D’Angelo, Sheila E., the Roots to perform Prince tribute at BET Awards

The Purple One will be honoured at the awards show

The BET Awards will pay tribute to Prince with a special live performance.

D’Angelo, Sheila E., the Roots and Janelle Monae are among the artists that have been announced for the award show tribute, which takes place on June 26.

Prince, who died in April aged 57, received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Since his death, a number of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé have paid tribute to Prince by covering his songs during their concerts.

Last month, Madonna performed a Prince tribute at the Billboard Awards, covering classics like ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘Purple Rain’ together with the help of Questlove and Stevie Wonder.

The performance received a mixed reaction on social media, including a jibe from the BET Awards, who promoted their own forthcoming Prince tribute with a tweet stating: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”

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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.”

BET also announced that Alicia Keys and Maxwell will perform during the awards show which takes place at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.

Last week, an US law enforcement official confirmed that Prince died of a drug overdose. The results of the late musician’s autopsy and toxicology tests are yet to be publically released.