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Questlove Defends Madonna's Prince Tribute At BBMAs

Drummer helped engineer the performance.

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The Madonna-led Prince tribute at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards was met with mixed reviews, even from other television networks.

But Questlove, who helped both engineer and introduce the Stevie Wonder-assisted performance, defended the act in a series of 12 tweets:

"[B]ecause of P's well known love for the poof vanishing act[,] a lot of us are left feeling incomplete in the act of saying goodbye. For starters[,] it's hard to accept him no longer being here. [And] in the upcoming award season for '17 there will be a gang of tributes. 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 w[ith] the fact that Prince—(an on-the-surface) face of health & invincible agelessness—subcomb [sic] to something so....friggin basic. So w[ith] mourning will come sadness & anger. 1st week I cried. 2nd week I tried to atone for his sins w[ith] gettin 8-10 hrs of sleep he didn't get. Now anger is in the air w[ith] who (in our eyes) is allowed to mourn & how they are allowed to mourn. None of us were prepared for his death. 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[,] every Prince rendition will not be a life changing orgasmic [e]xperience. Just to SING his work is brave enough. Again feeling[s] are on high and EVERYBODY wants and deserves a chance to say goodbye in their own way. But remember: there will be AMAs, SoulTrain, NAACP, mtv, GRAMMYS and a gazillion other tributes. But the point is[,] let's not get ugly w[ith] playing the "Prince would and wouldn't approve" game. It's hard editing and ranting and running in airport. I didn't realize my gate bout to close. Don't wanna get fired in the name of Prince. May We All Live 2 See The Dawn."

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