Two months ago, Emily Eavis told the Press Association she didn't think Prince "will ever" play the festival and its instantly recognisable Pyramid Stage. 

Fans believe the Eavises came close to securing the prized act in 2014, when Prince was in the UK to promote a new album and a handful of dates. But the booking never materialised. Michael Eavis would later tell reporters: 

We wanted him to play, and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it, but before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing. We hadn't, but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming. So he didn't want to do it in the end.

Gregory Porter on Prince: 'One of the great musical masters'

Jazz singer Gregory Porter has paid homage to Prince on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show with Chris Evans. He explained what an influence Prince had on his own music, before performing his hit Purple Rain.

Fans scrawl Prince's name into Hollywood Walk of Fame

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Prince's name drawn in
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Prince never received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - something his fans evidently feel is a glaring omission. 

One of them has found an empty star on Hollywood Boulevard and scrawled Prince's name in.

Why are so many celebrities dying this year?

We are only four months in, but it's already been a dark, dark 2016.

It now seems rare for a week to pass without a significant celebrity death being reported - from David Bowie in the second week of January, to actor Alan Rickman a week later, to comedian Victoria Wood and Prince this week.

The BBC's obituary editor Nick Serpell says it's a trend we need to get used to.

Prince performs at the Apollo Theater in New York. Photo: October 2010

Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

The deaths of Prince and Victoria Wood this week come off the back of a number of other celebrity deaths this year: so are more celebrities dying?

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Prince dominates front pages

Prince's death dominates the newspapers this morning. Here's how some of the some of them have been paying tribute on their front pages.

See all of this morning's front pages.

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In a similar style to many of the purple newspaper front pages, The New Yorker has also unveiled its cover for next week's issue:

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NFL calls Prince's 2007 half-time show one ofn the 'the greatest'

In 2007, Prince performed during the half-time show at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. 

The NFL posted this in tribute..

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When Lisa Stansfield's mum met Prince

Singer Lisa Stansfield was on BBC Breakfast this morning sharing her memories of Prince.

Sixteen songs from the artist who changed the game


Sign o' the Times, Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls, everyone will have their favourite Prince track from his amazing back-catalogue.

BBC music reporter Mark Savage has selected his pick of sixteen tracks which defined the way Prince stayed ahead of the game.   

UK singer who hosted Prince in her flat praises 'dear friend'

When Prince announced two years ago a series of small gigs in the UK, he did so from the living room of British singer Lianne La Havas in Leyton, east London.

She is one of many artists who have joined the choruses of voices paying tribute to the star.

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Prince: Your tributes

Here are some of the tributes you've been sending us.

Prince: Elton John, Paul McCartney and Beyonce pay tribute

Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Beyonce have paid tribute to Prince on social media.

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Elton John's tribute to Prince on Instagram
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Prince: Round-up of coverage

Fans at a vigil for Prince in Los Angeles, California, on 21 April, 2016

The life of the singer Prince, who sold more than 100 million records, is being celebrated with purple-coloured tributes after his sudden death.

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

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Good morning

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

There is, of course, only one story dominating the news this morning.

Tributes have been pouring in all night to Prince, the hugely influential musician who died yesterday at the age of 57. We’ll have more on this throughout the day.

Plus, we’ll bring you our usual round-up of all the other news stories from the world of film, TV, art and music.

Stay with us between now and 16:30 BST.