And while Prince WAS in the building and was even set to take the stage for "Purple Rain," he (shocker!) pulled out at the last minute. Even though our hopes to see such a historic moment occur before our eyes were unsurprisingly dashed, the band didn't miss a beat. The fans loved every minute of it regardless of the iconic band leader's non-presence, a testament to the strength and talent of the most famous "backup band" in the world.
Highlights of the night included not only hit songs like "Controversy," "Pop Life," and many more, but also great banter between the group. The instigator of the event, Bobby Z, presented the band with certificates that inducted them all into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and we even got to hear each member recite classic lines from their film roles in Purple Rain.
A historic and memorable night, most definitely. And all for a good cause to boot. For more information on how you can support the cause, visit Bobby Z's foundation "My Purple Heart" here.