"Purple Rain" singer Prince died today at age 57, and tributes to the singer have been pouring in ever since.
Chief among them was Aretha Franklin, who told ABC News: "It was just a blow -- a real blow.... He had longevity in the industry simply because he was a natural and he had 'it'. What they call 'it' in the business.
She added: "He's gone, but his music will live on forever."
For his part, President Barack Obama released a statement saying the world lost a "creative icon."
"Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince," the president said. "Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer."
Meanwhile, dozens of celebrities took to social media to react to the music legend's death.
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
Just came back from Cuba & received horrible news. Such an iconic legend. Will forever cherish u & what u gave this earth sir. Love u Prince— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) April 21, 2016
My friend is gone...This is what it sounds like, when doves cry. He was my— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) April 21, 2016
Hall & Oates
Moment of silence for the tremendous talent lost today. Prince— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) April 21, 2016
Tracee Ellis Ross
My heart aches at the loss of Prince. He has joined his angels of which he was one. RIP.— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) April 21, 2016
Brilliant, creative, one of a kind, a true icon. RIP Prince. pic.twitter.com/ecg0HzkmwC— Michael Kors (@MichaelKors) April 21, 2016
Omg..... RIP Prince.... ??????— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
We lost another one… Can’t wait to hear what Prince and Bowie are working on. pic.twitter.com/nmegI7kf32— GavinDeGraw (@GavinDeGraw) April 21, 2016
I can't believe Prince is dead. We've all been robbed with this genius dying at 57. Purple Rain - brilliant. #mayulive2cthedawn— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 21, 2016
Legendary Prince is dead!! How tragic! #soundtrackofmylife— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 21, 2016
Samuel L. Jackson
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) April 21, 2016
Prince....there's no way— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 21, 2016
If the passing of Prince is true, GONE TOO SOON!! Prince and MJ is what I grew up to.. pic.twitter.com/Yz5v0rh68Z— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) April 21, 2016
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
I will miss him. #Prince
Rest in power, Prince.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 21, 2016
not prince— Tahj Mowry (@Tahj_Mowry) April 21, 2016
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
I do not wanted to believe this. RIP @prince Thank you for your influence. G.O.A.T. You will be missed but your work will live forever.— Sir Mix-A-Lot (@therealmix) April 21, 2016
Another icon gone too soon.— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince ????
Thank you Prince for years of great music... Now play for God pic.twitter.com/1SjJht3v00— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 21, 2016
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016
Prince is a genius. I thought so before and I think so now.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 21, 2016
Prince?!?!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 21, 2016
The Apollo Theater
Ths average of death for an entertainer is 57. The music legend @prince died at his home today. He was 57.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) April 21, 2016
??????????— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) April 21, 2016
In Minneapolis right now...and it's raining...
R.I.P. Prince ... One of Miles Davis' last collaborators. You will be woefully missed ...— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
This is so heartbreaking?? I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P?? pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
???????????? Noooooooooooo... This is not good for me to hear today.. Omg!!! Prince Rest In Peace ( He was Music) not good... Jesus.— Fantasia Barrino (@TasiasWord) April 21, 2016
Can’t even process this. There will never be another. Thank you for everything, Prince Rogers Nelson.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) April 21, 2016
Rest In Peace, Prince. You are a true legend and have influenced music in so many ways. pic.twitter.com/NtsJxKd4Xx— Taylor Gang (@TaylorGang) April 21, 2016
I am stunned to hear about #Prince, a huge part of my record collection and the sound of my 20s. A rare kinda brilliance. RIP— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) April 21, 2016
Taking off for New York with a heavy heart. I will leave you with this- Prince live from the Capitol Theater, 1982. https://t.co/m9m837OBK0— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 21, 2016
"Dearly beloved— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life..."
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic ? Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones. https://t.co/JT52sKlJBJ— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 21, 2016
Im sooooo very sad right now... PRINCE can't die.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 21, 2016
So sad to hear about Prince- We've not only lost an incredible talent but we've lost a legend. ??— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Oh my god. Prince. Oh my god.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 21, 2016
Heartbroken to hear about the sudden passing of Prince. RIP. ?? #Prince— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) April 21, 2016
Harry Shum Jr.
Prince. No.— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) April 21, 2016
We've lost the greatest artist of my generation. I danced on stage with him when milo was in my belly. Prince, I will forever love you. #RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 21, 2016
Crushed to hear the news about Prince... What an artist. What an influence. Thank you for the love. And the funk ?— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 21, 2016
If the news about prince is true it will be a terrible loss of such an amazing music legend and icon.— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) April 21, 2016
R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 21, 2016
Just heard about Prince ....can't believe it ....... - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 21, 2016
Wow. So sad to hear one of the greatest passed away today. He's a legend. Incredible musician. RIP Prince.— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) April 21, 2016
Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) April 21, 2016
RIP PRINCE...we lost a legend & a music icon today— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince damn— Kid Ink (@Kid_Ink) April 21, 2016
You can't take Bowie and Prince in the same year. You can't. No. No!!!!— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) April 21, 2016
Charlamagne Tha God
Not Prince Man.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 21, 2016
I can't believe Prince has died... I'm totally and utterly mortified ??— Gok Wan (@therealgokwan) April 21, 2016
Shocked to hear about prince. This is a crazy time right now. #rip— Danny Jones (@itsDannyJones) April 21, 2016
My mom just texted me with a ton of sad face emojis about Prince’s death.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 21, 2016
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016