Madonna and Stevie Wonder delivered a powerful Prince tribute in spite of protest

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Madonna paying tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.
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At the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Madonna gave a touching tribute to Prince with help from another towering musical icon, Stevie Wonder.

As the arena shined in purple, Madonna came on the stage dressed in purple and sitting on a purple throne as she sang Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (which was made famous in a cover by Sinead O’Connor).

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Stevie Wonder then joined Madonna, and the two did a duet of Prince’s classic “Purple Rain.”

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Though a number of people weren’t happy about Madonna as the choice for the tribute and even protested the performance, that wasn’t evident on the screen. The audience all began waving their purple glowing bracelets in the air. Rihanna got into it with a little dance, too.

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Prince and Stevie Wonder were close until Prince’s sudden death on April 21. Madonna and Prince collaborated together on her 1989 album “Like a Prayer.”

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.???? This is Not A Love Song.

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Madonna ended the performance with Wonder by saying, “Most of all, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson, for all that you have given us.”

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Stevie Wonder and Madonna singing “Purple Rain” at the Billboard Music Awards.
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Watch the full performance below: