Madonna posted three pictures from her night paying tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards on her Instagram account:
An Epic Moment for Me to sing in honor of Prince with Stevie Wonder☔️💜☔️💜🙏🏻. #luckiestgirlintheworld'
'Such an Amaaaaaaaaaazing Moment for Me! Thanks to all who made it happen!!! 💜☔️🙏🏻.'
'His Purple Heart was there in spirit. Long may He Reign! 💜☔️👑'
Madonna paid tribute to Prince, Kesha earned a standing ovation for her stirring rendition of 'It Ain't Me, Babe' honoring Bob Dylan, and Celine Dion dedicated her Icon award to her late husband at Sunday night's emotion-packed Billboard Music Awards.
The three-hour live telecast from Las Vegas stuck to its tradition of a performance-heavy annual show featuring top recording stars in spectacular production numbers.
Britney Spears kicked things off, dazzling in a daring red outfit for a medley of her hits.
Canadian singer The Weeknd dedicated the first award to Prince, the Grammy-winning pop superstar best known for such hits as 'Purple Rain' and 'Let's Go Crazy,' who died at his Minnesota home in April aged 57.
'I want to dedicate this award to the late great Prince,' The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), said in accepting the Top Hot 100 Artist award.
Madonna ended the show with a Prince tribute that included 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' before she was joined by Stevie Wonder for 'Purple Rain' as the audience rose to its feet, arms gently swaying above their heads and singing along.
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Madonna paid homage to Prince by wearing his signature color and bringing another icon - Stevie Wonder - onstage to sing the classic 'Purple Rain' at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.
Sitting atop a purple throne, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' which Prince wrote and Sinead O'Connor recorded. She as teary-eyed as she sang the song, videos and photos of Prince projected behind her.
Wonder, in a purple scarf, later joined her for 'Purple Rain' as the audience at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas sang along.
'Most of all, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for all that you've given us,' Madonna said after the performance.
Prince died on April 21 at age 57. The icons collaborated on 'Love Song' in 1989 and Madonna was met with criticism online when Billboard announced she would be the one to pay homage to The Purple One. Some felt she should not do the tribute alone, and others said a black artist should be involved.
'All of us live in the land of music and his departure was an earthquake,' Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson said before the performance. 'I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rogers Nelson.'
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Madonna is set to perform in honor of Prince at the Billboard Music Awards tonight (May 22), and she has a little extra in store.
Billboard has learned that the Material Girl asked Questlove to share a few words about Prince.
And The Roots drummer has prepared a tribute to the late icon that will lead into Madonna's performance at the ceremony.
Prince unexpectedly passed away April 21 at the age of 57. Other details on Madonna's tribute remain a closely guarded secret.
The Billboard Music Awards air May 22 on ABC.
Artists planning to wear eyeliner to the 24th annual Billboard Music Awards on May 22 are best advised to invest in a tear-proof brand. 'The show is going to be filled with a lot of emotion,' says Mark Bracco, an executive producer of the telecast, which, for the first time, will air live coast to coast from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
In addition to the choked sobs that often accompany an acceptance speech - award finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement measured by Billboard and its data partners - this year's BBMAs will include performances by Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla Sign, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo, Rihanna and Demi Lovato, as well as the debut of Adele's music video for 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' and special showcases featuring Britney Spears, Pink, Celine Dion and Madonna, designed to evoke thrills, tears or both.
Madonna Celebrates Prince: After the death of Prince in April, the BBMA producers began discussing a tribute to the multitalented artist, which led to conversations with Madonna's team. Although the details of Madge's performance are under wraps, Bracco says it will be 'intimate.' 'She has been very involved in how it will be presented,' he says. 'It will be one of the emotional highlights of the show.'
The executive producer of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition.
'Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,' Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'I think it's going to be fantastic.'
Madonna and Prince collaborated on 'Love Song' from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.' Bracco didn't say what song Madonna would perform, but said her tribute would be 'really beautiful.'
'It's going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it's something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,' he said.
After the initial announcement earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched. Bracco said that after Prince died on April 21, the show's producers brainstormed ways to honor his legacy. And then Madonna's folks called.
'Honestly her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively,' he said. 'And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.'
The Billboard Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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