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The Roots, Maya Rudolph, Elvis Costello salute Prince at Carnegie
NEW YORK (AP) — They partied like it was 1999 — the audience and the musicians — at a Prince tribute concert at Carnegie Hall.
More than 20 performers, including Elvis Costello, The Roots and the Waterboys, paid tribute to the pop icon in a two-hour-plus concert Thursday night. They all joined together onstage to close the show with "1999."
Singer D'Angelo took the lead while putting his arm around Bettye LaVette, Chris Rock and Costello clapped hands side-by-side, and comedian-actress-singers Maya Rudolph and Sandra Bernhard danced in a silly manner — all while the crowd cheered on.
It was one of the only times The Roots weren't backing up other performers throughout the concert, which raised $100,000 for music education programs. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson jammed on the drums and even took photos of a pregnant Rudolph when she danced with one hand on her belly and the other stroking her hair.
Few words were said to the audience, though Rock thanked the crowd "for coming" toward the end of the show. Comedian-actor Fred Armisen took on many roles: He recited lyrics from "Let's Go Crazy," played the drums while the Blind Boys of Alabama sang "The Cross" and offered light vocals during "It's Going to Be a Beautiful Night" alongside D'Angelo.
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