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P!nk and Brandi Carlile covered “Nothing Compares 2 U” in tribute to Sinead O’Connor.

Just hours before P!nk’s performance at the first date of her Summer Carnival Tour on Wednesday night in Cincinatti, Ohio, it was announced that O’Connor died at the age of 56.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinead. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” O’Connor’s said family in a statement.

P!nk brought Carlile onstage to perform “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Originally written by Prince for his side project the Family, the song featured on the band’s self-titled 1985 debut album. However, O’Connor gained popularity with her rendition of the song in 1990.

“When I was a little girl, my mom grew up in Atlantic City and I used to go down to the Ocean City Boardwalk with my ten dollars and I would make a demo tape. I would make a little cassette tape and imagine it was my demo for the record company,” P!nk told the crowd.

“And it would always be either ‘Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston or ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Sinead O’Connor. So in honor of Sinead, and in honor of my very, very talented friend Brandi Carlile I asked her if she would come out here and sing this song with me.”

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

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