Madonna, Stevie Wonder pay tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards 2016

Madonna closed Sunday's Billboard Music Awards paying tribute to Prince with the help of Stevie Wonder, ending the night with "Purple Rain."

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Wearing a shiny purple suit, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," which Prince wrote and Sinead O'Connor recorded. She sat in a large purple chair and was teary-eyed as she sang the song, as videos and photos of Prince were projected behind her.

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"An Epic Moment for Me to sing in honor of Prince with Stevie Wonder. ‪#‎luckiestgirlintheworld‬" -Madonna

"Such an Amaaaaaaaaaazing Moment for Me! Thanks to all who made it happen!!!." -Madonna

"His Purple Heart was there in spirit. Long may He Reign!" -Madonna

"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" -Madonna

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Wonder, who wore a purple scarf, later joined her for "Purple Rain" as the audience at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas sang along.

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Madonna responds to critics of her Prince tribute

"This is my " I'm not your bitch don't hang your shit on me" Dance" -Madonna

"Most of all thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for all that you've given us," Madonna said after the performance.

Prince died on April 21 at age 57. The icons collaborated on "Love Song" in 1989 and Madonna was met with criticism online when Billboard announced she would be the one to pay homage to The Purple One.

"All of us live in the land of music and his departure was an earthquake," Roots drummer Questlove said before the performance. "I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rogers Nelson."

 


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