This weekend, 103.5 KTU, The Beat of New York, kicked off the summer at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with its annual star-studded concert event KTUphoria 2016 presented by Aruba. Fans celebrated summer with performances from today’s hottest acts including Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, The Chainsmokers, Nile Rodgers, Mike Posner, and Bebe Rexha.
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was filled with eager fans ready to party and hear all of the night’s top performers. Mike Posner performed his summer jam “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” followed by Enrique Iglesias, who had the crowd dancing the night away. The Backstreet Boys proved to be “back alright” and took everyone on a trip down memory lane.
The fans who filled the venue experienced all the feels prior to Pitbull’s performance during a tribute honoring the late legend Prince.
Pitbull was the last to take stage, and it was worth the wait. “Mr. Worldwide” wowed the crowd with his impressive dance moves and had everyone out of their seats. The “party” vibe was in honor of the late Muhammad Ali and the iconic Prince. Why? Because, that’s what they would have wanted.
Already looking forward to next year’s KTUphoria? We know we are!
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17 Artists You Probably Didn't Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince's "Purple Rain"Source:Getty 1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal soundSource:Getty 2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell's unique musical styleSource:Getty 3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of timesSource:Getty 4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by PrinceSource:Getty 5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love"Source:Getty 6 of 17
7. Andre 3000's style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by PrinceSource:Getty 7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on InstagramSource:Getty 8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation's PrinceSource:Getty 9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboySource:Getty 10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D'Angelo has covered Prince's “She's Always in My Hair”Source:Getty 11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered "How Come You Don't Call Me"Source:Getty 12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple OneSource:Getty 13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.Source:Getty 14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her 'Born This Way' albumSource:Getty 15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments...sound familiar?Source:Getty 16 of 17
17. Lenny's musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCagSource:Getty 17 of 17
KTUphoria 2016: Pitbull Pays Tribute To Prince & Muhammad Ali was originally published on globalgrind.com