In 2016, singer-songwriter Linda Perry – famous for songs like Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Beautiful,’ P!nk‘s ‘Get the Party Started,’ and more – got drama started when she took to press to say Sheila E. was ‘not relevant’ enough to tribute Prince at the Billboard Music Awards in place of Madonna.
Fast forward to 2020, another performer is echoing Perry’s sentiment – Apollonia Kotero.
Kotero, one of the Purple One’s most memorable female protegés, took to social media ahead of the GRAMMY’s recent CBS salute to the Pop icon to call out Sheila for milking his legacy for attention. She even had a few choice words for the event’s organizers for not inviting his band, The Revolution, to participate in the tribute.
Did you miss her stinging set of posts? See them inside:
Kotero took to Facebook (April 17) to say she believes Prince was killed and that Sheila E. is capitalizing from his death:
“You [Sheila E.] are so desperate to be RELEVANT as the brilliant Linda Perry said. Prince refused to acknowledge you for 5 years before his death because of your lies. Your charity funds went where? Where are the music schools $$?? I was there helping you raise funds. I had your best interest at heart but later found out , the money went into your dirty pocket$. I was crestfallen. Prince scolded me! He knew better. You can’t continue to fool our Prince fans any longer. Because I AM here to tell you, it’s over. Time for the truth. My memoirs will reveal all that Prince revealed to me. Painful for me because I was your friend. I helped you raise $$$ My wealthy friends asked me : Where are the music schools?$!? None exist! FKN tragic because I believed you. Prince was so angry because of all your continuous lies. Your bio filled with lies. He sent you legal letters as you were slandering him. I have copies and will include them in my memoirs. You need to stop using Prince in death. You need to stop using Purple Rain ☔️ as a vehicle. YOU ARE NOT ON OUR CAST LIST. Prince outed you. Prince called you HeSHe. At first I thought this was not nice. But I listened to him. I listened to all of his complaints and even then , I did not want to be in between you both. It was painful for me because I loved you both. But once he was killed , you exposed your true self. It broke my heart. He was right all along. Why would you do a Purple Rain boat cruise tour $?$? in 2016? Why would you sell Prince logo tshirts $$$ ? Why did you tell The Revolution April 2016 that YOU knew how Prince died BUT you could not tell them!?! Please get over yourself: YOU ARE NOT PRINCE. You will never be. You can copy his attire , try your best, but you will NEVER be Prince ? So get over yourself sad self and face the truth. He did not want anything to do with you for 5 years. You erased all that history by being your desperate egotistical self . Egotistical empty sad desperate for money. Money will not get you to Heaven. Time to come out and tell the truth. God forgives??”
The post was triggered by E. taking to Billboard to announce the release of her new single, ‘Lemon Cake,’ in honor of Prince. Kotero later followed with another post referencing ‘Lemon Cake’ when she commemorated the fourth anniversary of Purple One’s death.
She also slammed the Recording Academy for not inviting The Revolution to perform at his tribute special.
Click here to watch the performances from the CBS television event “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince.”