Madonna, who performed the Prince Tribute during the Billboard Music Awards last night, posted the following picture to her Instagram account and Prince fans were none too pleased:
While the world is accustomed to Prince’s gender-bending fashion, this particular image — shot from an unflattering angle and focused on the singer’s derriere — felt disrespectful to the singer’s legacy, according to several miffed fans.
When it was announced that Madonna would be performing the Prince tribute during the Billboard Music Awards on May 22, the internet lit up with fans questioning whether or not Madonna had the vocal chops to do the late singer justice. Moreover, some felt a black artist would have been better suited for the job. A change.org petition was even set up in an attempt to block Madge’s performance. In the end, Madonna, with an appearance by Stevie Wonder, did go on to perform some of Prince’s greatest hits during the ceremony, but not everyone was impressed.
— E! Online Brasil (@eonlinebrasil) May 23, 2016
— 13News Now (@13NewsNow) May 23, 2016
Minutes after Madonna’s performance BET tweeted a short video clip announcing the network will be doing their own tribute:
Did you watch Madonna’s Prince tribute performance? What did you think?