Madonna to Honor Prince at 2016 Billboard Music Awards -- Will She Perform Their Duet 'Love Song'?

by Jackie Willis 12:15 PM PDT, May 11, 2016
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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will have a living music legend pay tribute to Prince.

On Sunday, May 22, Madonna will honor her late friend and fellow artist at the awards show held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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It's not yet known what exactly this tribute will entail, or if Madonna will perform "Love Song," her 1989 duet with Prince, off her album, Like a Prayer.

After news broke of Prince's death on April 21, Madonna started posting pics to Instagram in remembrance. "He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss," she captioned a flashback photo of herself and the "When Doves Cry" singer. "I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song."

Days later, she shared another Instagram image of herself with Prince and Michael Jackson, and captioned it with a quote by Joe Henry. "I have ceased distinguishing between the religious and the secular, for everything is holy: our courage and humility, our senses both lost and found; our love and our lust…all that shall swoon and couple, leaving in their wake the real hope that, late as is the hour -- with as much as we have been given and squandered; as little as we might deserve it, though we stomp and plead— there may yet be more on offer: God willing, just one more song sung into high rafters before we are finally called to quit and disperse," the 57-year-old singer wrote.

An eerie fact: Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson (who died in 2009) were all born within three months of each other in 1958.

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A few weeks later, Madonna posted yet another photo of her friend, along with lyrics from Sinead O'Connor's 1990 hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U," which was penned by Prince.

"Its been seven hours and 13 days since you took your love away," she wrote. "All the flowers you planted died when you went away..........Nothing Compares 2 U."

Following news of Prince's death, tour manager Guy Oseary, who's worked with Madonna, revealed that Prince almost toured with the Material Girl.

"I called him a few years back with the idea of Madonna and Prince going on tour together," Oseary wrote in a lengthy caption. "I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said, 'I like it. We can call it the Royalty Tour: The Queen and The Prince'. ...I love the way she thinks. When I told Prince the idea, he said, 'The world isn't ready for this, it's too big.'"

I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote "Love God"... My walls were covered with prince posters.. I lived in a two bedroom apartment with my dad and you could see my Prince posters from the street.. Many many years later I connected back with Prince.. And we have remained friends.. I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said "I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince".... I love the way she thinks... When I told Prince the idea he said: "the world isn't ready for this, it's too big".. I always felt like one day I would pull it off.. @Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark .. He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing.. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him.. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly.. I won't forget that electrifying performance.. Or the smile on his face that night.. And the love that he gave me.. He always treated me with kindness.. We didn't always agree.. We would argue for hours... But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him.. I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.. This photo was taken summer of 1999.. Yes.. "1999".. You can see from the photo that I'm focused on one thing... Prince!!.. I have the original lyrics to "purple rain" on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him.. Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say "thank you, I was looking for this".. Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace..

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In October 2015, just a few months prior to his death, Madonna reportedly attended an intimate Prince concert at the Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. According to Billboard, Prince strictly forbade cell phones or cameras at Paisley Park, so no footage of the night has surfaced. However, The Current reported that the night began with Madonna and her crew dancing onstage before taking their seats in the audience to watch the "Purple Rain" singer perform.

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