Emotional Mariah Carey pays tribute to Prince: 'I didn't know if I was able to come out here'

Just hours after his untimely death, Mariah Carey paid a beautiful tribute to her late friend Prince. The 46-year-old dedicated her emotional ballad "One Sweet Day" to the music icon during a concert at AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

The singer introduced the song, telling fans, "It’s a very sad day but we remember the life of somebody who will always be treasured.” Mariah fought back tears as she made her way through the 1995 single.

The mom of two chose the song with good reason, as it features lyrics that include: “'I know you're shining down on me from heaven.”

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“I didn't know if I was able to come out here and put on a show and be festive, but I said, 'I'm in Paris and that's what Prince would want me to do,'" She told concert-goers. "To get through it rather than just make everything bleak, we need to take this and honor this.”

Mariah Carey and Prince have long been friends. Photo: © Getty Images

The "We Belong Together" artist continued, “He was a friend to me, too. And he talked me through some times I really, really needed somebody and he was an incredible person... I'm sure his music touched every single person in here. So, let's have a moment of silence for Prince if we could please."

Following the Sweet Fantasy World Tour show, Mariah opened up to Entertainment Tonight about the loss of her friend. "It's such a loss that he's gone," she said. "I'll never get over it." Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota on April 21.

After learning of his death, Mariah posted a throwback photo of herself with the Purple Rain singer, which she captioned, “Genius, legend, inspiration, friend. The world will miss you."

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