"In all fairness, Madonna was asked to do this and she was friends with Prince," Perry said

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated May 20, 2016 09:15 PM

Linda Perry argues relevancy as the reason why Madonna was selected as the artist to honor Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.

“So this Sunday, the Billboard Awards, Madonna is scheduled to be the only artist to pay tribute to Prince and there’s an uproar right now because there’s 5000 fans who signed a petition so they’re kinda upset by this,” Perry preluded the conversation on The Talk Friday.

And when co-host Sheryl Underwood named Sheila E. as one of the artists she would like to see share the stage with Madge, Perry disagreed.

“In all fairness, Madonna was asked to do this and she was friends with Prince but you also have to think about it’s really the Billboard Awards, they think about who is hot and popular,” she argued. “They’re not gonna call up Chaka Khan and re-put together The Time and Sheila E. because they’re not relevant right now.”

Perry’s comments caught the attention of Prince’s former flame and collaborator, who responded with a message of her own via Facebook.

“On behalf of musicians, artists, creators, performers and anyone aspiring to be one of those, YOU ARE RELEVANT!” Sheila E. wrote that same day. “It was exactly that type of attitude and comment, recently conveyed on a talk show by a misinformed guest, that Prince, Paisley Park and those who have been an extension of, continually fought, and still fight, against.”

Adding, “The creations and the creators, contrary to fleeting popularity or fame, is what breathes life into art. The lack of understanding, and myopic view of dollars over sense is what perpetuates the ignorance that continually works against the artist, and the industry. I am offended! #RELEVANT”

On Friday’s episode of The Talk Perry did defend her thoughts saying, “The Billboards are about what is gonna sell their show. Right now, Madonna being up there this is selling the show. If the show was honestly creative and thought bigger, they could’ve had an amazing show with The Time and Sheila E., Chaka Khan, Lenny Kravitz.”