Prince was a practicing Jehova's Witness for years after converting to the religion in 2003.

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Just like many of those at tonight's BET Awards 2016, many of the recent Prince tributes are truly unforgettable. RIP Prince.

Lauren Porter
Jun, 26, 2016

Since Prince's shocking and untimely death in April, tributes have been pouring in to honor the late musician and his legacy has left profound imprints on the world.

This year's BET Awards 2016 included a much promised all-star tribute and it exceeded expectations, but before perfomances by D'Angelo, Sheila E., The Roots, Erykah Badu and more gave us chills, we have to take a look back at the tributes of the past that also honored the Purple One properly.

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding and Patti LaBelle on the BET Awards 2010:

The Cast of The Color Purple 2016:

Beyoncé 2016:

Hamilton 2016:

The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal 2016:

What tribute is your favorite? Let us know!

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