With the summer award season starting up, something that most viewers will expect is some sort of appropriate tribute to Prince. Sunday night, many went to social media to express their concern with Madonna’s tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards, held in Las Vegas. Many felt that the tribute was lackluster and didn’t live up to the standards Prince left us with. Later that night, BET released a promo video for the BET awards with the caption, “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t Worry. We got you”…and everyone felt the shade.
With so much discussion about who should do a Prince tribute, I came up with a list of seven artists who should do a Prince tribute!
1. Sheila E., The Revolution, The New Power Generation, Morris Day, Vanity 6, and Apollonia 6
This was a no-brainer. They’ve all worked with Prince during the prime of his career.
2. Janelle Monae
Considering Prince was known for breaking gender-normality, the “Yoga” singer who’s also from the Midwest and breaks the gender norms would be a shoe in for the tribute.
During a stop on her ANTI World Tour, Rihanna dedicated her song “Diamonds” to Prince after hearing about his passing. It would be interesting to hear her intertwine “Diamonds” with “Diamonds and Pearls”.
Miguel has a reputation for turning out some amazing cover song choices. Since he is often compared to Prince, it would be interesting to see him channel one of his biggest influences.
5. Bruno Mars
Whoever does a Prince tribute must have the same electrifying personality and presence as Prince, and considering Bruno has showcased his stage presence and his musicianship, I know he can make Prince proud.
6. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is one of the few artists who has truly studied the musical icons before, and nailed it to a T. Since her tributes of the Beatles and David Bowie have gotten rave reviews, I have no doubt Gaga could have easily turned out a performance Prince would have been proud of.
7. An African American singer from the LGBT community
As I mentioned before, Prince was known for breaking gender-normality, giving care-free black boys and girls and gay youth an avenue to express their true self. Prince would have been proud and honored that someone, who didn’t live up to society’s norm, publicly performed a tribute for him in a mainstream setting.