While many of the event’s A-list guests could be seen dancing and singing along at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans on social media gave mixed responses.
Madonna was clad in a lavender paisley suit for the tribute, and gave her take on hits including ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’,
She was also joined on stage by Stevie Wonder for ‘Purple Rain’, however, that wasn’t enough to win viewers over:
The ‘Living For Love’ singer kept details of her performance under wraps in the run-up to the big night, though she did take to Twitter twice to pay tribute to Prince, who she counted as a friend and former collaborator.
The two music stars joined forces back in 1989, creating ‘Love Song’ at Prince’s Paisley Park recording studio.
Prince had a long history with the Billboard Music Awards, and received their Icon Awards just three years ago.
See Madonna's performance of 'Nothing Compares 2 U', and more photographs from the night, below...