Madonna Shades BET Following Criticism Over Billboard Music Awards Tribute

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

Madonna isn’t afraid of a little social media beef. After BET scoffed at her Prince tribute at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Madge responded last week with an earnest defense of her “Nothing Compares 2 U" and “Purple Rain” covers. Now, she’s going in even more.

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On May 29, Madonna posted a photo of her wearing a jacket Prince gifted her years ago, along with a strongly worded BET reference and… a Marilyn ("Calling Your Name") cameo.



“Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET, lol!” Madonna wrote. “God Bless America… and yes that's Marilyn!”

Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute to Prince at the 2016 BBMAs

Following the May 22 performance with Stevie Wonder, BET shared an image of Prince to mock Madonna’s set and call attention to its own forthcoming Prince tribute.

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