The Billboard Music Awards announced that Madonna will pay tribute to the late Prince at the event on May 22.
Is Madonna the right person to offer Prince tribute? Or was she a bad choice?
Some people were thrilled by the news. Madonna is perhaps the only music star who could match Prince in terms of longevity, controversy, singularity and worldwide fame. The two did collaborate on a song in the '90s and were reportedly friends.
Others are extremely unhappy with the choice. Prince was a virtuoso and one of the greatest musicians in rock history; Madonna is famous for many things, but her musical chops are not one of them. Critics argue a Prince protégé like Janelle Monae would've been a better selection, and that it should be a Black musician paying tribute to Prince.