BET barely let the dust settle from Madonna’s tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards before ruthlessly shading her in a tweet and promising a better homage to the recently passed legend. As we learned from her recent performance in XXX, Madge doesn’t take disrespect lying down. She responded to the network with an Instagram post that should be read as a “Who the hell are you?” to all within its reach.
In the post, Madonna flaunts her connection to the late icon by showing off a “jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET.”
While it’s fair to say that Madonna’s performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” fell a little flat with some viewers. the pop singer was fighting an uphill battle. Trying to do justice to Prince is a fool’s game as it is but when you factor in the idea that petitions were started to remove Madonna from the tribute as soon as it was announced, there’s simply no way that the Rebel Heart singer could have won.
Consider this post a snarky, little victory for Madonna, pointing out that Prince was her friend and flexing her very genuine reasons for sharing the stage with Questlove and Stevie Wonder.