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Prince Commemorated in Washington, D.C. Through Memorial, Dance Party, and Art

See all the tributes to a musical legend

On Thursday, songwriter, producer, and actor Prince died at the age of 57. All across the nation, fans showed their support. In Washington, D.C. in particular, the artist was remembered even by U.S. President Barack Obama, who released this statement:

Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. 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.

"A strong spirit transcends rules," Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.‎

See how the District remembered the artist with the following tweets and Instagram posts by residents, local businesses, and museums.

For those in Washington, D.C., the Warner Theatre hosted a candlelight memorial.

At the corner of 14th and U streets NW, residents also hosted a dance party around 9 p.m.

Tonight, and forever, we remember a legend. #purpleforprince #ripprince

A photo posted by The Capital Wheel (@capitalwheel) on

That same evening, the National Harbor's Capital Wheel also lit up in purple to commemorate the artist.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery plans on placing a photograph of the musician in the In Memoriam space on the first floor of the building.