Madonna, Stevie Wonder pay homage to Prince at Billboard

Madonna paid homage to Prince by wearing his signature color and bringing another icon - Stevie Wonder - onstage to sing the classic 'Purple Rain' at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.

Sitting atop a purple throne, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' which Prince wrote and Sinead O'Connor recorded. She as teary-eyed as she sang the song, videos and photos of Prince projected behind her.

Wonder, in a purple scarf, later joined her for 'Purple Rain' as the audience at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas sang along.

'Most of all, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for all that you've given us,' Madonna said after the performance.

Prince died on April 21 at age 57. The icons collaborated on 'Love Song' in 1989 and Madonna was met with criticism online when Billboard announced she would be the one to pay homage to The Purple One. Some felt she should not do the tribute alone, and others said a black artist should be involved.

'All of us live in the land of music and his departure was an earthquake,' Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson said before the performance. 'I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rogers Nelson.'

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Madonna Asked Questlove to Write Prince Tribute

Madonna is set to perform in honor of Prince at the Billboard Music Awards tonight (May 22), and she has a little extra in store.

Billboard has learned that the Material Girl asked Questlove to share a few words about Prince.

And The Roots drummer has prepared a tribute to the late icon that will lead into Madonna's performance at the ceremony.

Prince unexpectedly passed away April 21 at the age of 57. Other details on Madonna's tribute remain a closely guarded secret.

The Billboard Music Awards air May 22 on ABC.


Billboard Music Awards Sneak Peek

Artists planning to wear eyeliner to the 24th annual Billboard Music Awards on May 22 are best advised to invest in a tear-proof brand. 'The show is going to be filled with a lot of emotion,' says Mark Bracco, an executive producer of the telecast, which, for the first time, will air live coast to coast from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

In addition to the choked sobs that often accompany an acceptance speech - award finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement measured by Billboard and its data partners - this year's BBMAs will include performances by Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla Sign, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo, Rihanna and Demi Lovato, as well as the debut of Adele's music video for 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' and special showcases featuring Britney Spears, Pink, Celine Dion and Madonna, designed to evoke thrills, tears or both.

Madonna Celebrates Prince: After the death of Prince in April, the BBMA producers began discussing a tribute to the multitalented artist, which led to conversations with Madonna's team. Although the details of Madge's performance are under wraps, Bracco says it will be 'intimate.' 'She has been very involved in how it will be presented,' he says. 'It will be one of the emotional highlights of the show.'


Madonna to pay tribute to Prince at awards

Madonna will pay tribute to Prince with a live performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards later this month.

Specific details about the Material Girl's performance have not been disclosed.

However, the 57-year-old's homage promises to be one of the highlights of the May 22 event.

Prince died suddenly on April 21 at the age of 57.

The Kiss star performed at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards where he was also presented with the ICON Award.

One of the premier events in the US music calendar, the Billboard Music Awards already boasts a line-up that includes Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

Alongside them, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go's, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Pink are among the artists taking to the stage at the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Taylor Swift and Madonna Own the iHeartRadio Awards

In a night that belonged to Taylor Swift, she hit her highest note at Sunday's iHeartRadio Awards alongside new BFF Madonna. Swift made a surprise appearance to provide guitar accompaniment for Madonna's performance of 'Ghosttown,' the new single from Rebel Heart and the awards show's best performance.

The alluring, post-apocalyptic song could well shape up to be a hit for Madonna, and she and Swift shared the stage with the ease of kindred spirits. Later in the night, Madonna presented Swift with the song of the year award for 'Shake It Off,' and Swift thanked 'Madonna for being Madonna.'


Madonna to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Jamie Foxx will host the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday, March 29th on NBC. The announcement came Monday morning, along with a star-studded list of performers and artists to appear on the show, and it's going to be a big one!

Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line will all perform along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more to be announced. This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.

'This is the night we celebrate the biggest songs and artists we played for fans on our iHeartRadio stations across America and on the iHeartRadio app over the past year, along with a look at what's coming in 2015,' said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. 'And who better to host than both a Grammy winning musician and Oscar winning performer Jamie Foxx? This is going to be an amazing star packed Sunday night of music on NBC.'

The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards air live Sunday, March 29th at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, and will be broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.


