But one celebrity had an especially interesting connection to Prince.
In 2014, multi-platinum selling singer Kesha revealed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that she had tried to break into Prince’s home when she was just a struggling musician searching for her big break.
In hopes of getting her music into the right hands, Kesha made a bold move by sneaking into Prince’s house to drop off her demo.
“It was so easy,” she told Jimmy Fallon. “I cruised up in my dead grandpa’s car, and I get out and there’s a gardener in the front yard so I was like, ‘Here’s $5 and don’t make a thing about it, I’m just going to slide right under this gate,’ and he just laughed and thought it was funny and that I was charming.”
What happened next is pretty crazy. As Kesha told Jimmy Fallon:
“So I snuck under the fence and then I just trolloped up the mountain and the door was open, it was unlocked — which was basically an invitation, so I walked in and everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and that there was, in fact, purple velvet everywhere.
I walk into the elevator, and there is Prince music playing! And then I go up in the elevator and I come out, and I’m on the phone with my mum saying, ‘I think I may get arrested,’ and then I walk out, and there’s Prince playing the guitar, with a beanie on, and I almost pooped my pants.
He just kind of looked at me funny. He gave me a look like, ‘Who the hell are you?’ and I waved around my CD, I put it on the table, and then I ran away.”
Kesha never heard back from Prince, but she tweeted after the news of his death on Thursday:
Watch the now-famous singer tell the story in her own words: