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BET Plans to Upstage Madonna’s Prince Tribute With Sheila E., the Roots, D’Angelo, and Janelle Monáe

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After taking cheap shots at Madonna’s Prince tribute at the Billboard Music Awards moments after it aired, BET has finally revealed how it plans to do better. The network announced today — Prince’s birthday — that the BET Awards’ big Prince tribute will officially include Sheila E., the Roots, D’Angelo, Janelle Monáe, and more. Madonna not a close enough confidant to the Purple One to honor his life? How about a longtime collaborator and one-time fiancée (Sheila E.), someone who witnessed Prince’s final show (Janelle Monáe), the man who introduced said panned Madonna performance and then spent several tweets defending it (Questlove), and another who already delivered one of the best Prince tributes to date (D’Angelo)? Your move, Madonna.

BET Prince Tribute: Sheila E., Roots, D’Angelo