Madonna 'suffered whiplash' after Brits fall

Pop star Madonna says she suffered whiplash as a result of her 'nightmare' accident at Wednesday's Brit Awards.

The 56-year-old was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders.

In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, taped on Thursday, the star said: 'I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.'

She added: 'I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times.'

The singer blamed her fall on a wardrobe malfunction, saying her cape had been tied too tightly, meaning it could not be unfastened in time.

'Everyone was worried my cape would slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck,' explained the singer.

'I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string, and it wouldn't come undone. I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.'

The star recovered and finished her performance, which was the finale of the Brit Awards - where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners.

She refused to watch a replay of the incident on Jonathan Ross's show, which will be broadcast on ITV on Saturday 14 March.

'It was a nightmare,' she said, 'I actually created a horror show for everyone.'

The star added that she would not be recreating the performance on her forthcoming tour.

'No more capes. Cape fear is over.'

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Fallen Madonna 'fine' after tumble

Madonna has said she is 'fine' after a wardrobe malfunction made her fall backwards off the stage at the Brit Awards.

The star's red and black cloak was 'too tight' and made her fall over, she told her three million followers on Instagram.

Alongside a picture of the cloak that caused the embarrassing slip-up, Madonna wrote: 'Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! livingforlove.'

The Queen of Pop was closing the Brit Awards ceremony when the fall took place.

When her backing dancers tried to pull off her cloak, the artist was dragged backwards before falling to the floor with a bang.

The dancers, who were dressed as demons, looked on in shock before Madonna got back up and went on with the show.

Fans took to Twitter to show their support after Madonna's fall.

User Louise Houghton wrote: 'Big respect to Madonna BRITAwards for carrying on so professionally & giving an awesome performance. Please don't slate her.'

Melanie Redmond tweeted: 'Oh my god. Madonna. That fall. I feel so bad for you but you did sing about stumbling. And you really did more than that, you crash landed.'

Another wrote: 'I'm sweating with anxiety for the cape puller who will perish in the flames tonight.'

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Hear Madonna's Impressive Isolated Grammys Vocals

Isolated vocals are one of the Internet's great obsessions, and they often don't end well (sorry, Mariah/Taylor/Britney). That makes us all the more pleased when a pop star delivers a demanding performance and still sounds remarkable, as is the case for the vocals purportedly extracted from Madonna's recent Grammy appearance.

The singer's rendition of 'Living for Love' found her being handed off among a mosaic of men dressed as bulls, destroying some '80s-throwback choreography and still hitting every word during the six-minute performance (atop a recorded vocal track, of course). Anyone who says Madonna isn't still the master at 56 years old has not been paying attention.


Madonna explains her Grammy flash

Madonna has explained why she flashed her posterior on the Grammy's red carpet.

The Queen of Pop lifted her skirt as she walked away from photographers during arrivals on Sunday night - revealing her bottom clothed in just fishnet tights and a black thong.

Madonna, 56, told US presenter Ryan Seacrest on his radio show the next morning she had been inspired to create her own wardrobe malfunction.

Madonna said: 'I had an inspired wardrobe malfunction moment. As I was walking away, I wasn't mooning - I just lifted my dress up. Mooning is like naked butt. Everyone's seen my naked butt already. Not for a while, not since the '90s. It's the age of ass, isn't it? It was me having fun and being cheeky, no pun intended.'

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Riccardo Tisci and B. Akerlund on Madonna’s Outfits spoke to Riccardo Tisci and B.Akerlund about the two outfits designed for Madonna's red carpet and performance at the Grammy Awards:

During a mostly dull Grammy awards, Madonna provided a ray of high-fashion light. We have designer Riccardo Tisci and stylist B. Akerlund to thank. Tisci collaborated with Akerlund and Madonna on two custom Givenchy Haute Couture looks - a pastel and black corset dress for the red carpet and a crimson leotard, jacket, and cape for the stage - that brought something extra to the ceremony in a way only Madonna can.

'Madonna is a real life friend and working with her is always effortless, like collaborating with family,' Tisci explained. 'We created a Matador inspired set of Haute Couture pieces to match her theme of 'Living for Love.' I loved the idea of her as this Givenchy warrior in full Couture embroidery and color blocking.' Tisci’s creations took 50 people 2500 hours of hand-beading the couture tradition, according to Akerlund, but it was worth it. 'M is famous for knowing how to take a risk in multiple fields at the same time, and as usual, we all saw how it pays off,' Tisci said of the performance.

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Madonna being helped out of her boots during her costume change at the Grammys.

Taylor Swift was 'so scared' to meet Madonna

Taylor Swift was 'so scared' to meet Madonna at the Grammy Awards.

The 25-year-old singer was petrified the 'Like A Virgin' hitmaker would not live up to her expectations and after being told the 56-year-old star had heaped praise on her music, saying she cannot get her songs out of her head, the blonde beauty refused to believe it was true.

When told about Madonna's positive comments on the red carpet at the ceremony at the Los Angeles Staples Center last night, she told 'Access Hollywood': 'Stop, I will pass out! You can't, don't be lying. Oh my God, I've been so scared to meet her, because it means too much to me. When she first said something nice about me in the press a couple of weeks ago, I was like, 'There's no way it's real, it' too good to be real.'

Earlier in the evening, Madonna admitted she was a huge fan of the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' hitmaker's 'catchy' songs. She said: 'She writes some damn catchy pop songs. Can't get them out of my head.'

Despite Taylor's nerves, she did finally manage to muster up the courage to meet the music legend. She tweeted: 'Madonna is now a person I've met. #TheGrammys'

Madonna appeared equally as pleased to meet the 'Shake It Off' songstress as she took to Twitter to post a picture of the pair embracing at the ceremony. She wrote: 'Shaking it up back stage at the Grammy's with Taylor!! #livingforlove'


Madonna Used Album Leak Criticism To Perfect Her Songs

Madonna is convinced her album leak actually helped her make a better record because she let criticism of the unfinished tracks 'guide' her as she finished off the project.

A suspect was arrested in Israel last month and charged with hacking into the Queen of Pop's computer and leaking songs from her upcoming Rebel Heart album in December.

The hacking prompted Madonna to share a handful of tracks nearly three months before the album's intended March release, but the Music hitmaker admits the incident actually helped her make improvements.

During an interview with U.S. host Ryan Seacrest on the E! Live from the Red Carpet special before the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Madonna said, 'It was an interesting process, because it was kinda like the music came out unready and people commented on it and even though I was p**sed that I got hacked and s**t got leaked I was like, 'Ooh, I better change this'. It actually helped guide me a little bit.'


Grammy Awards: Madonna's #LivingforLove Backstage

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Madonna to appear at 2015 Brit Awards

Stop whatever you're doing Madonna fans....because her MADGEsty has announced she'll be performing at the 2015 Brit Awards.

The superstar confirmed rumours that she'd be at this month's ceremony on Twitter.

She posted: 'Hello to all my UK Rebel Hearts. See you at the Brits on Feb 25th'.

The 56-year-old also tweeted a picture of a Brit Award wrapped in wire - a reference to her latest album cover... cool huh?

The official Brit Awards Twitter page is excited too, posting alongside hearts and smiley emojis: 'Just added the one and only @Madonna to the lineup'.

Madonna recently confirmed she'll be performing at this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday 08 February.

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Madonna set to perform at Brits?

Madonna is apparently on the bill for this year's Brit Awards.

The Queen of Pop is '99 per cent confirmed' to take to the stage to perform at the event in February, reported the Daily Mirror.

A source said the Girl Gone Wild singer has 'cleared her diary' for the ceremony, which she last performed at in 1995.

'Madonna wants to perform to the biggest number of people for the maximum impact and there's no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits,' said the insider.

'She has already confirmed she will perform at the Grammys, when she will debut the new music. But her album is due out on March 9, a month after the LA ceremony, so she wants another large platform to perform her songs on just before it is released.'

It's thought Madonna, 56, will perform tracks from her new album Rebel Heart at the Brits, which will take place on February 25 at the O2 Arena in London.

However, a spokeswoman for the star said it was 'just speculative' at this stage.

Before the Brits, Madonna will be on stage at the Grammys at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 8.

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Madonna to perform at the Grammy Awards

Madonna, AC/DC and Ariana Grande are among the first performers announced to take the stage at the Grammy Awards next month.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and country star Eric Church will also perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Grande, who is nominated for two awards, will make her Grammy debut. Church is nominated for four honors, while Sheeran has three, including album of the year for 'x.'

