Chris Stapleton gave Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” a country twist when he paid tribute to the late musician, at the end of his Saturday show at Berkeley, California’s Greek Theater.
“I’m going to try this,” Stapleton says in a fan-shot video from the concert. “We’re going to do it for a great musician that we lost recently.”
Although Sinead O’Connor made “Nothing Compares 2 U” famous, Prince wrote the song for his side project, the Family.
The band’s version of the tune appeared on their 1985 self-titled album, but it was never released as a single. O’Connor, however, earned a worldwide hit with her version in 1990; it hit No. 1 in multiple countries and has been certified platinum in the United States.
Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958. He released 29 studio albums throughout his career, won seven Grammys and one Oscar and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He was 57 at the time of his death.
It goes to show that Prince’s impact spanned genres. Chris Stapleton’s voice couldn’t be more different than Prince’s, but man, he sounds good. Listen to it below: