Monday (February 15) we were saddened to report that Vanity of Vanity 6 had passed away after suffering from kidney failure and abdominal illness. The 57-year old singer was the protege and collaborator of music legend Prince.

Last night, during first show of his Australian tour in Melbourne, Prince honored Vanity. He spoke to the crowd saying, “Someone dear to us has passed away, I’m gonna dedicate this song to her,” before performing an emotional rendition of “Little Red Corvette” mixed with “Dirty Mind,” which is reported to be one of several songs from when the two were together.

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Later in the night, Prince Later in the set, Prince chopped up the lyrics of “The Ladder,” replacing ‘Electra’ with ‘Vanity’ so he sang, “This Prince, he had a subject named Vanity who loved him with a passion, uncontested.”

Towards the end, he took a few moments to address the crowd saying, “I am new to this playing alone. I thank you all for being so patient. I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight. Just keep jamming … She knows about this one.” He then jumped into his record, “The Beautiful Ones.”

To wrap up the evening, Prince choose to tell the audience a story about Vanity. He said,

“Can I tell you a story about Vanity? Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong cos she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”

May she rest in peace.