He killed “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Bruno Mars accepted the tall task of performing the Prince tribute at the Grammys, and you know what? He didn’t blow it! Mars came on stage in full, purple-suit Prince regalia, and performed “Let’s Go Crazy,” and honestly, this is really how all tributes should go. Mars didn’t steer far out of his lane, he didn’t try to put his own spin on a classic, and he didn’t feel the need to perform the kind of wide-ranging medley that often veers into boredom.
Mars, who is a very talented performer in his own right, kept it simple. Although the thought of an understated tribute for Prince may seem contradictory, compared to similar tributes of years past, the Grammys certainly took the proper approach with this one. More than anything, Mars deserves credit for having the guts to imitate Prince in the first place. I can’t think of another musician/performer who was more revered by his peers, and the opportunity for Mars to fail was a lot larger than his opportunity to succeed.
It may not have been the best performance of the night—that honor easily belongs to A Tribe Called Quest—but considering the high degree of difficulty for Mars, his Prince tribute was probably the most impressive.