Beyonce, Sam Smith and Pharrell are the leaders in nominations with six apiece. The three pop stars, along with Sheeran, will compete with Beck for album of the year.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS.

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'Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th at The GRAMMYs #GRAMMYs #rebelheart'

Madonna & Macklemore’s Emotional Grammys Performance

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis certainly pulled a winner out of the bag when they brought Madonna and Queen Latifah on stage to perform as 33 hetrosexual and same sex couples got married at the 2014 Grammy awards last night, and fans have flooded Twitter with mostly complimentary thoughts on the shocker.

During a performance of their critically-acclaimed single 'Same Love' which features Mary Lambert, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were joined on stage by Queen Latifah who officiated the marriages of 33 couples as the rest of the star-studded audience looked on. Madonna was then introduced to the stage as she sang part of her hit 'Open Your Heart' before duetting with Lambert.

It seems there wasn't a dry at the Nokia Theatre or at home as the couples tied the knot on live television, and viewers flooded Twitter with some positive reactions to the emotional ceremony.

@arianaaa2 tweeted: 'The @macklemore and @Madonna same love performance/wedding ceremony was amazing #samelove #inspiring #GRAMMYs,' while @krisily gushed: 'Ok totally worth the wait 33 couples got married at the Grammy's by Queen Latifah and Macklemore & Madonna sang at their wedding! #SameLove.' Admitting to getting a little teary, @nerdixie commented: 'I cried at the part where the couples got married. I WANT MADONNA TO SING AT MY WEDDING TOO,' while @erickstheone said: 'Never been a fan of the song, but performance was amazing. Plus, who wouldn't love Madonna at your wedding??'

During the performance, Queen Latifah said: 'This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us. I hope this is inspiration to all the rappers out there and hip hop artists out there that they can continue to tackle any subjects you want.'

Ryan Lewis' sister also got wed during the ceremony.

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Madonna styled by David and wears grills to piss people off

Madonna had a special date by her side on the Grammys red carpet: Her son David.

The duo even coordinated outfits for their mother-son outing: 'We're both working the Ralph Lauren angle,' Madonna told Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet. Spring 2014 Collection, to be exact.

And Madonna had an equally special stylist for the event. Because it was also David!

'For this look, I followed his lead. He dressed me tonight,' the Material Girl revealed. 'He wanted me to dress like him, so I obeyed him.'

Madge accessorized the outfit with a cane (a result of a dance injury) and, of course, a grill.

'Yeah, I'm grillin'. It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that's why I wear it,' she said, before explaining that she wears a grill 'when it matches my outfit. When I don't have to eat. Actually, I've learned to eat with my grill in.'

No grills for David though. 'She said she'd get me grills for this birthday,' he protested, before Madonna got all maternal and chimed in, 'I know, but we haven't had time. We have to go to the dentist to get a mold!'

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Madonna is Hall of Fame nominee

Madonna, John Mellencamp and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are among the nominees for the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They are joined by a number of top acts, including Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Thursday. The gala will be held June 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Also nominated are Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Donovan, Cat Stevens and Harry Wayne Casey.

Nonperforming songwriter nominees include 'Midnight Train to Georgia' writer Jim Weatherly, Motown songwriter William 'Mickey' Stevenson and country music songwriters Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson.

Mark James, the writer behind 'Always on My Mind' - covered by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson - is also nominated alongside Don Robertson, Graham Gouldman and Tony Macaulay. Writing duos Hugo & Luigi, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, and Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham will also compete.

Eligible voters can select two nominees from the list of songwriter-performers and three nonperforming songwriters. Voting ends Dec. 16.

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Madonna accepts Top Touring Award

Thanks to the worldwide success of her MDNA Tour, Madonna was honored as the Top Touring Artist at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held on Sunday night (May 19) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The legendary diva took the stage with a touch of sass, following an introduction by that was set to the tune of 'Like a Virgin.' Referring to a preceding montage of MDNA footage, she proclaimed, 'It took longer to negotiate whether I could show my ass in that trailer than it took to negotiate that tour!'
With that out of the way, Madge delved into a laundry list of thank you's, including choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega, costume designer Arianne Phillips, musical director Kevin Antunes, set designer Mark Fisher, Live Nation's Arthur Fogel, and of course, her fans. She also thanked her four children, two of which accompanied her on the blockbuster tour.
'They say that it takes a village to raise a child,' Madonna said, with her notecards humbly visible. 'It took several international villages to put my show together.'
Madonna also thanked her fans saying: 'A showgirl needs her fans. Thank you for supporting me for three decades.'
The 88-show MDNA tour grossed $305 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. It's the pop icon's latest chart landmark in a career full of them, including records for Hot 100 top 10 singles (38 of her overall 56 Hot 100 hits) and Dance Club Songs No. 1s (43).


