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Billboard Criticized Over Madonna Choice For Prince Tribute

LOS ANGELES - MAY 19: Madonna in the press room at the Billboard Music Awards 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV

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The Queen of Pop apparently isn’t “worthy” to honor the Purple One.

Billboard’s announcement earlier this month that Madonna would perform a tribute to the late Prince at its annual award show ignited criticism online, including a Change.org petition.

This petition, which has already received over 8,000 signatures, expressed outrage that Prince “is more than worthy of a better choice as a main performer.” In addition, critics of the choice believe that Madonna shouldn’t be the only artist involved. Even though she collaborated with Prince on “Love Song” in the ‘80s, others feel that the tribute should include more artists who worked closer with the legend during his life.

Such rising complaints have forced Billboard to defend its decision before the show even takes place.

“Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,” executive producer Mark Bracco said during an interview this week with The Associated Press. “I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

After Prince’s death, the producers received a called from Madonna’s representation asking about a possible performance. While Bracco didn’t discuss any specific details, he promised fans a “really beautiful” moment.

“It’s going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it’s something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,” he said.

The Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 22.