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Sydney's New Year Fireworks Honored Prince With Some Epic Purple Rain

Only want to see you in the purple rain.

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Prince wasn't the only late icon to be honored, though; there was a nod to David Bowie and his song "Space Oddity" through Saturn-, moon-, and star-shaped fireworks, while a tune from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory also played to remember star Gene Wilder.

"This year, sadly, we saw the loss of many music and entertainment legends around the world," fireworks show co-producer Catherine Flanagan said. "So celebrating their music as part of Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks displays is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and what the future may hold."

You can watch the 9 p.m. fireworks here, but to hear the show with the original music, including "Purple Rain," click here.

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David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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