Madonna + Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards
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The tone was appropriately somber, as the venue was draped in purple — Prince’s signature color. The intro for “Let’s Go Crazy” blared out from the stage, as Madonna (clad in a lilac suit with ruffled sleeves and sat atop a purple velvet throne) swiveled around to the crowd. She performed a dutiful rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” as images of the late icon appeared behind her.
Madonna then welcomed Stevie Wonder to the stage, where he joined her in an emotional performance of “Purple Rain.” It was a fitting way to honor Prince’s legacy — an understated, respectful ode to an artist that defied categorization and genre, and impacted music in such an enormous way.
Watch Madonna and Stevie Wonder pay tribute to Prince in the video above.
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