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Madonna took the stage at the Billboard Music Awards, dressed as Willy Wonka’s mistress, to tribute our beloved Prince.


The “Like A Virgin” singer appeared on a glittery purple throne, starting her performance with a cover of Sinead O’Connor’s hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Like, we know Prince wrote that song, but is that really how you want to open a Prince tribute? I mean he was music royalty, our eccentric carefree brother, the purple one, the vibrant one, and the tribute to his musical catalog opens with a lackluster, low energy song? And the struggle vocals?

No, no, no.

Where’s the sex? Where’s the sensuality? Where’s the magic?

The 57-year-old tried to salvage the moment by bringing Stevie Wonder on stage for a rendition of “Purple Rain,” and it didn’t help.

The Internet erupted with shade, including an epic side eye from BET on Twitter:

And they weren’t the only ones disappointed:


Madonna appears blind to the bullish*t, writing on IG, “Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age, gender, or skin color!”

Okay then.


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