Representatives for Prince’s estate are nearing a deal that could have some of the artist’s greatest hits available for streaming on major services like Spotify and Apple Music in time for the Grammy Awards, a source close to the situation confirms to Billboard. (The news was first reported on Bloomberg.)
The Grammys are planning a major tribute to Prince, for which The Weeknd, Rihanna and Bruno Mars have been discussed or approached, the source says. Prince, who won seven Grammys out of 24 nominations and appeared on the show several times, died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 at the age of 57.
A likely scenario would see a TV commercial air during the Grammy broadcast following the tribute, which would announce that certain songs are immediately available on Spotify, Apple Music and possibly other services. The source tells Billboard that publishers, performing rights organizations and at least one label have been alerted to an impending deal.