Singer says of Billboard Music Awards show: ‘If Prince inspired you, then show it.’
At the ceremony in Las Vegas, Madonna sang ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ before she was joined by Stevie Wonder for a version of Purple Rain.
The performance was mocked on social media, as well as by rival music ceremony the BET Awards, who promoted their own forthcoming Prince tribute with a tweet stating: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.” The only confirmed performance at the BET ceremony is a Britney Spears medley.
Hitting back at critics, Madonna said on Instagram: “Anyone who wants to do a Prince tribute is welcome to, whatever your age, gender or skin colour. If you loved him and he inspired you, then show it. I love Prince 4 ever.”
She then added a second Instagram post stating: “This my ‘I’m not your bitch, don’t hang your shit on me’ dance.”
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Prince and Madonna were known to be friends, and duetted together on ‘Love Song’ on Madonna’s 1989 album ‘Like A Prayer’. It was rumoured following Prince’s death in April that the pair had been planning a joint world tour, though this has yet to be confirmed.
Madonna finished the six-month tour for her ‘Rebel Heart’ album in March, with the Sydney shows filmed for an upcoming DVD and live album.