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The death of musical genius and genre defining icon Prince sent shockwaves through the music industry, triggering a myriad of tributes from those who knew him and those who idolised him from afar.

Last nights Billboard Music Awards provided the platform for an A-list homage to the American songwriter, when Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up to perform a rendition of two of Prince's popular songs.

Madonna prior to her solo performance (Credit: Getty)
Madonna prior to her solo performance (Credit: Getty)

The Queen of Pop opened the set by singing "Nothing Compares 2 U" solo, before Wonder entered the stage for an emotional interpretation of one of Prince's classics, "Purple Rain."

"We Got You"

Unfortunately, some viewers were left unimpressed, feeling that the late Prince was deserving of a more beefed out memorial. To add fuel to the social media fire, the BET Awards — a ceremony celebrating black culture — Tweeted a seriously sassy response:

Along with a promotional clip with the date for the award show — which takes place on June 26 — in reference to the tribute, they added the caption: "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You."

"Everybody Is Entitled To Their Opinion"

Prior to the show, some fans had already spoken out against the decision to choose Madonna for the performance, and even launched a petition against her inclusion. The backlash sparked a response from the award show's executive producer, Mark Bracco. He said:

"Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague."

Surely I can't be the only one who feels that any disagreement feels a little ill-natured, considering this was a memorial performance, and they'll be further tributes in future. Questlove Gomez, who introduced the segment, appears to share that opinion. He Tweeted:

What did you think of the Prince tribute?

Via: Vulture


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