Madonna’s Prince Tribute Draws (Hilarious) Criticism

By Sameer Rao May 23, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that we called out Madonna for being out of touch. Last night (May 22), Twitter users leveled similar criticism at the singer following her tribute performance to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.


The performance, introduced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and featuring Stevie Wonder, provoked controversy well before Sunday night. Critics were concerned that the pop star—sometimes compared to Prince for her ’80s-pop-chart domination, prolific career and ongoing image reinvention—would not be able handle such an important tribute. As these responses attest, many think she didn’t:


Even BET threw shade, previewing next month’s BET Awards and its own Prince tribute with this video: 


Questlove came to the Madonna’s defense in a series of tweets this morning (May 23):


Madonna also defended her performance:


(H/t The Root, The Hollywood ReporterThe Huffington Post, Billboard