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Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi

Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000.

Penn, who attended the fundraiser and bid on several pricey items when the auction stalled, handcuffed Madonna and crawled through her legs at one point as the two tried to coerce the audience to bid higher. 'For once, he's not the one being arrested,' she joked.

The party lasted until early Saturday morning when Madonna took the stage for an hour-long performance before a star studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, ex-boyfriend A-Rod and Courtney Love. The fundraiser was just one of the many parties during Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art fair.

Madonna, who performed in a pink sequined clown top and fishnet stockings, seemed to hold nothing back, especially her opinions on the election, joking with the audience that she had promised to perform sexual favors for those who voted for Hillary.

She coyly said she'd been in Donald Trump's bed, but later revealed it was for a magazine photo shoot and that Trump wasn't even there - and she criticized his cheap sheets. 'They won't be Egyptian cotton because we all know how he feels about Muslims don't we,' she said as some audience members gasped.

She gyrated to a slowed-down version of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and seductively sang, 'You know that you're toxic,' as images of Trump appeared on a large screen behind her.

At one point, she walked into the audience, climbing on tables and giving one man a lap dance. She abruptly stood up at another point, grabbed the chair on which she had performed and said she also wanted to auction it, noting $600 could send a girl in Malawi to secondary school and $2,000 would cover her university expenses. The chair sold for $10,000.

Other notable items included a Damien Hirst painting, a private performance by magician David Blaine, who was also at the event, and a weeklong stay at DiCaprio's home in Palm Springs, which fetched $140,000. A print by artist Tracey Emin from Madonna's personal art collection, sold for $550,000.

Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son David from an orphanage in Malawi more than a decade ago. At the time, she said, 'I didn't know where Malawi was' on the map. David had pneumonia and malaria. His mother died in childbirth and his siblings were also dead.

He was on hand to introduce his mother, telling audience members who paid at least $5,000 per plate, 'I realize I'm one of the lucky ones.'

The pop star showed videos of Malawi, asking for help to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a hospital there. Fifty percent of the population there is under the age of 15, according to her foundation Raising Malawi.

The night was punctuated by her sardonic humor, corny clown jokes, controversial political statements and heartfelt moments about how much the hospital project means to her. She divulged a few personal details, lamenting that she was very single and hadn't had sex in a long time and saying she'd always had a fascination with clowns which she said are 'profoundly misunderstood.'

She spoke passionately about the plight of Native Americans and asked why their land was being destroyed. 'It just really makes me feel ashamed, ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being really,' she said before launching into 'American Life.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Greatest of All Time: Madonna Is Billboard's No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist

The icon is the queen of the chart's first 40 years. Plus, Pet Shop Boys are the top duo/group & Enrique Iglesias is the top solo male.

Madonna is the No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs artist over the last 40 years, dating to the chart's 1976 inception. The icon reigns thanks largely to her record total of 46 No. 1s, the most of any artist on any single Billboard chart, and her consistently dazzling performance on the tally since her 1982 debut.

In the Dance Club Songs chart's history, in addition to her unmatched 46 No. 1s, Madonna owns the record for the most top 10s: 60. Janet Jackson follows with 33.

Fittingly, following Madonna on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Songs Artists list is Ms. Jackson at No. 2. Rihanna ranks at No. 3, followed by Beyonce (No. 4) and Pet Shop Boys (No. 5), the top duo or group; Depeche Mode (No. 10), Erasure (No. 19) and New Order (No. 25) follow in the duo/group category. Enrique Iglesias, at No. 14 overall, is the top male soloist, followed by Prince (No. 24), Michael Jackson (No. 26) and David Guetta (No. 27).

Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists:
1. Madonna
2. Janet Jackson
3. Rihanna
4. Beyonce
5. Pet Shop Boys

The Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists ranking is based on weekly performance on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, from its Aug. 28, 1976, inception through Aug. 27, 2016. Artists on the all-time chart are ranked based on the combined point totals of all their Dance Club Songs chart entries (with songs ranked based on an inverse point system and weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least; due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras were weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods).

Across four decades, Madonna has kept her sound fresh, current and uniquely her own, all while collaborating with a flurry of writers, producers and remixers. Whether delving into disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, dubstep or EDM, Madonna has burned up Dance Club Songs for 34 years and counting.

Next up, Madonna will be honored as Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year. The 11th annual Women in Music event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, in New York and will air on Lifetime Monday, Dec. 12.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Spends Thanksgiving With Homeless LGBT Youth: 'Everyone Deserves to Be Loved'

Madonna knows the power of love, which she demonstrated on Thursday, when she paid a visit to homeless LGBT youth at a New York City shelter.

The 58-year-old pop icon brought her rebel heart to the children and teens at Brooklyn's Ali Forney Center for Thanksgiving, documenting her random act of kindness in an Instagram pic posted on Friday.

'Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn!' Madonna wrote, explaining that the center is an empowering safe haven for LGBT youth. Named after a gender non-conforming teen who fled his home at age 13, the center cares for more than 1,200 youth who face rejection from their family for their identity.

The center's motivation, she wrote, simply, is 'because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.'

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From ET Via Yahoo! News


Madonna stands by son Rocco Ritchie after reported arrest

Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London.

Madonna released a statement to The Associated Press Wednesday calling the September arrest 'a family matter.'

She said: 'I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.'

Rocco was the subject of a months-long custody dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The couple divorced in 2008. They finally agreed in September to allow Rocco to continue living with his father in London.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Rocco was arrested on Sept. 28.

From Associated Press


Madonna and more celebrities join NYC anti-Trump protests

Star power fueled a handful of New York City anti-Donald Trump protests.

Madonna, Mark Ruffalo, T.I., Meek Mill and Taran Killam were among the famous faces who found themselves in the midst of New York City 'Love Trumps Hate' protests on Wednesday night.

Thousands turned out across cities like New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin and Atlanta to express that they wouldn't buy into the hate that President-elect Trump represents.

Nearly 10,000 protesters marched down Fifth Ave. holding signs that read 'Donald Trump's Victory Doesn't Speak for Me,' 'Wall St. Is The Enemy, Not Muslims or Immigrants,' and 'Liberty For All Americans, Not Hate.'

Madonna - an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter - shared a video of marchers chanting 'Not My President,' with the caption: 'Need to Turn these Words into Action..........So Now What? Us Rebel <3's Unite. N.Y.C. Start A Revolution of <3. Do Not Lose Hope! We will Rise Up! We will Shatter that Glass Ceiling. Do Not Give into Fear. This is the Reality of our collective consciousness. Now more than ever we need to take responsibility!'

From NY Daily News


Clowns are People Too!

Madonna spent Halloween night dressed as a scary clown with her family and friends and posted these pictures and tweets from the night:

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Madonna opens show for Amy Schumer in NYC and tells fans to vote for Hillary

She said what?! Madonna made an extremely NSFW proposition to fans during her opening act for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, October 18.

During the comedian's New York City show, the Queen of Pop made a surprise stand-up appearance, and jokingly offered to perform a sex act on male fans if they cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in November.

'One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy,' Madonna, 58, told the audience moments before Schumer, 35, took the stage. 'If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job - and I'm good!'

Giving fans a thumbs-up, the no-holds-barred entertainer added, 'I take my time, I make lots of eye contact and I do swallow.'

This wasn't the first time the duo shared the Madison Square Garden stage together. Last September, Schumer opened up for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour during three of her NYC stops.

From Us Weekly

'So much fun opening up for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden tonight!!. It was short but it was sweet (like me). I'm forever changed! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Love you Amy!! ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜'

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'Love and Respect this woman so much!! Thanks for letting me get on your stage @amyschumer ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ˜‚'

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34 Years Ago Today....it all started!


Madonna defends BFF Rosie Oโ€™Donnell from Donald Trump

So, you probably watched Mondayโ€™s presidential debate (it kinda feels like the entire world was watching), and chances are you remember the part where Trump slammed Rosie Oโ€™Donnell, whom heโ€™s made derogatory comments about in the past.

To refresh your memory, this is what Trump said exactly: 'I said very tough things to her. And I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'

This came right after Clinton had raised the point that Trump has a history of slandering women ( relevant, because itโ€™s not exactly an ideal quality for the president of the United States).

And then longtime friend Madonna came to Oโ€™Donnellโ€™s defense like a champion! We donโ€™t hear from this superstar very often, but she didnโ€™t waste any time in showing her support.

The two have been friends for years, and in times like these, itโ€™s pretty easy to see why. Trumpโ€™s comments were immature, unnecessary, and uncalled for, and weโ€™re glad that heโ€™s being called out for his behavior in such a graceful way. Quite simply, women deserve better.

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary

On Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles.

The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act.

With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet โ€“ wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress. Her blonde locks down by her side, Madonna accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings, and array of necklaces and a pair of black Alaรฏa ankle boots.

