Madonna answers critics of her Prince tribute at Billboard music awards

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Madonna has come to her own defence after her much-criticised tribute to Prince at the Billboard music awards on 22 May. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or skin colour is entitled to celebrate the late musician, the singer wrote on Instagram.

Madonna performed Nothing Compares 2 U and a duet with Stevie Wonder of Purple Rain. Her interpretation of the late artists music was met with disdain in some circles. Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to, Madonna posted the following day on Instagram. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.

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