Friday, June 21, 2024

Fail: Billboard Awards Choose Madonna Instead of Real Prince Artists for TV Tribute


The Billboard Music Awards– contrived in recent years — have done something really crazy. They’ve chosen Madonna to perform a tribute to Prince tonight on TV instead of real artists associated with Prince like Sheila E., The Time, Chaka Khan, Judith Hill, etc.

Why Madonna? She never covered a Prince song, and probably hadn’t seen him in 20 years. Is it because of Michael Jackson, Prince and herself, she’s the only one who’s still alive?

On top of this, songwriter Linda Perry, who slagged off Diane Warren and Lady Gaga early in the Oscar season, appeared on “The Talk” and said all those real Prince artists weren’t relevant anymore.

Good grief. So Prince will get a very white tribute from someone who had nothing to do with him. It’s like having Celine Dion salute James Brown.

Here’s Sheila E.’s response. Sheila Escovedo (who by the way is the biological aunt of Nicole Richie) had a massive hit called “The Glamorous Life,” written with Prince. They toured together for years and were close friends.

And the Billboard awards are remiss in not having Chaka Khan perform “I Feel for You” or the Bangles sing “Manic Monday.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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