Madonna delivered a weak tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 22). Viewers watching at home were not feeling the performance and they went on social media to voice their displeasure.
The veteran pop singer paid her respects to the fallen music icon by covering his ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a song he originally penned for Sinead O’Connor. Madge also performed a rendition of “Purple Rain” that brought out a surprise guest — Stevie Wonder. Their performance did get the crowd on their feet as well as inspired many to join in on singing along Prince’s classic tune.
And although it did drew some praise from a few people like actress Vivica A. Fox, unfortunately, fans on social media didn’t like it too much.
“Prince deserved so much more than this! #bbmas,” one fan tweeted.
Another fan conveyed different emotions she experienced watching Madonna’s tribute to the Purple One. “Cried tears of sadness listening 2 Questlove speak about Prince. Cried tears of horror watching Madonna; he deserved a better tribute, Madge,” she wrote.
And some other fans warned TV networks and other award shows that would air this year to be careful about how they pay homage to Prince. “OK @BET and @MTV, don’t f— up whatever future tribute you have planned like they just did on the #BillboardMusicAwards #BBMAs. Please!!,” one fan warned.
Fans were quite vocal about Madonna’s tribute to Prince at the BBMAs. Check out their reactions below.
What did you think of Material Girl’s tribute to the Purple One? Tell us in the comments below.
MJ: Hey Prince they got Madonna doing a tribute for you
— Big Bad Booty Daddy (@Marcus_Mims213) May 23, 2016
Literally could've been anyone BUT MADONNA DOING THE PRINCE TRIBUTE.#BBMAs
— Anna Nicole (@anbanananna) May 23, 2016
They may have been friends… he may have written Nothing Compares 2U… Madonna was the wrong choice for a… https://t.co/J3yJIZygdn
— Naomi Black (@divanaomiblack) May 23, 2016
RIP Prince sorry you had to hear that #BBMAs
— Creole PoundCake (@immaculate__Jay) May 23, 2016
— GEE (@QueenBee_71) May 23, 2016
— Jerome (@Jerome4030) May 23, 2016
I'm hella mad at that tribute. But I knew it was gonna be bad when they announced Madonna was doing it. #BBMAs
— Allie J (@Hermosa_Alma) May 23, 2016
@Madonna you killed the Prince tribute. You literally killed it. Biggest joke of all time
— Miss.MariachiLoka (@MariachiLoka) May 23, 2016
— I'm That Type Of Guy (@Marrrrcussss) May 23, 2016
Can't believe ya'll let Madonna go down to the #BBMAs and butcher that man song. Just dry. Horrible. Just no.
— Pippi NoStockings (@BohemianSaphyre) May 23, 2016
I wish Cher were singing this Prince tribute rather than Madonna. #BBMAs Nothing Compares To You.
— DQTV (@MissToniDQ) May 23, 2016
Cried tears of sadness listening 2 Questlove speak about Prince. Cried tears of horror watching Madonna; he deserved a better tribute, Madge
— Alyson Baldock (@AllyisCuriouser) May 23, 2016
Prince would never want Madonna of all people to perform his tribute #BBMAs
— jas (@OhJasKnows) May 23, 2016
Prince deserved so much more than this! #bbmas
— AB (@boonie84) May 23, 2016
Madonna's Prince tribute is a travesty. #BBMAs
— Sharon J (@olskoolmom) May 23, 2016
@SpectNScript I think he was a last min add, hoping we wldnt be 2 mad at Madonna. She had 2 kno the ppl were not pleased
— Grace Simmons (@MizGrafx) May 23, 2016