The Roots drummer talked about the performance by Madonna in a series of tweets

By Stephanie Petit
Updated May 23, 2016 10:55 AM
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Madonna is no stranger to controversial performances, but Questlove has a few wise words following social media criticism of her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.

“Yeah, we saw that,” read a teaser for the BET Awards, which is planning a Prince tribute as well. “Don’t worry. We got you.”

Some social media users voiced their disapproval for the performance, which also featured Stevie Wonder.

“Madonna performing a Prince tribute is offensive in so many levels,” one watcher wrote on Twitter.

Within an hour of BET’s post, Questlove issued a series of tweets defending Madonna’s tribute.

“Because of [Prince’s] well known love for the *poof* vanishing act. A lot of us are left feeling incomplete in the act of saying goodbye,” Questlove wrote. “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 [to] grips [with] the fact that Prince – (an on the surface) face of health & invincible agelessness – [succumbed] to something so… friggin basic.”

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Some fans, he said, are allowing their grief at Prince’s sudden death to turn into anger and bitterness.

“So I know there is gonna be A LOT of ‘feel a certain ways’ about who you want to see do his music justice – but you gotta put that aside y’all,” he continued. “Every Prince rendition will not be a life changing orgasmic xperience. Just to SING his work is brave enough…But the point is let’s not get ugly with playing the ‘Prince would and wouldn’t approve’ game.”

See all the tweets below.

Questlove introduced Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s performance last night, speaking about how Prince’s departure impacted everyone and how to make his legacy live on.

“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 and we can follow his example.”