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Billboard Music Awards 2016: Madonna, Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute to Prince

by Kareen Liez Datoy   May 23, 2016 09:06 AM EDT

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Madonna and Stevie Wonder performed a touching tribute for music icon Prince during the Billboard Music Awards 2016 on Sunday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Wearing a sparkly, paisley-print baroque-inspired purple suit featuring a ruffled blouse and cane, Madonna sang the Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" while sitting on a purple throne.

Then she started belting out "Nothing Compares 2 U" while the words HOPE and BROTHER were shown on the big screen with music played by a full orchestra, The Guardian reported.

The tribute was more touching since Madonna's performance was merely "accompanied by a string quartet, two keyboardists, two singers, and a vaguely trap drum machine," Billboard wrote. The "Like a Virgin" singer was in tears by the end of the song's first verse.

Photos of Prince were also shown in a slide show as Wonder joined Madonna for a duet of "Purple Rain" which ended their heartwarming performance.

Prior to Madonna and Stevie Wonder's tribute, DJ and musician Questlove of The Roots took the stage and said a few words about Prince before introducing the "Material Girl" singer.

"On April 21, we lost Prince. I say 'we' because it affects us all and no matter what kind of music we make, no matter how long we made it, our race, our creed, our sexual orientation, all of us live in the land of music and his departure from it was an earthquake...," Questlove said according to Us Magazine.

"I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Nelson Rogers. It can be a moment of silence here in the air, but inside our heads, it should be anything but silence."

Aside from Madonna, other artists performing at the Billboard Awards included Celine Dion, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

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