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Madonna Tributes Prince With Billboard Awards Performance

05/23/2016
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(Radio.com) Madonna brought the crowd to their feet at the Billboard Music Awards with a rendition of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U." Clad in a purple suit, the pop queen performed before the words "BROTHER" and funereal images.

In a smooth transition to "Purple Rain," Stevie Wonder came onstage to join her as purple wristbands lit the Las Vegas arena. The tribute turned a cappella while fans clapped reverentially.

"Every time we hear a really great guitar solo, we're gonna remember," said Questlove in his introduction, leading the audience in a moment of silence. "I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rodgers Nelson."

Madonna and Prince (who were rumored to have briefly dated) collaborated on her Like a Prayer on the track "Love Song." Before a worldwide audience in the millions, Madonna's performance was a fitting tribute to her old friend and collaborator. Read more here.

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