The pop icon’s musical performance in memory of Prince was one of the awards show’s stand-out moments, during which she appeared in an outfit inspired by the ‘Purple Rain’ singer and appeared with Stevie Wonder.
However, not everyone was taken with the heartfelt performance, with many critics posting on Twitter that she wasn’t a worthy choice for a Prince tribute, and others suggesting her take on ‘Purple Rain’ exposed her vocals as less than impressive.
The BET Awards later threw shade at Madonna’s performance and, referencing to their own upcoming Prince tribute, wrote: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You.”
Fortunately, it doesn’t look as though Madonna is letting the criticism get her down, posting a string of defiant comments on her Instagram page.
Alluding to the negative comments, Madonna wrote: “Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!!”
The lukewarm reaction to her performance mirrors a similar backlash Lady Gaga faced back in February, when she performed a medley of David Bowie songs at the Grammys.
Madonna and Prince worked together in 1989 on the album track, ‘Love Song’, while he also appears uncredited as a guitarist on her signature song, ‘Like A Prayer’.
More than a decade later, she used a selection of lyrics from ‘Love Song’ on her chart-topping single, ‘Hung Up’.
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