Over his long and illustrious career, Prince shared the stage with many big names: Beyonce, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Tom Petty among them. One of the most memorable moments though – for all the wrong reasons – is that time when Kim Kardashian joined the Purple One onstage, only to freeze up and get shooed away again.
It all happened during Prince’s New York show at Madison Square Garden in 2011, when Kim K was called up onstage and granted a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dance with the Artist Formerly Known Simply By A Symbol during a rendition of ‘Kiss’. If there’s one rule in life, it’s that if you’re dragged onto a stage with Prince and told to dance, dammit, you dance!
Uncharacteristically, the reality TV star decided instead to completely clam up, standing stiff and motionless. Not one to wait around, Prince swiftly called for Kardashian’s exit. “Get off the stage!” Prince is heard telling Kim, half-dismissive, half jovial, before quipping: “I need a dancer! Welcome to America!”
Taking to Twitter to explain her hesitation, Kim told her many followers at the time: “OMG Prince just pulled me up on stage!!! I’m shaking!!!!… I was so nervous, I froze when Prince touched me!” To be fair, we’d probably have the same reaction.
Granted a second chance later in the evening however, Kim “redeemed” herself by dancing while Prince played the piano. “Wow! What a night!” she exclaimed. Yep, we bet it was.
Watch footage of the glorious moment beneath: