Country Stars Shocked by Prince’s Death

Blake Shelton, Shania Twain, Chris Young, Zac Brown Among Those Reacting to the Loss

There’s a line in Prince’s “1999” — from his 1982 album of the same name — about how life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last. But I’m sure he had no way of knowing when he wrote that song that his party wouldn’t last past 57.

The iconic rock singer, songwriter and musician was found dead in his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday (April 21).

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” his publicist confirmed in a statement. The artist had been battling the flu for the last few weeks.

Even though Prince was a rock star through and through, with more than 40 years of music to his credit, he was so well-regarded by artists in other genres that many of them covered his biggest hits in concert. Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan and Jake Owen often did “Purple Rain.”

And country artists were quick to send out condolences and share their shock on social media, with a handful of them pointing out how many legends we’re lost so far this year.