Prince Rogers Nelson (b. 1958) appeared as a guest star in episode 201 of Muppets Tonight on September 13, 1997. At the time, he was known as (dubbed by the media as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince). A Muppet caricature of the star appeared in the same episode.
He and Troy Beyer were romantically linked in the 1990s.
- "Purple Rain" was spoofed as "Piggy Reigns" by (Frog) Prince in the 1993 Muppet Trading Cards set.
- In episode 2558 of Sesame Street, The Cosby Kids argue over what is sadder, not making the Football team, a best friend moving away, or losing a purple pen with a picture of Prince.
- In the Abby's Flying Fairy School segment, "Sleeping Bloggy," Gonnigan turns into a prince and back again, and then Mrs. Sparklenose tells him that he'll always be "the fairy formerly known as a prince."
- Near the end of The Muppets, Tex Richman refers the Muppets, having lost the telethon, as "You artists formerly known as The Muppets", whilst The Muppets: The Movie Junior Novel refers to Gonzo (now a plumbing magnate) as the artist formerly known as The Great Gonzo.
- The Sesame Street song "Nineteen" spoofs Prince's song "1999."