Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A bittersweet Happy Birthday to Prince, BET Awards plans to drop mic (Video)

Prince Rogers Nelson, his Royal Purpleness, would have been 58 today, June 7, 2016.

In other news about the late, great megastar who died this April, BET Network has promised to deliver "the greatest Prince tribute ever" at its 2016 BET Awards. The list of tribute performers includes Sheila E., Janelle Monae, and D'Angelo, performers who feel more for the legend than mere admiration.

This is not the first time BET has paid tribute to Prince. The network honored him in 2010 with a lifetime achievement awards, but then he was there to enjoy the appreciation. They gave him his flowers while he lived.

Janelle Monae's Prince tribute from 2010's BET Awards.

This year, on Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m. central, the black network intends to honor Prince's memory, make Purple Hippies everywhere happy, and drop the mic at Madonna whose lackluster performance of Purple Rain at this year's Billboard Music Awards made Prince fans holler "Foul!" The material girl let all who adore Prince wondering, "Where is the love, Madonna? Where is the love?"

Nonetheless, BET appears to be offering an olive branch to Roots drummer, Questlove, who produced and promoted Madonna's segment of the BMAs (and later blamed the critical fallout on fans' grief).

Madonna may defend her ego-tripping performance, but -- well -- she failed because her appearance seemed more about her than Prince and more about Billboard's desire to pander to its demographic than to choosing just the right performer for its so-called "tribute." Honest people will admit that just as for Dreamgirls Beyonce didn't land the role of Effie because have the voice for "And I am Telling You," Madonna does not have the chops for "Purple Rain."

However, why sneer at Madonna? The true culprits are the Billboard Music Awards producers who selected her. I cut them a centimeter of slack only for choosing Stevie Wonder to participate.

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