Madonna defends Prince tribute
Madonna is hitting back against her Prince tribute detractors.
The Queen of Pop took to Instagram Monday to address the criticism surrounding her Sunday night Billboard Music Awards performance, in which she teamed with Stevie Wonder to honor the late legend with a rendition of his 1990 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” and 1984’s “Purple Rain.”
“Deal with it,” she wrote late Sunday night alongside a photo of her decked in an all-purple getup. Several hours later, she returned to elaborate with a second post. “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.”
Controversy began to boil shortly after the performance, when the official Twitter account for the BET Awards posted a promo video mocking the BBMAs showcase.
“Yeah, we saw that,” read a chyron at the bottom of the teaser for the BET Awards’ own Prince tribute, which is set to happen in June. “Don’t worry. We got you.”
Questlove, who introduced the performance, previously defended Madonna on Twitter, though he didn’t directly reference BET’s dig.
“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,” the Roots drummer wrote in a string of tweets Sunday night. “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.”
It seems like Madge has already heeded Questlove’s words. In her third and final post, the “Living for Love” singer strikes a confident pose with one hand on her hip and a purple rose between her teeth. “This is my ‘I’m not your b—– don’t hang your s— on me’ Dance,” she wrote.
See all of Madonna’s posts below.