(AllHipHop News) After the passing of Prince on April 21, much of the world anticipated seeing the music award shows honor the legacy of the pop culture icon.
The Billboard Music Awards were up first, and the event tapped several individuals to pay tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson.
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Questlove came out to pay homage to one of his musical idols. The Roots’ drummer addressed the audience with a touching speech.
“All of us live in the land of music, and his departure from it was an earthquake,” said Quest. “But we can follow the trails he blazed and his example. We can be fierce, uncompromising, experimental, and we can also listen to all the songs he left for us. He was very generous in that regard.”
The BBMAs also featured Madonna and Stevie Wonder honoring Prince. The two music legends performed “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain.”
Watch Questlove’s speech and the Madonna/Stevie Wonder tribute performance below.