Madonna to attend Billboard Music Awards tonight!

US fans can watch Madonna receiving the Top Touring Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour.

Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday 19 May at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Madonna to attend Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour.
The sold out 88-date run was 2012's top-grossing tour with $305 million. It's the pop icon's latest chart landmark in a career full of them, including records for Hot 100 top 10 singles (38 of her overall 56 Hot 100 hits) and Dance Club Songs No. 1s (43). Her 'MDNA' album bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 - her eighth trip to the penthouse - with sales of 359,000.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. '30 Rock' alum Tracy Morgan will host, with Don Mischer producing.
Madonna will take the stage to accept her award, with superstars from Prince to Taylor Swift to Lil Wayne set to perform. Other performers joining the ceremony include Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, the Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Akon, Ne-Yo, David Guetta and Icona Pop.
Along with his performance, Prince is set to be honored with the Billboard Icon Award. Bieber, Swift and Mars are also vying for the Milestone Award, a fan-driven honor that one voter will get to present at the show alongside Cee Lo Green.
Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 top the finalists at the 2013 awards, with each included in 11 categories. Rihanna competes in 10 categories, including Top Artist against Swift, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and One Direction, while a pair of younger artists - Carly Rae Jepsen and 1D themselves - are finalists in nine and eight categories, respectively.
Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
Stay tuned for more announcements for the May 19 airing of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on ABC.


Madonna celebrates Anderson Cooper at Glaad Awards

Madonna presented talk show host Anderson Cooper with a trophy at the Glaad Media awards in New York.
The annual event celebrates the gay, lesbian and transgender community.
Other winners on the night included director Brett Ratner and TV shows Smash and The Amazing Race.
Madonna gave an impassioned speech to the audience about discrimination and tolerance, while dressed as a boy scout.
'When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry rivers of tears,' she said.
'I have teenagers of my own now, and the idea of them, or any young person experiencing that kind of pain is unfathomable to me, It's an atrocity to me. I don't accept it.'

Journalist and author Cooper was given the Vito Russo Award, named after a Glaad (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) founder, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Accepting his award, Cooper said 'being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings' and that it had 'opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted'.
Two further Glaad events will be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco to honour other media personalities.

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Video: Madonna at the GLAAD Awards

Madonna took the stage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York to present the Vito Russo Award to advocate, award-winning journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper. The Vito Russo Award is presented annually to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.


Madonna to present GLAAD award to Anderson Cooper

Madonna will appear with journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper on March 16 at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, GLAAD announced today. The Associated Press broke the story.
Cooper and Madonna are longtime friends who have both used their careers to raise support for LGBT people around the globe.
'Madonna has been a passionate spokesperson and longtime supporter of gay rights. She has embraced LGBT people around the world on many occasions,' said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. 'From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.'
GLAAD will honor Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the New York event. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD's founders.
'By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric,' said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. 'He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I'm proud to call him a friend.'

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MDNA Tour nominated for three Billboard Touring Awards

Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry.
Among the finalists are mega-tours by such veteran artists as Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Coldplay and Kenny Chesney, along with newer stars like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, the Black Keys and Taylor Swift.
The Billboard Touring Awards are primarily based on actual numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore, reflecting real business being done, as opposed to any sort of voting procedure. The exceptions would be such honors as Legend Of Live (Neil Diamond), the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, the Humanitarian Award (the Apollo Theater), the Road Warrior Award presented by Shell ROTELLA, and the Creative Content Award (Michael Jackson Immortal by Cirque du Soleil), as well as the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, the latter determined by online fan 'demands' at for Boxscore's top tours.
The awards are based on numbers reported to Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

The MDNA tour is nominated in three categories:

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball
Madonna, MDNA
Roger Waters, The Wall Live

Jon Landau Management (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
MFM/Mark Fenwick (Roger Waters)
Guy Oseary (Madonna)

Demi Lovato/Hallmark
Lady Antebellum/Lipton
Linkin Park/Honda Civic
Tim McGraw/Pennzoil
Zac Brown Band/Jack Daniel's

The awards will be presented by Sandra Bernhard on Thursday 08 November at Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.


