Madonna Defends Prince Tribute, Sends Message to Critics

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Madonna would like to apologize to anyone who has an issue with her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

She understands your criticism and she didn't mean to offend you and she knows she did not do the late musician proud and...

Madonna Honors Prince

... JUST KIDDING!

Does that sound remotely like Madonna to you?

Just hours after The Material Girl sang a version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and then joined Steve Wonder for a duet of "Purple Rain," BET called out Madonna for what that network deemed to be a terrible performance.

Hyping its own Prince tribute at the BET Awards on June 16, this is what the network Tweeted:

BET Awards Diss Madonna

See the message on the bottom?

Pretty harsh, huh?

Even before Madonna took to the Billboard Music Awards stage, a change.org petition compiled over 8,000 signatures, urging almost any big name aside from this legendary artist to honor Prince, who died on April 21 at the age of 57.

This, despite the fact that Madonna collaborated with Prince back in 1989 and even once dated the superstar.

What does Madonna have to say to these critics?

“Deal with it,” she wrote last night on Instagram alongside a photo of her decked in an all-purple getup.

Several hours later, she returned to elaborate via a second post:

“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!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.”

Sounds pretty reasonable, doesn't it?

With so many awards shows on the docket, we can expect an endless number of Prince-themed performances over the next few months.

Instead of criticizing the ones you don't like, let's all use them as an opportunity to remember the reason why they exist in the first place:

Prince is dead. Prince is an icon. And Prince deserves to be honored in as many ways as Hollywood can honor him.

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