In honor of the legendary Purple One, MTV exchanged its regular Thursday programming for an all-day, all-Prince music-video marathon. But unfortunately, as Deadspin points out, Will Smith's "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" video found its way on the air in between "New Power Generation" and "Controversy." If you're thinking to yourself, Nope, that's not the right Prince, you would've been one of many also thinking that at around 5:55 p.m. EST (see below).
lol mtv wrong prince pic.twitter.com/skTEiqBTV5— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) April 21, 2016
Turned to MTV expecting to see Prince music videos and what did I see instead? DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince pic.twitter.com/dkocCKJFCW— Christian Jawnson (@NerdPoetics) April 21, 2016
It's been so long since MTV played music videos, they forgot that Prince and Fresh Prince are two different people pic.twitter.com/R6PzSn6KTE— Ms. Anthrope (@AprilTara) April 21, 2016
MTV algorithm fail: Fresh Prince is not Prince. pic.twitter.com/Y1v6bLbT6x— Stacey Shick Samuels (@StaceyShick) April 21, 2016
MTV hasn't addressed the Fresh Prince–Prince mix-up yet, but that's likely all it was. The channel, along with VH1, has plans to continue playing blocks of the music icon's most influential videos and Purple Rain:
Prince was found dead of unknown causes earlier Thursday at his Paisley Park estate. The Carver County Sheriff's Office, in Minnesota, told media afterward that it was investigating the situation, and that a local medical examiner would conduct an autopsy.