Billboard Awards Producer Defends Madonna’s Prince Tribute

Published: Thursday 19th May 2016 by Rashad
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Prince fans who can’t exactly get into the groove with Queen of Pop Madonna tributing her fellow music royal at this year’s Billboard Music Awards will be sorely disappointed to learn she’s still being billed as the show’s most highly anticipated feature.

According to Mark Bracco, the ceremony’s executive producer, the show will continue as planned despite a viral petition calling for Madge’s removal from any tribute to the fallen icon.  Their efforts, Bracco suggests, were noticed…but disregarded.

Get his official statements below:


“Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,” Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

“It’s going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it’s something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,” he said. – source

Airing Sunday, May 22, the Billboard Music Awards will include Madonna’s tribute to Prince (as scheduled) and performances from Rihanna, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, P!nk, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and so many more.

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  1. Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

    Leave Madonna alone. I’m sure she’ll do my baby justice

    • Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? May 19, 2016

      H** shut up.

    • HailBeysus May 19, 2016

      Kiii You’re so fake! You never once typed or mentioned Prince’s name until is death! Before that it was always “Come on Ci-Squad!” but ever since the Hive started dragging y’all iy turned into “I don’t just stan Ci” than evolved into “I don’t stan Ciara. I stan for Legends like MJ, Whitney and Prince.” ???!!! Molly teases EVERYWHERE!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

        Please stop embarrassing yourself. Go back and check my receipts. I have stanned for the legends before now take a hike

      • Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

        Prince and Madonna dated each other. He helped her write “Like A Prayer”. They were friends. She knew Prince way better than you nobodies on here did

      • HailBeysus May 19, 2016

        Kiii bitxh the only person that’s EMBARRASSING themselves is you with your ‘I got Friends in the Music Industry’ ‘I know Tyka’s personal hair dresser’ ‘Beyoncé is blacklisted’ ‘None of her tour dates are soldout’ lmfaoooo!!! You were 100% Trans when you first arrived to TGJ in Feb stanning hard for Mrs Man. Now you’re giving us Caitlyn Jenner tease’s. Contemplating whether you nade the right decision or not ?????!!!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

        Stop deflecting and losing. You said I never mentioned Prince before he died but I did. Don’t you feel stupid? Now take your tired, stupid and confused a## somewhere and have a seat

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Lmfao nice try bitxh! But where was yhe deflection? Bottom line is you stan Cheatanna and never ONCE mentioned Prince until after his death! Prove us wrong fake lying ass bitxh! Post a receipt of you mentioning and stanning Prince befoe his death! Shouldn’t take you too long! You’ve only been spilling all your lies on TGJ since February ????!!

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Oop ment to say you stan Mrs Man kiii!!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        You go find the receipts of me stanning for Prince and then wipe the eggs off your face. OAN, find me the receipts of me saying that I knew Tyka’s personal hairdresser. Lol! You’re so dumb it’s not even funny

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        DEATH!!! Of course, it’s always the same shít with these basic bum bitxhes on this site when they’ve been clocked! “You go find the receipts!” ????!!! Got your lying ass shook huh! You indeed never stanned for Prince which is why you can’t provide a receipt. I don’t need to provide shít I ain’t the mothafucka thats compulsively lying on this site LOL!! You indeed insisted you knew Tyka or at least someone that knew Tyka’s “personal hair dresser”. ?! Must be that SOMEONE that had all your connects in the “Music Industry” because clearly Bey is being black listed and struggling to sell an album and stadiums!! Hahahaha get these lashings and eggs bitxh! Im just getting started with yoir T***** stanning ass!! ??????????

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        You find all the other receipts of me. Why you can’t find this one? Just admit it, you’re stupid and don’t know what you’re talking about. The more you open your mouth the stupider you become

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Yawn! Still won’t provide receipts ????!!! You’re basic and a liar stop trying to act like what I speak isn’t truth on your compulsive lying ass on this blog!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        Hailbeysus, give it up! You’ve been clocked! I mentioned Prince on here before he died and I never said I knew Tyka’s personal hairdresser. Now since you came to me with these confused allegations you find the receipts

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        Now, find these receipts. Until then, I will continue to ignore your stupid behind. Now I know why you Stan for Beyawnce. You’re both dumb as a bunch rocks

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Lmfao!!! I’ve been clocked bish where??? You have yet to.provide a receipt of you saying you stan for prince post his death! Not the ‘I’ll be ignoring your comments until you post receipts’ SCREAMING!!! You’ll ignore them because you’ve been clocked! You lied about Bey being blacklisted, you lied about her struggling to sell out her stadiums, you lied about ‘STANNING’ for legends! Now your back peddling saying You never said you had connects Tyka???? DEATH!!!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        You came with these allegations. Now back it up. If you’re going to put something out there back it up. You can’t back it up because you know you’re a lieing dummy. Poor thing

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Honey Ive been calling you out on your bullshít all week! You’ve been desperately trying to avoid me. Nobody on this site believes you stan for MJ, Whitney or Prince! You only used them to go up against Bey. I don’t need ti post receipts, you do! You’re the one desperately trying to prove your a Prince stan kiii!! But we all know you’re as fake as Cici’s Vag lmfao!!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        You’ve been calling me out all week? Sorry, I didn’t notice! Ha! Ha! OAN, where’s the receipts? Put up or shut up!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        I’ve been desperately trying to avoid you all week? Oh the delusion! Sweetie, believe me, you are the last person I think about when I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Oh you’ve noticed. Your ass has been dragging yourself into my reply sections buy when i post about your lies…. no reply. You become MIA! Now where are them receipts hóè????

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        Hailbeysus, I suggest you find something more productive to do with your time becausethis site is making you delusional and mentally ill Instead of admitting that you lied and taking your L, you’re going to run yourself ragged trying to prove something. Give it up. You’re making a fool out of yourself

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Kiii still no receipts I see ???!!!

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        You’re the one who has to prove your allegations, boo boo. You came to me with this rant you should at least find the receipts to back it up. Otherwise you’re looking like a dummy

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Still no receipts??? ????

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        Yeah, you still have no receipts. That sucks, doesn’t it?

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Mess! I get some sleep and CinnaRacists still has no receipts #PoorDat #Clocked #LOL

      • Cinnamon Girl May 20, 2016

        I’m still tripping off of you claiming that I knew Tyka’s personal hairdresser! Teehee

      • HailBeysus May 20, 2016

        Kiii and you still havent provided receipts lmfao!! #poordar

      • Cinnamon Girl May 21, 2016

        Tyka’s personal hairdresser?; lol!

      • HailBeysus May 21, 2016

        Still no receipts poor dat! Must be embarrassing being clocked and dragged on a daily kiii!!!

  2. Jay_Scorpio_Navy_2005 May 19, 2016

    I see absolutely no reason why Madge should not be the one to tribute Prince. It just makes perfect sense and I know she will slay this tribute because everyone seems to think she is not worthy.

    Madonna can be very classy when she wants to be and this tribute will be just that!

  3. King Mark111 /.\ May 19, 2016

    She have beef with people for decades and as soon as the die, here she comes. She’s just an attention w****. I will say that Prince is the type of artist that not many can do what he did, but A Keys, Bruno Mars and a few mixed girls would had pulled it off.

  4. King Mark111 /.\ May 19, 2016

    Just don’t tune in. I’ll catch Rihanna on the internet.

  5. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? May 19, 2016

    I’m not watching so I don’t care, I’m just sick of seeing this old h**, she annoys the hell out of me. Chaka Khan would have been a better pick.

  6. Lava Unicorn May 19, 2016

    There were only 3 names big in the 80’s. 2 are dead (MJ and Prince). Who else would u rather see tribute him???

    • King Mark111 /.\ May 19, 2016

      Yea cause Janet, Tina and Whitney were mutes. Shut up!

    • JOHNVIDAL May 20, 2016

      Only 3 big names??? LMAO Yeah as if NOW we have more than then, right? You people are so ridiculous.

  7. Keri Qween May 19, 2016

    Ill never forget that fake ass speech she did when Michael died. He didn’t even like her.and the old h** shaded Janet back in the day. We didn’t forget that Granny!

    They just want to draw viewers in with big names but there are plenty of more talented that could have done the tribute

  8. Rihboy May 19, 2016

    You know they cannot commence any high caliber award show without the head witch/soul sucker to perform her ritualistic performances. There are so many other better suited artist they could have chosen.

  9. kwinzy May 19, 2016

    I expect nothing less than mediocre and a medley of Prince’s most Top 40 pop hits. Face it, Madge doesn’t have the pipes to croon soul ballads like Adore & Nothing Compares 2 U or hell Purple Rain. Name me ONE Madonna song where her vocals are edgy & gritty? Not trying to take away from her legendry but heaux, pls stay in ya lane!

  10. F May 19, 2016

    I’m shocked by the hate some of you have towards Madonna, she’s not my fave, but I respect her so much, most of the female performers we love wouldn’t exist or be the same if she didn’t pave the way for them

  11. kwinzy May 19, 2016

    Plus if Billboard really cared, they’d have a various artists do a tribute to represent just how eclectic a musician he was. Madge could do Top 40 pop, while Chaka/Stevie does mid-temp soul ballads, Miguel do the gritty funk/rock stuff, etc. But no, the payola was too much I guess…

  12. Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

    Some of you dummies on here need to get a grip. There’s lots of award shows to honor Prince

  13. Lake Erie May 19, 2016

    Smh, this is all the radio stations were talking about today. People calling in expressing how much they don’t want to see her tribute Prince. I’m tuning in either way, but I’d rather see someone else tribute him too…. I wonder if they were even on speaking ” cool cool” terms before he passed.

  14. Stephon Jackson May 19, 2016

    I don’t see the problem. Madonna’s pop royalty. She’s the Queen of Pop. And, the most successful female act in history. Prince summoned her to his house & played a “private” concert for the Material Legend. So, I don’t see the problem. They grew older & more maturer (well at-least Prince did), and got over all their petty beef from the stone age. Madonna can’t sing worth a damn, never could… But, she’s bigger than a voice. She’s a brilliant visually creative artist. That can emote spine-chilling emotion(s) thru body language/movements, dance & a massive production like no other artist in history. I’m sure this will be a heartfelt but still a very entertaining performance. And, she ain’t worried about nothing. Granny has NEVER cared what people thought about her, negatively or positively tbh….
    PS: I don’t think Granny’s speech at the MTV Awards about MJ was pretentious or fake. Everything she spoke was the truth. She was one of the very few powerful celebs that defended MJ thru his trails & tribulations. He was a KING, a rarity & will live on forever. That speech was sincere. You can tell M truly not only loved Jackson but admired/respected him. But, I don’t blame people for not liking M, after all… She is a high priest Kabbalah witch. I understand her tho. RIP Prince.

    • Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

      I agree but Prince and Madonna never had beef. They dated before and he helped her write *Like A Prayer”. They’ve always been friends that’s why these dummies need to have a seat. Madonna knew Prince. These dummies didn’t

      • Stephon Jackson May 19, 2016

        TBH! I don’t even think they had real beef. Probably two ego sized entertainers having friendly petty shade fights. The media ALWAYS turns small things into such a massive catastrophe.
        And, I know he pitched in creatively on her “Like A Prayer” LP. Madonna & Princess respected each other at the end of the day, I get it. Just like with people thinking Princess hated Michelle. He was just pocking fun at him, but nothing too serious. I never thought there was any mean maliciousness behind Prince’s shade. He just kept it real, kept it funky, kept it shady & kept it movin’. He wasn’t worried about it, at all!
        In the end, Prince paid tribute to Jackson in 2009 & 2010. During his concerts. That man didn’t have “hate” in his heart! Just a shady genius, that’s all. Prince would even delete/banned commentators from his online blog back in the day for speaking ill of Jackson. I rarely believe what the media feeds the masses, day in & day out.
        Anyways, RIP.

  15. Cinnamon Girl May 19, 2016

    True. After Michael died Prince always had something good to say about him

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  17. RihNavy May 20, 2016

    Stephon stfu. OMG. You and these long ass essays. Pls

  18. Thando May 20, 2016

    Madonna is probably the single artist who receives an enormous amount of hatred from people who don’t know her purely because of her age and s**. The sexism is disgusting, the ageism is not (all Americans oddly think a woman should not age, which is weird). I don’t think I’ve ever heard old solo male performers being criticized because of their age. Ageism and hatred for people with vaginas is sadly a very old, lazy and quite frankly very American habit. That country is just obsessed with youth in a way that other countries aren’t. That’s why they cut, pull, and deform themselves so much. MJ himself died looking like a plastic surgeon’s worst nightmare.
    However for all this, she always seems to be completely unbothered by any of it. I guess its difficult to care what people say when you know they know you’re the most successful solo female artist in the history of performance music. And out off all records in the industry, I don’t see hers being broken by anyone. Its literally statistically unlikely that anyone else will assemble 300 million records, a deeply artistic catalogue, $1 billion+ tour history. And when she goes on tour for the last time, I dare say she might just beat U2’s 360 World Tour or even a billion is likely. I honestly don’t know why she agreed to this to begin with because I thought she’d stopped doing interviews and awards shows a long time ago. She doesn’t need it at all. I actually think she’s more that Pop itself. Which is something very few people (less than 5) can say.

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