Prince received the Icon Award last night during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu appeared to present the award to the legendary genius and musical everyman from Minneapolis. Prince responded to the honor with a white hot performance featuring 3rdEyeGirl and a few screaming guitar solos that gave the world a taste of what a true icon looks like in action. Though short in comparison to the marathon shows and post-show performances Prince fans are used to, his set was just long enough to justify the award as well as the price of tickets to his shows – a slight point of contention during a recent interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune. The performance featured Prince’s classic “Let’s Go Crazy” and the more recent single “FixUrLifeUp” – the latter preceded by a funked out segue from bassist Ida Nielsen. Prince followed by tearing the roof off with precision against a pyrotechnic backdrop featuring the video for the song. The only thing Prince did not do during the performance was smash a guitar. Check the introduction Prince receives from the electric ladies and watch his performance below.
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