Prince was never a big favorite for me, but I do admire him - he's talented and true to who he is. Can't ask for more than that.
But I'm having issues with seeing him perform on a cheese show like AI. I guess he's just hawking his new album. I only saw a moment of his performance; I assume he was as great as he always is.
Actually, I'm having issues with seeing rockers do cheese. I was happy to see Live, but disappointed as hell that they'd do that (a show like that, I mean).
But then, rock was always about rebellion before it was co-opted by the corporate monsters, lol. That changed somewhere along the way when they all sold out (I'm thinking Zeppelin allowing one of their songs to be used to hawk freakin' Cadillacs was what convinced me it was all over, lol). But I remember the day when real rockers refused to do television at all, lol. They're less heroic to me when they put money above all else.
Early to mid 80s, that's what I'm thinking.