MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016 |
Posted by: Jacob Swindell-Sakoor
Last night at the Billboard Music Awards Madonna performed a tribute to Prince with the iconic "Lets Go Crazy", "Nothing Compares 2 U", and "Purple Rain". The entirety of the performance was somewhat dull as Madonna didn't bring much energy to any of the songs. For Madonna to make such classic songs into a watching the paint dry experience is beyond me, what should've been a rollercoaster of a tribute performance, felt more like a shopping experience at The Home Depot.
Madonna began the performance by playing the opening lines of "Let's Go Crazy" which set the bar high as the song is one of Prince's most well-known works. Instead of going into what surely would've been a crowd pleaser, Madonna delivered a somber and dull performance of "Nothing Compares 2 U." I know that Sinead O'Connor and Prince despised each other, but she surely would've given the audience a more emotional version of the song. After dragging on the performance for about three minutes, Madonna finally brought out Stevie Wonder and the duo sang the chorus of Purple Rain multiple times. It appeared that the audience loved it, or pretended to for the sake of live television, but those of us at home could only imagine Prince's expression if he was here to witness the tribute
Since the performance, there's been a slew of reactions from Questlove to BET trolling Madonna and the Billboard Music Awards. Most of the online reactions have been negative although Questlove is standing by the performance by saying "Every Prince rendition will not be a life changing orgasmic experience. Just to SING his work is brave enough."
Ultimately, Prince's legacy will be difficult to live up to for those that will pay tribute to him. Both his art and his personality were truly dynamic and we've heard this cliche since he passed, but the fact remains that there was only one Prince Rogers Nelson. Whether or not it's best to leave Prince's legacy alone and just let it live, is still up for debate since a will wasn't left behind. For those reading, don't be surprised if in the coming weeks and months there are more tributes that cant quite live up to The Purple Ones intricate and beautifully eccentric legacy.
Watch the videos below to see Madonnas Billboard Awards tribute and a classic Prince performance from his Purple Rain tour: