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BET and Twitter side-eye Madonna’s BBMA Prince tribute

pop star receives backlash for performance

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(Screenshot via Twitter)

(Screenshot via Twitter)

Madonna closed the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday with a tribute to Prince that many, including network BET, thought fell flat.

The pop star sang a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and was joined by Stevie Wonder for a duet of “Purple Rain.” Pictures of Prince were displayed on a screen behind her and the arena was lit up with purple lights. However, the tribute wasn’t enough for everyone.

After the performance, the BET Awards Twitter account expressed its condolences to fans by posting a video advertising its own Prince tribute.

“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You,” the video reads.

BET seemed to echo the sentiments of other fans on Twitter.

“The #BBMAs Prince tribute is a joke. You don’t have Sheila E or the surviving members of The Revolution on there? Child, boo!” one fan tweeted. 

“They told me #Madonna’s vocal tribute to #Prince @BBMAs was sang entirely in the key of u flat. I’m glad I didn’t watch,” another fan tweeted. 

Questlove, who introduced Madonna’s performance, took to Twitter to defend the tribute.

“For starters it’s hard to accept him no longer being here. & in the upcoming award season for ’17 there will be a gang of tributes,” Questlove tweeted. “Naturally there will be folded arms & shade thrown because the Purple Standard is hard boots to fill & a lot of us don’t wanna come 2 grips.”

“So I know there is gonna be ALOT of ‘feel a certain ways’ about who you want to see do his music justice—but you gotta put that aside yall,” Questlove continued. “Every Prince rendition will not be a life changing orgasmic xperience. Just to SING his work is brave enough. Again feeling are on high.”

Details and performers for the BET Awards’ Prince tribute have not yet been released. The BET Awards air Sunday, June 26.

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday

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Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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