Jimmy Fallon has already spoken extensively about his bond with Prince, and recently hosted a special "Saturday Night Live" dedicated to the deceased pop icon. So, it seemed like a no-brainer that he would take the panegyric home with an extra-special "Tonight Show" tribute.
D'Angelo "and special guest Princess" performed the Prince classic "Sometimes it Snows in April" on Fallon's show, the latter made up of jazz vocalist Gretchen Leiberum and former "SNL" star Maya Rudolph. Rudolph, of course, was part of the epic "SNL" celebration that Prince performed to celebrate the comedy show's 40th anniversary, alongside Fallon and others including Chris Rock.
Sitting soulfully at a piano and dressed in a hat and furry boa that evoked Prince's style, D'Angelo belted out the final track from the pop icon's 1986 album "Parade," a quasi-soundtrack to his film "Under the Cherry Moon." He was backed by Rudolph and Leiberum, standing at microphones behind the piano.
At one particularly heartfelt moment, D'Angelo replaced the name "Tracy" in the song with that of Prince, singing: "I often dream of heaven and I know Prince is there."
At the end of the performance, as Fallon came out to thank the performers, there was a tangible emotion on the stage. Clearly, Prince was in not only the lyrics to the song, but the performers' hearts as well.