Madonna performed her tribute during the Billboard Music Awards despite the backlash from Prince fans. She then took to social media to tell everyone that they are welcome to do a tribute to the pop icon.
Billboard producers were in the news recently when fans made it known that there were other artists closely associated to Prince other than Madonna. The fans claimed others were better poised for the tribute performance. However, Billboard producers were in no mood to negotiate and Madonna finally took to the stage.
Yahoo News reveals that she started her performance with a touching rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She then got Stevie Wonder up on stage while performing “Purple Rain.” The two-song tribute had the “Material Girl” saluting her friend and collaborator. She was seen wearing a lavender suit and a ruffled shirt during the act.
After the performance, Madonna took to social media and posted a series of messages. The Sydney Morning Herald states that one of her Instagram posts is captioned, “Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.”
There is yet another Instagram video of her dancing. “This is my ‘I’m not your bitch don’t hang your shit on me’ Dance 💜💜💜☔️☔️☔️” said the post. There are others who say she is the luckiest person ever to perform the tribute alongside Stevie Wonder and asks everyone to “deal with it.”
However, Madonna’s performance has been criticised on social media. According to Woman’s Day, Madonna’s performance was labelled “embarrassing.” Fans are even mad at her for her choice of songs. First, she chose a track written by Prince and sung by Sinead O’Connor. Second, her “Purple Rain” left everyone wondering if the performers really knew the lyrics. And while fans say “Prince deserved so much more than this!” they still will have to “deal with it.”
Fans slam Madonna on Twitter:
— Salena (@salenadaniels) May 23, 2016
— Ty (SexySingleMommy) (@UHeardMeRight) May 23, 2016
— Ringo Le 😋 (@ringole) May 23, 2016
instant classic?? It was an insult, an epic fail, a travesty. Prince deserved so much more. An embarrassing mess. 😡
— Pamela Robertson (@pammy77) May 23, 2016