BET Awards Prince Tribute

BET Awards' Prince Tribute to Include Sheila E., The Roots and D'Angelo

On Tuesday — the day that Prince would have turned 58 — BET announced the first of the artists who would be paying tribute to the music icon by performing at the 2016 BET Awards.

Sheila E., The Roots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae are among those who will help deliver a “special musical celebration” honoring the pop/R&B trailblazer, to be “spread throughout the show” and “capture the unprecedented career and musical genius of the beloved pop icon like only BET can,” the network said in a statement.

BET of course is on record as having suggested that Madonna’s performance of two Prince tunes at the Billboard Music Awards was not so much “Purple Rain” but a light drizzle, and in turn promised a dazzling deluge at their own awards show.

What do you think? Will BET’s lineup be able to top Madge and Stevie Wonder? Who do you hope will be added to the list? Hit the comments.