Twitter feuds are commonplace in the year 2016, but this is a first: Immediately following Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s Prince tribute at last night’s Billboard Awards, the BET Awards posted a Twitter video advertising its own tribute to the Purple One. In the process, BET threw some not so subtle shade at Billboard, writing, “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t Worry. We Got You.”
For what it’s worth, Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s performance was generally well received across the Internet. Nevertheless, Questlove felt compelled to defend it, tweeting, “Let’s not get ugly w playing the ‘Prince would and wouldn’t approve’ game.” He added, “Every Prince rendition will not be a life changing orgasmic xperience. Just to SING his work is brave enough. Again feeling are on high … And EVERYBODY wants and deserves a chance to say goodbye in their own way. But remember: there will be AMAs, SoulTrain, NAACP, mtv, GRAMMYS.”
And the BET Awards, too.
Revisit Madonna and Wonder’s Prince tribute below: