Women in Music 2016

Madonna Responds to Critics of Her Prince Tribute at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Madonnan performs a tribute to Prince during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Sunday night (May 22) in Las Vegas, Madonna saluted her friend and collaborator Prince with a two-song performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Paying tribute to the late legend at the Las Vegas show, she performed “Nothing Compares 2 U" and “Purple Rain,” which included a surprise appearance from Stevie Wonder. Madonna took to social media today to respond to critics of the production.

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“Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to,” she wrote. “Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.” 

 

 

Shortly after, she posted a video of her dancing, along with the caption, “This is my ‘I’m not your bitch don't hang your shit on me’ Dance," quoting her 1994 hit "Human Nature."

 

 

This is my " I'm not your bitch don't hang your shit on me" Dance ------☔️☔️☔️

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Also joining the chorus was Céline Dion, who said Madonna did an "incredible job" of covering Prince on the BBMAs stage.

For more from the show, check out our countdown of the top 10 performances from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and vote for your favorite performance here. 
 

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