Screengrab via DJ Jazzy Jeff/YouTube

MTV accidentally played a ‘Fresh Prince’ video during its Prince tribute

Twitter definitely noticed.


Christine Friar


Published Apr 22, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 9:56 pm CDT

After news broke of rockstar Prince’s death Thursday, MTV cleared its entire schedule to play nothing but the Purple One’s music videos in tribute—but there was one exception. 

A video by another prince managed to slip through the cracks: the Fresh Prince. 

Around 5:55pm ET,  the video for Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” reportedly played between Prince’s “New Power Generation” and “Controversy,” and Twitter immediately took note:

It seems like a clear backend error: Whoever was responsible for making an endless playlist of Prince videos searched “prince” in their database and accidentally added the Fresh Prince too, but MTV has yet to release any comment about the mixup. 

H/T Vulture

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2016, 1:51 pm CDT