BET announced their highly anticipated Prince tribute on what would have been his 58th birthday and Sheila E, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae and The Roots are among the lineup of entertainers who will pay homage to the late legend on June 26.
This tribute comes after Madonna’s controversial performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain” at the Billboard Awards. Not even Stevie Wonder and Questlove could save the doomed from the start of production.
BET shaded Billboard when they tweeted, “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”
Now it’s time to put their money where their mouth is and it looks like they’re off to a great start. Janelle was one of Prince’s favorite artists. We can’t wait to see how it all go down.
In other BET news, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson were tapped to host the show for the second year in a row.
19 Surprising Facts About Prince
1. Prince wrote his first song at age 7. He titled it “Funk Machine.”1 of 19
2. Prince once sued Adobe Photoshop to prevent fans from altering his photos. Unfortunately, he lost.2 of 19
3. Prince’s favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice.3 of 19
4. The “Purple Rain” soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one on Billboard.4 of 19
5. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was supposed to be a duet with Prince.5 of 19
6. Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.6 of 19
7. In 1980, when John Lennon was murdered, Prince was only a few blocks away.7 of 19
8. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks was supposed to write “Purple Rain,” but couldn’t handle the pressure.8 of 19
9. Family and friends called Prince “Skipper” as a kid.9 of 19
10. In 1984, Prince not only had the number one movie in the country, but also the number one single & album.10 of 19
11. Despite his small stature, Prince was a remarkable basketball player.11 of 19
12. Prince formed his first band when he was 13 years old.12 of 19
13. In 2012, Prince dissed Maroon 5 for covering “Kiss.”13 of 19
14. In 2013, Prince performed at “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ wedding.14 of 19
15. The movie “Purple Rain” cost $7 million to make and grossed over $69 million.15 of 19
16. Prince scrapped his 1987 album “The Black Album” just days before its release.16 of 19
17. Prince penned The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For U.”17 of 19
18. Prince’s dad once had a band called Prince Rogers Jazz Trio.18 of 19
19. Prince sent Janelle Monae a singing telegram asking for a copy of her “The Electric Lady” album.19 of 19
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