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Alicia Keys inducts Prince

"There are many kings. King Henry VIII, King Solomon, King Tut, King James, King Kong, the three kings, but there is only one Prince. Only one man who has defied description, defied the obvious and all the rules of the game ... an experienced singer, who, in a river of words can only be identified by his music. Whose music is like an internal roller coaster that takes each individual to their own separate legendary ride, and still takes listen after listen to discover and uncover even half of the story behind the ??? an unapologetically addicted feat of music. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is only one Prince. There is only one man who is so loud he makes you soft, so strong he makes you weak, so honest ???, so bold he defies you to be subtle, and so super-bad he makes you ???.  He’s the only man that I’ve ever seen that lights the stage on fire, leaving you to burn within it in a frenzy of movement, lights, electric guitars, slide piano, dancing, voices, splits and songs. Oh my god. Songs so powerful that you are forever changed. Songs that make you sad you cry dance, songs that made me ... with the songwriting ... the stories of the untold passion down at the earth, because of him, I’ve never wanted to be like anyone else but myself. Because of his music, my music has wings. He’s an inspiration of a generation, now til the end of time. So yes, ladies and gentlemen, throughout history there have been many, many kings ... both real and mythological. They have borne sons, but none of them can touch the range of this man who stands alone. A man that I am tremendously proud and honored to help induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, because now it is forever changed. Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to get on your feet and I want you to pay homage to the one and only Prince."