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Prince performs Valentine's Day set.

Byline: Mesfin Fekadu

NEW YORK -- Prince woke up early Saturday to share some love and hits on Valentine's Day to a crowd that included Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Jay Z and Chris Rock.

The pop icon performed an early morning concert to a star-studded audience: Questlove, Rosario Dawson, Nas and Queen Latifah, were among those dancing and singing to his rousing set in downtown New York City.

Wendy Williams danced on stage behind the keyboards throughout the first half of Prince's two-hour-plus performance, and the pop icon selected celebs to come onstage later in the set. Among them, Rock, Latifah, Questlove, BET executive Stephen Hill and Extra host A.J. Calloway -- who all danced to Michael Jackson's ''Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'' along with other noncelebs in the crowd.

The outside of 23 Wall St. was a bit chaotic as fans tried to get in to see Prince -- some waiting outside in the brisk cold weather. Inside, it was hot with hit-after-hit. The singer's performance celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Jordan sneaker.

'all mind if I play my guitar for a little bit,'' he said as Latifah jammed on, sporting a fedora and glasses.

Other celeb attendees included Terrell Owens, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, MMA fighter Chuck Liddell, actor Tim Meadows and ''Real Housewives of Atlanta'' star Cynthia Bailey.

Prince -- after being urged by fans who yelled ''Purple Rain'' -- returned to the stage to close the night with the key song.

''I heard some people singing, but I want to hear everybody singing,'' he said, extending the song.

''You're welcome.''

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Author:Fekadu, Mesfin
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Date:Feb 15, 2015
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