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You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

Although we rung in the new year a few short months ago, 2016 has already taken David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Natalie Cole, and Otis Clay, to name a few.

And we’re now in the throes of another major loss. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince left us on April 21, 2016, and it’s already proven to be a crushing blow.

When larger-than-life entertainers suddenly exit stage left, it’s hard to imagine the world without them. Although losing them is always hard, they leave us trails of breadcrumbs that we can follow whenever we need a little comfort. Seeing doves, for example, will undoubtedly strike a chord with Prince fans all over the world from now on.

But did you know that The Purple One contributed to way more material than the music that helped him top the charts? Here are 10 popular songs that got the Prince treatment.

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1. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

Being a lover of pseudonyms, Prince decided to drop his royal moniker and keep a low profile while helping The Bangles out with this tune. He called himself Christopher Tracy instead.

2. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

The songstress loved “Little Red Corvette” so much that she drew inspiration from the track while writing “Stand Back.” Nicks sent it along to Prince and he loved it, so he hit the studio and helped her arrange the piece.

3. “Jungle Love” by Morris Day & The Time

This was actually The Time’s first major hit. Prince assembled the group and co-wrote “Jungle Love” with Jesse Johnson.

4. “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

You can hear Prince’s signature funkiness in this hit. The track is full of life without being fussy, which lends “The Glamorous Life” its undeniable appeal.

5. “Yo Mister” by Patti LaBelle

Prince experimented with a new style called swingbeat when he wrote and produced this chart topper for Ms. LaBelle, and it has proven to be one of her most successful tracks.

6. “With This Tear” by Celine Dion

Before Dion released her self-titled album back in 1992, Prince decided to give her “With This Tear” as a gift. She then repackaged that gift and gave it to us.

7. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Although “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written for one of The Purple One’s side projects, the tune took off when he let Sinead O’Connor run with it.

8. “How Come You Don’t Call Me” by Alicia Keys

Originally a lesser-known Prince B-side that goes by the name of “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” Keys reinterpreted the song so beautifully that the two artists became fast friends. This version of the track brought his music to the attention of a new generation.

9. “Love Song” by Madonna

Even the Queen of Pop got a little help from Prince back in the day. The two royals co-wrote “Love Song” and the superstar added his voice to the mix.

10. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

Never one to shy away from controversy, Prince helped Sheena Easton pen this song, which the Parents’ Music Resource Council deemed one of their “Filthy Fifty” songs that kids should never listen to. That didn’t put a damper on its success.

Prince wowed listeners and industry heavy hitters for decades, and his work will continue to do so. Seeing him in action speaks volumes about his unforgettable, undeniable talent.

We miss you already, Prince. May your music, sass, and epic side-eye live on forever.

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No One Should Have Been Surprised Lady Gaga Slayed At The Oscars

Mother Monster has ALWAYS been the best.

1. So you probably saw Lady Gaga’s EPIC tribute last night to The Sound Of Music.

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If not, watch the full performance ASAP here.

2. Like, Gaga came out in this stunning white ensemble and BROUGHT. THE. HOUSE. DOWN.

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3. It was so powerful it legit had Julie Andrews, AKA Maria Von Trapp herself, in TEARS.

4. Strangely enough, people actually seemed SURPRISED that she killed the performance.

Anyone else shocked? @ladygaga showed exactly how classy she is tonight. Very beautifully done. Her versatility amazed me tonight. #Oscars

— nationalist909 (@Daniel Dempsey)

Is this really @ladygaga 👀 ?? I’m like super shocked right now!!!! Seriously #shocked #Oscars

— MorganMylesLIVE (@Morgan Myles)

8. So if you think Lady Gaga is just some pop star with some crazy outfits, you need to SIT YOUR ASS DOWN and receive an education about what an epic artist she truly is.

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9. Let’s start with her voice, because DUH. Have you heard her stripped-down acoustic version of “Edge Of Glory”?

10. How about her Grammys duet with Tony Bennett? It’s obvious that Gaga doesn’t just have a voice for pop… but for jazz and theater.

11. Now let’s go way way back, before she was famous. She basically was DESTINED for greatness, because she learned to play the piano at age four and was accepted to the Juilliard School at 11 …

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However, she didn’t attend.

12. … and she also studied at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School for the Arts.

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13. Just check out this ethereal performance from when Gaga was at NYU. It’s clear the talent has ALWAYS been there.

14. Y’all should ALSO know Gaga signed her first record deal at the ripe old age of 19.

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You were probably doing keg stands as a freshman at the same age.

15. And you want to talk talent some more? Gaga wrote her lead single “Just Dance” IN 10 MINUTES.

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Can your faves even?

16. So yeah, Gaga knows a thing or two about writing and producing music — she’s churned out tracks for Britney Spears, Fergie, the Pussycat Dolls, and Jennifer Lopez, as well.

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She ain’t just some vocalist for hire like some other pop stars out there! NOT NAMING NAMES but you know who you are.

17. But Gaga ALSO is an incredible live performer. Maybe you remember her insane dance moves… sick vocals… and crazy piano skills from her Grammys performance with Sir Elton John?

You probably should watch it. Right NOW.

18. Or what about her fiercely theatrical VMAs performance of “Paparazzi” in 2009 where she DIED ON STAGE???

19. We also CANNOT forget her truly inspired music videos. Like “Bad Romance” which has been viewed more than 600 MILLION TIMES on YouTube alone.

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20. Or “G.U.Y.” which also featured The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?!?!?

AND IS ALMOST 12 MINUTES LONG.

21. Or how about “Telephone,” where Gaga had the balls to bring in Queen Bey as a FEATURED artist?!?!

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22. We can also get statistical. Let’s start with her SIX Grammys…

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23. … and her 13 MTV VMAs …

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24. … and three straight No. 1 albums!!!

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25. This also wasn’t the first time Gaga was called in because a major event needed a one-of-a-kind headliner. Maybe you heard about the time she played for the MOTHERFUCKING Queen of England

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Check out her full performance here.

26. … or when she closed out NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom with a string of seven — SEVEN!!! — sold out shows.

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27. Basically, if you had a set of eyes and ears and were paying attention to music the past few years, last night’s performance should NOT have been a surprise.

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28. So let’s recognize Gaga for what she REALLY is: the baddest, most talented chick in the GAME.

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29. All together now: “YAAASS GAGA YAAASS!”

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30. We can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do next.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/samstryker/no-one-should-have-been-surprised-lady-gaga-slayed-at-the-os