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Date set for Prince tribute concert

Associated Press Associated Press 28/07/2016

Prince's family says an official tribute concert honouring the late icon will take place in October in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Prince's family said the concert will be held on October 13 at the US Bank Stadium.

Performers will soon be announced on a rolling basis.

Prince died on April 21 of a drug overdose. The Purple One's brothers and sisters said in a joint statement that they "have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince's friends and fans around the world".

"We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis," the statement read.

"We are honoured by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible."

Since Prince's death, countless performers have paid tribute to the entertainer.

Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have covered his songs during their live shows, and Madonna sang Nothing Compares 2 U and Purple Rain - with the help of Stevie Wonder - at the Billboard Music Awards in May.

BET dedicated much of its awards show last month to Prince with performances from Sheila E, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Bilal, Tori Kelly, Wonder and Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.

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