Las Vegas, NV – Madonna took to the stage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards last night (May 22) for a tribute to Prince, singing a version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It would seem that many Prince fans would agree with the sentiment of the song when it comes to Madonna channeling the late singer’s performance.

The 57-year-old pop star also teamed up with Stevie Wonder to cover “Purple Rain,” ending the awards ceremony with the crowd inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena singing along and waving purple lights. She closed by thanking “Prince Rogers Nelson” for everything.

As two of the biggest pop stars of the last 30 years, Prince and Madonna’s paths crossed many times. They dated briefly in 1985, had on-and-off again public spats, and collaborated on “Love Song” for her 1989 album Like A Prayer.

Even before the awards, some Prince devotees were against her performing the tribute, with a petition on Change.org amassing almost 9,000 signatures.

During and after the performance, many critics on Twitter went in.

Even BET threw shade at the performance, while promoting its own tribute to The Purple One at the upcoming June 26 BET Awards, with a video that said, “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You.” The post has more than 10,000 retweets.

https://twitter.com/BET/status/734584199546589184

Not everyone hated it though. Many fans praised the performance for its emotional rawness and credited Madonna for keeping the tribute centered around Prince and not Madonna herself.

The Roots’ Questlove was one of the more prominent voices defending Madonna, and he also introduced the tribute with a touching speech and a moment of silence.

“On April 21st, we lost Prince. I say ‘we,’ because it affects us all, and no matter what kind of music we make, no matter how long we have made it, no matter our race, our color, our creed, our sexual orientation, all of us live in the land of music. And his departure from it was an earthquake,” Questlove said. “But his departure leaves behind so much work still to do. And we can follow the trails he blazed. We can follow his example. We can be fierce. We can be uncompromising. We can be experimental. We can also listen to all of those songs that he left for us. He was very, very generous in that regard. And as we move forward, we will encounter, every single day, more reasons to remember him.”