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21 January 2024

Beverley Knight: ‘Prince Was A Brilliant Host’

Beverley Knight performs live at the 26th Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland
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Beverley Knight has revealed a side of Prince that doesn’t often get mentioned – the late musical genius’ generosity as a host – in a new interview with The Guardian.

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Knight said, “Prince was a brilliant host, brilliant. He invited me to Los Angeles in 2008 to perform at his Oscars party and I remember vividly walking into his house and him saying: “Are you hungry? Do you want something to eat?” I knew Prince didn’t eat meat, but he had a chef in and I got salmon and salads. And it was… it was a spread. I don’t know why I remember that salmon so much, but it was gorgeous.”

The singer went on to reveal some of the secrets of her longevity as an artist, “I was determined when I turned 50 it was going to be a great time, because I understand perfectly well the privilege of reaching my half century. So many people in the music industry just don’t get there. Or they get there and they are in a real state. And I’m here, relatively unscathed. So I’m really careful about what I eat. What goes in my body in general.

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“I didn’t drink at a time when it was definitely unfashionable to be teetotal. I’d go to a club, do a PA and then ask them to put the kettle on after I’d come off stage. At the time people would look at me sideways. Now people just find it fun and quirky and, yeah, definitely Bev.”

Beverley Knight’s latest album, The Fifth Chapter, is out now. She stars in Sister Act at the Dominion, London from 15 Mar–8 June and tours the UK later in the year.

Beverley Knight upcoming UK tour dates

19 – Northampton Derngate
20 – Harrogate Convention Centre
22 – Bristol Beacon
23 – London Royal Albert Hall.

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