The singer was performing at a White House concert to mark International Jazz Day

Aretha Franklin has paid tribute to Prince by performing a cover of ‘Purple Rain’ at the White House.

The soul singer celebrated International Jazz Day yesterday by taking part in an all-star concert that featured performances from the likes of Herbie Hancock and Sting.

But after kicking off proceedings with a performance of ‘A Song for You’, Franklin later returned to the stage to sing a section of ‘Purple Rain’ – as an audience that included US President Barack Obama watched on.

Franklin’s performance comes less than two weeks after Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate on April 21.

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Paying tribute to the singer, Franklin previously hailed him as “one of a kind.”

She said: “He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. There was truly only one Prince.

“He put his stamp [on his sound].

“There was a mystique about him that made you want to know a little more about him. Kind of like Stevie [Wonder] he was one of those artists that loved to go into and stay in the studio.”

Last night’s concert also saw tributes to Prince from actress Helen Mirren – who wore a purple dress and a temporary tattoo in the shape of the singer’s iconic Love Symbol.