Madonna posted an old photo on Instagram, Saturday, of herself wearing a jacket that she wrote was gifted to her by Prince
“Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET,” Madonna wrote alongside a laughing emoji. “Lol! God Bless America.”
In the image, Madonna posed next to singer Marilyn wearing a floral motorcycle jacket and matching hat.
During the Billboard Music Awards, Madonna sat on a purple throne before performing a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She was later joined onstage by Stevie Wonder, who helped her sing the late artist’s hit “Purple Rain.”
BET wrote in response, “Yeah, we saw that,” then, teasing their own Prince tribute, added, “Don’t worry. We got you.”
Several stars, including Questlove, came to Madonna’s defense, with the Roots musician writing on Twitter, “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.”
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Madonna and Prince knew each other for years while coming up in the industry. In addition to collaborating on 1989’s “Love Song,” the pair even dated at one point.