8,000 People Have Petitioned Against Billboard’s Choice Of Madonna For A Prince Tribute
Since Prince’s death nearly a month ago on April 21, there have been a number of tributes to him by way of songs, covers, concert performances, and more. Artists celebrating His Royal Badness have ranged from D’Angelo to Stevie Wonder, Fantasia to The Game, Justin Timberlake to Paul McCartney. However, arguably the highest profile celebration of Prince to date will come in the form of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards tribute, and the artist selected to pay homage to the man and his music has caused quite a bit of controversy.
For the last several days, promos for the live telecast have advertised that Madonna will be honoring the fallen star in a moment that is not to be missed. Although Madonna and Prince were friends during the time they dominated the charts in the 80s, and even collaborated together on Madonna’s “Love Song,” the backlash has been palpable. In fact, a petition was launched in protest of her being the sole or main performer in the tribute, and it has garnered over 8,000 signatures on change.org.
Despite Madonna’s unquestionable status as a legend in music, and her direct connection to Prince’s work, there are several others who fit that description, including Beyonce, Chaka Kahn and many of the artists listed above, to name a few. Below are some of the more prominent covers of his music, in recent times:
Prince & Beyonce – “Purple Rain”