Watch Prince Get Hedonistic & Cheeky Performing 'Gett Off' at 1991 VMAs

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Prince photographed in the Netherlands in 1995. 

As the music world mourns Prince's unexpected death Thursday, we look back at his legacy with admiration and -- more than occasionally -- shock and awe. One such jaw-dropping moment was at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards when he performed "Gett Off" with an amazing stage show, covered in yellow -- that is, except for his butt. 

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The show was like a 1990s version of Caligula, with Roman columns aflame in the background while an orgy of dancers writhed sensually in every direction around the creative genius. 

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Throughout the hyper-sexualized performance, Prince plays the tease at first with modest moves (for him) before finally, at three minutes into the song, singing the line "move that big ass 'round this way so I can work on that zipper, baby" as he reveals his own booty covered by only illusion netting. 

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