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Madonna Defends ‘Billboard’ Prince Tribute

Madonna defends her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards on Instagram

Madonna performed at the Billboard Music Awards last night (May 22), paying tribute to Prince with “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain.” Additionally, Stevie Wonder made a surprise cameo. The night before the awards show, the Pop Queen took to Instagram to defend her performance, which has been the subject of heated controversy and negative reviews. “Deal with it,” she wrote on a post that showcased her all-purple regalia.

Deal with It! @beautyandessexlv

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“Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age gender or skin color,” she wrote in one of the photo captions. “If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.”

It all began when word got out that Madonna would be the artist at the awards to honor Prince, after which an online petition was made demanding a lineup change: “We cannot let Madonna be the main and only artist tributing Prince during the 2016 Billboard Awards. He is more worthy of a better choice as a main performer.”

Things got even more heated when BET tweeted a promo video for their own awards show directly after Madonna’s performance, with a statement that read: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”

However, the artist who introduced the performance Questlove defended Madonna.

“Because of [Prince’s] well known love for the *poof* vanishing act. A lot of us are left feeling incomplete in the act of saying goodbye. In the upcoming award season for ‘17 there will be a gang of tributes. Naturally there will be folded arms & shade thrown because the Purple Standard is hard boots to fill & a lot of us don’t wanna come [to] grips [with] the fact that Prince – (an on the surface) face of health & invincible agelessness – [succumbed] to something so… friggin basic…So I know there is gonna be A LOT of ‘feel a certain ways’ about who you want to see do his music justice – but you gotta put that aside y’all.”

Check out the posts below and be sure to let us know what you thought of the performance.

This is my ” I’m not your bitch don’t hang your shit on me” Dance ☔️☔️☔️

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