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Madonna pays tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards 2016

Los Angeles: Pop queen Madonna paid a moving tribute to legendary musician Prince as she sang the lyrics of his 'Nothing Compares 2 U' at the Billboard Music Awards.

Stevie Wonder and Madonna perform a tribute to Prince onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards
Stevie Wonder and Madonna perform a tribute to Prince onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Pic/AFP

While she enthralled the audience with her vocals, powerful images flashed on the wall behind her, including many of the late singer during memorable performances, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Towards the end of the rendition, Stevie Wonder joined Madonna, 57, onstage wearing a purple scarf. After rapturous applause, the pair led the audience in an a capella version of 'Purple Rain'.

Stars such as Rihanna and The Weeknd were spotted singing along, while others like Rebecca Romijn were seen in tears.

"Prince, you know we love you, forever," said Wonder mid-song. Wonder and Madonna, who wore a purple suit, encouraged the audience to clap along as they belted out the remaining lyrics.

"Thank you, Prince Rogers Nelson, for all that you have given us," said Madonna while closing out the show.

Madonna and Prince collaborated for 'Love Song', which was part of her 1989 album, Like a Prayer.

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