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Reasonably Played: Madonna at the Billboard Music Awards


Madonna being chosen to pay tribute to Prince stirred some controversy, with a lot of stuff about whether Prince would approve, but I tend to agree with Questlove that just to sing his work is brave enough — and that it’s not necessarily helpful wandering down the road of imagining what Prince would or wouldn’t get. Besides which, is it really so off-base? Madonna was Prince’s contemporary. When Prince died, in the wake of also losing David Bowie, people Tweeted stuff like, “SOMEBODY CHECK ON MADONNA.” And they weren’t entirely kidding. Prince was a groundbreaking musician, and so was/is Madonna — I mean, she paved the way for the female artists of today, and the ways they can express themselves and their sexuality. I highly doubt Prince would have resented those parallels. Seeing Madonna up there singing it adequately but not lights-out was also sort of poignant, in that it reminds you how fragile all our old musical heroes inevitably become.

And in the end, this worked for me better than Lady Gaga’s Bowie tribute. That one was less like, “Look how great David Bowie was,” than it was, “Look how great I am, doing all these Bowie songs.” By contrast, this was a purple-hued, heavy-on-imagery, light-on-spectacle performance of two iconic Prince songs, with Prince himself providing the intro via the “Dearly Beloved” piece of “Let’s Go Crazy.” It kept him the star, which is as it should be.

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Met Gala What the Fug: Madonna in Givenchy


You’d better not discuss Sunday’s Game of Thrones in front of Madonna without making sure she’s seen it. You do NOT want to violate this woman’s spoiler policy.

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Fugs and Fabs: Celebs at the Airport


You know how much I enjoy the random ensembles of celebs at the airport!

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Your Afternoon Chat: Madonna


So, Madge is going through some stuff. Her son with Guy Ritchie doesn’t want to live with her anymore — although, the newspapers make it sound like it’s because Madonna tries to lay down the law with him and Guy is more loosey-goosey, and if you had told me when I was seven that this would be the case I never would have believed you; also, if true, I applaud Madonna for making rules, at least? — and so the custody dispute there is getting ugly. She’s been putting up sad Instagrams about it.

Madonna's Brisbane Concert Delayed For Over Two Hours

And now there are rumors she did a concert drunk or high, and last night, she was two hours late going on in Brisbane. Whatever is toppling her right now, I hope she’s able to conquer it and climb back atop the mountain. Because however anyone feels about the Madonna of 2016, in her heyday she was a seminal influence on pop music and performance.

And so: What is YOUR iconic Madonna moment? Mine was walking into my sister’s bedroom when I was six or seven, and seeing posters on her wall of Madonna in her “Like A Virgin” getup. I remember also discovering that she had a whole other ALBUM before that one — it was like a gift! — and then lamenting that “Crazy For You” and “Get Into The Groove” were not on any of her records at all. (Thank GOD for her greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection, which I devoured.) I went as Madonna for Halloween TWICE in school, and I distinctly remember asking my mother for a “loose perm” because I had straight hair then and I wanted her shaggy-chic curls. Smartly, my mother refused, and I only later learned that I don’t think perms COME in the “loose” form. It’s just perm or no perm. My mother was excellent at deflecting my hair whims, by the way. She was also diplomatically correct about never letting me get real bangs.

Anyway. Madonna was A Big Stonking Deal to me, long before I ever even understood half of what she was doing. She just leaked a kind of cool I knew would always be foreign to me. Did you ever love Madonna? And if so, when? And will she always be your lucky star, or are you on the borderline? Are you forever having to justify your love? Or is it the case that love don’t live here anymore?

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Met Ball Fug Carpet: Katy Perry and Madonna in Moschino


Much as we said for Cosmo, because when you think, “perceptions of China,” don’t you totally think GRAFFITI??! (I don’t.)

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Fug or Fab the Cover: Madonna on Cosmopolitan’s 50th Anniversary Issue (May 2015)


The last time Madonna covered Cosmo, it was for the 25th anniversary issue in May 1990. So however you feel about this cover — and we’ll get into it, believe me, because I don’t like it — I think it’s worth giving her an ovation for being an enduring and powerful female figure for so long that she could be considered iconic on two magazine covers TWENTY FIVE YEARS APART. I mean, even in 1990, she was already well into her career and had several visual incarnations (the “Holiday” Madonna, the “Like A Virgin” and Desperately Seeking Susan era, the “Papa Don’t Preach” Madonna, and then rolling into the brunette “Like A Prayer” days). This woman has endured and thrived, and that’s always worth celebrating.

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I Heart Radio Awards Mostly Well Played, Taylor Swift (and Bonus Madonna)


To quote Heather’s email to me about this, “her hair color has a Mannequin Sheen to me somehow.” I’d just like to suggest to Hollywood (the entity, not the Meschach Taylor character, although I’d ALSO like to talk to HIM, especially given that Meschach Taylor is sadly dead) that perhaps a reboot of Mannequin is exactly the project that Taylor Swift has been waiting for, in her long search for an acting follow-up to Valentine’s Day. That SOUNDS quite mean of me, but seriously Taylor Swift is actually one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day, which is a terrible movie. (She may also be one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day, the holiday, if you are single and spend the entire time listing to 1989.) In other news, I like her dress.

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