Watch Madonna & Stevie Wonder Cover Prince At The Billboard Music Awards

Madonna paid tribute to her friend and collaborator Prince to close out tonight’s Billboard Music Awards. Questlove introduced the singer, who made her entrance on a huge purple throne and proceeded to perform a somber rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Stevie Wonder then joined her on stage to sing “Purple Rain.” Watch the performance below.

UPDATE: As expected there were plenty of gripes on social media about the performance, including this shady tweet from BET (who will stage a Prince tribute at their awards next month)…

Questlove has chimed in to defend the Madonna performance and these tributes in general.

UPDATE 2: Madonna responds to the criticism.