Prince celebrated at all-star St. Paul tribute show (Watch)

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Many iconic musical stars, including Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, performed at the Official Prince Tribute concert on Oct. 13 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

He may be gone, but Prince can still throw an epic party. Last night (Oct. 13), fans and friends united for a marathon performance of over 45 of the late superstar’s greatest hits at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The nearly five-hour event kicked off with Twin Cities hometown heroes Mint Condition and Morris Day and the Time, who then introduced house band The New Porter Generation. The show surged forward with back-to-back performances by artists including Luke James, Judith Hill, Doug E. Fresh,Nicole Scherzinger, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder.

“It is an emotional night for me and I’m just trying to keep it together because I miss him,” Wonder told the audience during his set. “We talked about so much…So many plans just to make the world a better place.”

Although previously-scheduled performers John Mayer and Christina Aguilera bowed out, they were replaced by rising pop powerhouses Jessie J, who nailed "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Nothing Compares 2 U" and Tori Kelly, who performed “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Diamonds and Pearls,” before duetting with Wonder onWonder for “Take Me With You” and “Raspberry Beret.”

Veering suitably off-topic, Wonder performed a cover of the Donny Hathaway hit “Someday We’ll All Be Free” because he "wanted to do a song that I felt would be appropriate,” before wrapping with his always-appropriate jam, “Superstition.”

The final, one song encore was succinct and momentous as the evening’s participants reemerged for “Purple Rain,” which got additional vocal power from a recording of Prince himself. Purple confetti trickled down over the awestruck audience. Check out the epic setlist and videos below.

Prince Tribute Concert Set list

Mint Condition
"America"
"D.M.S.R."
"When Doves Cry"

Morris Day and the Time
"
The Bird"
"Jungle Love"

Bobby Z, spoken tribute
"Uptown" (André Cymone)
"Erotic City" (Shelby J.)
"Hot Thing" (Liv Warfield)
"Kiss" (Marva King)
"Anotherloverholeinyohead" (Kip Blackshire)
"For You" (Tyka Nelson)

Nicole Scherzinger
"
Nasty Girl"
"Baby, I’m a Star"

Luke James
"
Do Me, Baby"
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"

Judith Hill
"
The Cross"
"How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore"

"The Ladder" (André Cymone)
"Cream" (Elisa Fiorillo Dease)
"Ballad of Dorothy Parker" (André Cymone)

Doug E. Fresh
"
Pop Life" (with André Cymone)
"Housequake"

Ana Maura
"
Walk in Sand"
"Little Red Corvette"

Chaka Khan
"
Betcha"
"Sweet Thing"
"I Feel For You" (with Stevie Wonder)
"1999" (with Stevie Wonder)

3rdeyegirl
"Pretzelbodylogic" (with Shelby J)
"Plectrumelectrum"
"Wow" (with Liv Warfield)

Bilal
"
The Beautiful Ones"
"If I Was Your Girlfriend"

"Musicology" (Shelby J)
Mayte Garcia, dance performance
"Computer Blue" (André Cymone)
"I Would Die 4 U" (Marva King)
"Sexy M.F." (Tony Mosley)
"Gett Off" (Doug E. Fresh)
"Sometimes It Snows in April" (Elisa Fiorillo Dease)
"Girls & Boys" (Marva King)
"She’s Always in My Hair" (Kip Blackshire)
"Controversy" (André Cymone)
"La Di Da Di" (Doug E. Fresh)

Tori Kelly
"
Let’s Go Crazy"
"Diamonds and Pearls"
"Take Me With You" (with Stevie Wonder)
"Raspberry Beret" (with Stevie Wonder)

Jessie J.
"
I Wanna Be Your Lover"
"Nothing Compares 2 U" (with Kip Blackshire)

Stevie Wonder
"
Someday We’ll All Be Free"
"Superstition"
Instrumental jam
"Purple Rain"