I just wasted three hours of my life watching the BBMAS anxiously awaiting the tribute to Prince. So here's the thing. I have a bias, because I live for music but have never been pleased by how African American artists are underrepresented in award shows. Of course the only exception would be BET of course. So I willingly jeopardized my principals and watched the show because I'm like maybe, just maybe Madonna can pull this off.
Here's where my imagination expected the tribute to go. She'd come out in some fly purple suit (check), she'd maybe sing the most poppy of Prince tunes ( When Doves Cry or Raspberry Beret), doves would literally be released from her magical corset, and it would be a fantastic show. She would even impress us, with pulling Patty LaBelle from the audience and she'd give an a capella rendition of purple rain that would have the audience reaching to the Heavens and making the stank face simultaneously.
FRIENDS, this didn't happen.
Madonna sang, a song written by Prince for Sinead O' Connor, "Nothing Compares to You" and they seemingly grabbed brother Stevie Wonder from the audience and asked the man, "Hey, you know Purple Rain" right? Could you sing this with Madonna so we won't look like we called any legends other than her for this!?!? "
It was awful. And I'm being nice right now. How could an organization of people who literally quanitfy music and their sales not craft a more comprehensive tribute to Prince? I can come up with at least 6 different variations that would have worked better than what I saw. Hopefully as the award season continues they can do better at calling people who actually can SING, or at the very least entertain to move the millions of Prince fans mourning the lost of the most fabulous of legends.