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Imagine being Lin-Manuel Miranda right now

It seems safe to say that no one in Broadway history has had quite the kind of year that Lin-Manuel Miranda is experiencing. To begin with, consider that, thanks to the hip-hop-infused American musical that sprang entirely from his head — do we even have to mention its title anymore? — he will certainly be set financially for […]

Watch audiences freak out just to see Prince as an award show presenter

Prince was the type of star who could garner massive applause at an award show just for showing up. Not many celebrities carry that kind of universally beloved presence. That’s why award show producers called on Prince all the time as a presenter, especially for the first and last awards of the night. Hearing the cheers, the […]

Our favorite Prince songs, and why we love them

“Let’s Go Crazy” Like most people my age, I spent the early summer of 1984 listening to the soundtrack of “Purple Rain” — mostly on my bright yellow Sony Walkman, trying mightily not to bust a move on the 1 Train on my way to my publishing job in New York. The day the movie […]

‘Purple Rain’ the album and movie divided reviewers. But it made Prince an icon.

When “Purple Rain” the album and then the film were released in 1984 the impact could not have been known. At the time, the album was Prince’s fifth and “When Doves Cry” was topping the charts as a “stunningly sober single,” a drastic change from his earlier party hits “Let’s Go Crazy,”1999? and “Little Red Corvette.” The movie was panned by The Washington […]

How late-night TV shows honored Prince, from Colbert’s purple set to Trevor Noah’s heartfelt signoff

Tributes to musical icon Prince, who died Thursday at the age of 57, continued on the late-night circuit, where Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and others paused to honor the singer during their shows Thursday night. The set of “The Late Show” featured purple lighting in honor of the “Purple Rain” singer. “Today the world […]

‘He’s so much a part of us in Minnesota’: Fans gather at Paisley Park, crying, dressed in purple

CHANHASSEN, MINN. — As soon as Kevin Lucken heard the news, he cleared his afternoon and drove to Paisley Park to honor the life and death of his favorite musician. Hooked on Prince since the fifth grade, Lucken guessed he had been inside the famed recording studio more than 100 times to see Prince perform. […]

The time Prince gave a free concert at a college for deaf students

Prince was at the top of his game when he came to Washington in the fall of 1984. “Purple Rain” was one of the biggest albums and movies of the year, and he performed an astonishing seven concerts at Landover’s Capital Centre — selling out all of them — over the course of two weeks. […]

The day I hung out at Prince’s house, talking fame, disguises and Michael Jackson’s death

Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life. — Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy” No one is ready for a visit to Paisley Park, at least not the way in which I eventually experienced it. The modern, all-white building rests in the suburbs of Minneapolis and resembles a software tech […]

The quality that made Prince and David Bowie immortal

America has certain hangups about gender and sexuality. David Bowie and Prince did not. The latter died Thursday, the former in January. In between, the states of North Carolina and Mississippi passed laws to preserve the male-female...Show More Summary

‘Inside Amy Schumer’ premiere skewers men making decisions about women’s health

Amy Schumer is known for skewering how groups of men make decisions about women’s health (see: her famous birth control sketch) and the fourth season premiere of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” was no exception. Schumer, who has become a bonafide movie star since the last season of her show, included a skit in Thursday’s episode about the […]

Walton family gives $10 million to National Gallery in honor of former curator

The Walton Family Foundation will honor the legacy of American art scholar John Wilmerding with a $10 million gift to the National Gallery of Art. Wilmerding, a curator, deputy director and trustee at the museum, is a renowned scholar and author who influenced generations of  scholars and curators. The gift will establish the John Wilmerding […]

The story behind why Prince changed his name to a symbol

This isn’t the first time we lost Prince. When the artist came out with his 1993 album “Come,” the ominous black-and-white cover art showed the singer standing in front of the gates of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona with a tombstone-like demarcation: Prince, 1958-1993. Prince was dead and gone, the artist seemed to be […]

The many ways of seeing Prince

With the news of a beloved celebrity’s death comes the challenge of putting together a newspaper cover worthy of the star. To choose the cover image, we sift through the best portraits from the person’s life. Sometimes, we peruse past illustrations. While The Post’s Friday Style cover features a photo of Prince, we wanted to share […]

I saw Prince live at his Paisley Park studio, and there won’t be another concert that will ever top it

There’s a shortlist of experiences that I like to brag about whenever the opportunity is presented. One of those moments happened one year ago this week: I saw Prince live at his Paisley Park studio on April 19, 2015, and there won’t be another concert that will ever top it. It all started on Twitter […]

‘American Psycho,’ the musical, has more frills than chills

NEW YORK — Asked to come up with a motive for the myriad crimes of “American Psycho,” a theatergoer might conclude that the darkest, most diabolical desire of Patrick Bateman, the musical’s clean-cut lethal weapon, is to bore his victims to death. No other rationale burbles compellingly to the surface to explain this slick and tedious adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s […]

Prince broke all the rules of fashion, and damn did he look good

Was there ever a male performer more enamored with ruffles — or lace or velvet — than Prince? He wore it all beautifully, seductively and powerfully. With his frilly shirts and velvet suits, his brocades and silks, Prince played with gender stereotypes and moved us to to reconsider our relationship to our own sexuality. He […]

Prince, legendary musician, dies at 57

Legendary musician Prince — one of the most popular, inventive and influential recording artists of his generation — died Thursday morning at his suburban Minnesota compound, his publicist said. “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at […]

Celebrities react to Prince’s death: ‘The world lost a lot of magic’

There was no musician like Prince, and he commanded the utmost respect from a particularly tough crowd: celebrities. At any award show performance — or even if he just appeared on stage to present — no singer would get a quicker standing ovation. After the shocking news of his death at age 57 on Thursday, […]

Help us celebrate Prince by annotating the lyrics of ‘Purple Rain’

Music legend Prince has died at age 57. Join The Washington Post staff in using Genius to annotate the lyrics of “Purple Rain,” one of Prince’s most celebrated songs. We want to hear your memories of this song — do you remember the first time you heard it? Do you have a single poignant memory […]

Amy Schumer is super famous now. How will that change her Comedy Central show?

2015 was a really great year for Amy Schumer. She wrote and starred in “Trainwreck,” hosted an awards show for MTV, was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home her first Emmy for her sketch comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer.” The comedian is currently on tour and slated to perform at a little place called Madison […]

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