Madonna Hits Back At Ricky Gervais At Golden Globes

It was the successful night for Madonna at Sunday's Golden Globes in Los Angeles, with the American pop superstar landing the prize for Best Original Song for W.E's ballad 'Masterpiece'. It was the second Globe for the singer-turned-filmmaker, who won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for 'Evita' in 1997.
During her acceptance speech, Madonna thanked her long-time manager Guy Oseary and studio boss Harvey Weinstein, whom she described as 'the punisher' and spoke of how he 'believed' in her latest movie. The singer, who releases new album M.D.N.A later this year, was the target for one of host Ricky Gervais' putdowns, but she was quick to offer a retort. When introducing the singer to present the award for Best Foreign Language Film, Gervais joked that she was 'a material girl', 'always in Vogue' and 'Just like a virgin', pulling a 'hard to believe' face after mentioning the latter.
When arriving on-stage, Madonna hit back, 'If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky. Then why don't you come over here and do something about it. I haven't kissed a girl in a few years. On TV'. Keen to have the last laugh, the British comedian was seen running for his life across the back of the stage.


Madonna's Masterpiece wins Golden Globe!

Madonna picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song last night.
The pop star-turned-film director picked up the gong for 'Masterpiece' which features in her new movie 'W.E.' and Madonna admitted she was shocked to win but insisted it was not a solo effort.
She said: 'This is a surprise. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this acknowledgement. I need to thank my co-writers, Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost, my co-producer William Orbit, who's not here, whom I adore.'
'I would also like to thank my manager, Guy Oseary, who I spend most of my time beating up on. But seriously, he harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, 'Please, Guy, I'm trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don't have time.' So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, 'Masterpiece,' so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.'


Elton John In Globes War Of Words

Madonna and Sir Elton John became embroiled in a war of words at the Golden Globes on Sunday as they competed for the coveted Best Song prize.
The Rocket Man started the verbal spat by telling reporters on the red carpet that his rival 'doesn't have a f**king chance of winning tonight,' and when asked if those were 'fighting words,' he replied, 'No, those are accurate words'.
Madonna hit back when questioned about Sir Elton's remarks, asking reporters, 'Was he wearing a dress?' adding, 'May the best man win.'
The Material Girl eventually emerged triumphant as her track Masterpiece from W.E. scooped the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, seeing off competition from Sir Elton's Hello, Hello from Gnomeo & Juliet.
And after her success, Madonna offered an olive branch to her rival, telling reporters, 'I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He's known to get mad at me. He's brilliant and I adore him, so he will win another award. And I don't feel bad!'


Madonna: About That Top-Secret Super Bowl Performance...

The singer, and newly minted director, showed up at the 2012 Golden Globes and stopped to chat with Ryan Seacrest about her film W.E. (which earned her a Globe nom and win for Best Original Song for 'Masterpiece').
So what'd she tell us?
Well, when it came to her film that she wrote and directed, Madonna admits it was more than she bargained for.
'I had no idea that it was going to be so challenging, complicated, exhausting and fulfilling.'
Andrea Riseborough, who was alongside the star, called Madonna a very passionate director, even if she can come off as 'intimidating.'
So we have to wonder, what will this passionate yet intimidating woman bring to the Super Bowl for her halftime performance?
'I can't tell you what I'm going to do because then it'll blow the surprise. Twelve minutes and 40 seconds to put on the greatest show on Earth.'

Yup, and the additional 40 seconds was her idea.

From E! Online - To view the video clip click on the picture below.

Two Golden Globe nominations for W.E.

The nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Madonna's W.E. has received two nominations.
The awards will be presented on Sunday 15 January 2012.

Best Original Song
'Hello Hello' - Gnomeo & Juliet - Elton John
'Lay Your Head Down' - Albert Nobbs - Sinead O'Connor
'The Living Proof' - The Help - Mary J. Blige
'The Keeper' - Machine Gun Preacher - Gerard Butler
'Masterpiece' - W.E. - Madonna

Best Original Score
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams