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Prince - One Year Later: The 10 Best Tributes!

This is a list of the ten best high-profile tributes paid to the legendary Prince, who passed away unexpectedly exactly one year ago this week on April 21, 2016 in his Paisley Park complex near Minneapolis.

This ranking is based on some very subjective opinion by the folks at However, we believe it's a fitting anniversary tribute to the fallen icon whom we miss dearly.

So without further ado, find out which artist had the best tribute by scrolling through the list below from No. 10 to No. 1...

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10. Elton John ("I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues") at Las Vegas Caesars Palace on April 23, 2016.

For all those who thought that Madonna's tribute at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards would anchor this list, I found one that deserves that dubious distinction even more. Sir Elton's performance at this sold-out show in Las Vegas show just two days after The Purple One's death represents all of those artists who performed similar tributes at their concerts in the past know, those who lazily performed one of their own songs while conveniently showing a montage of Prince photos in the background. In this case, it was John's 33-year-old comeback hit "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" serving as his dedication and leaving many to wonder: couldn't EJ have even picked a more appropriate one of his own songs to pay his respects? The song's only connection to Prince - and this is a stretch - is that "Blues" charted in the same year as Prince's iconic breakthrough 'Purple Rain.' It might have been nicer if Sir Elton could have enlisted Stevie Wonder who played harmonica on Elton's original recording of "Blues," and whose connection to Prince seems more genuine. But Stevie must have already been busy planning for the two other tributes in which he appears in this countdown, including the one that's next.