'Just perfect,' the Detroit native wrote on Instagram, of the film after its premiere. 'An inspiring and sobering reminder of this genius band.'

'Epic,' she wrote in another post.

The movie inspired the 'Material Girl' singer to try her hand at her own cover of a classic Beatles tune, singing their 1964 track 'A Hard Day's Night' in an Instagram video with her friends.

From People.com


Madonna arrives in London, visits Rocco's school

Madonna arrived in London on Monday to spend time with Rocco as he went back to school after the holidays. Madonna visited his school and spoke to Rocco's headmistress as well. Madonna later shared a picture of herself wearing an ALICE + OLIVIA Treena pussy-bow silk-blend blouse she wore for the visit.

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Madonna and Ritchie reach custody deal over Rocco

Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have settled a court dispute over the custody of their 16-year-old son Rocco.

A spokesman for the New York State court system said the pair had reached an agreement, but did not reveal with which parent the teenager would live.

Ritchie's lawyer Peter Bronstein said Rocco would continue to live with his father in London.

The dispute arose in December when Rocco ignored a court order to fly back to live with his mother in New York. He has since stayed with his father in the UK capital and enrolled in a school there.

Madonna's lawyers have not commented on the settlement.

In December, a judge ruled that Rocco should return to his mother. But she decided not to issue a warrant to enforce the order, urging the pair to reach an agreement.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan said: 'No-one is disrupting his household other than the inability of the parents to reach a resolution. If they cannot resolve this matter then eventually the court will.'

Madonna and Ritchie married in 2000 and divorced eight years later.

From BBC News


Liz Smith: 'This is stardom. Please stand back'

She came, she saw, she wore red, and she stayed for the whole movie! I do mean our girl Madonna. The iconic M put in a totally surprise appearance at the special screening of director Alek Keshishianโ€™s classic documentary, 'Truth or Dare' at The Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night. (Alek, choreographer Vince Paterson and two of Madonnaโ€™s dancers, Salim Gauwloos and Jose Guitierez, stayed for a Q & A after.)

MoMAโ€™s Joseph A. Berger, who had put together the event - along with other Madonna-themed tributes this month - was totally flabbergasted by La Cicconeโ€™s presence. But that stop didnโ€™t stop him from sticking to his original remarks, which were funny, fierce, personal - he was a 12-year-old gay boy struggling, in 1991, when 'Truth or Dare' hit screens; the daring glimpse into Madonnaโ€™s life - her matter-of-fact embrace of her gay dancers lives and issues - altered his own life and perceptions.

AIDS was still pretty much a death sentence in 1991. There wasnโ€™t much positivity for gay youth. The freewheeling, vibrantly liberated 1970s and early 80s had devolved into fear, loathing and religiously sanctioned indifference. Madonna brazenly danced, sang, spoke up and finger-snapped away a great deal of that darkness.

As for the great star, she looked gorgeous, and upon leaving, she appeared pleased, having watched herself at the white hot pinnacle of her fame. The movie is as political, powerful, funny, cringe-inducing, sexy, gritty, without vanity, totally self-obsessed, artful, artificial, genuine and as awkwardly practiced as ever. Itโ€™s a genius slice of life. And not just her life, or her particular career.

'Truth or Dare' is fashioned as a vehicle to display fame at its most intense, pleasurable, invading and isolating.

A hundred years from now, the 'Vogue' segment alone - Madonna onstage performing, interspersed with scenes of her being mobbed and adored - will be introduced thus: 'This is stardom. Please stand back.'

From www.newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith

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Madonna Celebrates Michael Jacksonโ€™s 58th Birthday

The Queen of Pop is missing her King. Madonna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late friend and fellow superstar Michael Jackson on Monday, August 29, what would have been his 58th birthday.

Her Madgesty, who herself just turned 58 two weeks ago, posted four feels-inducing throwback pics of the pair from the โ€™80s and โ€™90s, including a snap from their iconic red carpet appearance at the 1991 Academy Awards.

'Happy Birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!!' the 'Vogue' singer captioned the collage. '๐Ÿ‘‘ The King! Gone too soon! โค๏ธ โฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃ.'

Jackson tragically passed away in June 2009. That same year, Madonna honored her pal and his chart-topping career during a heartrending speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

'In a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, I went on the internet to watch old clips of him dancing and singing on TV and on stage, and I thought, โ€˜My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare. And there will never be anyone like him again.โ€™ He was a king,' she told the star-studded audience in 2009. 'But he was also a human being, and, alas, we are all human beings, and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them.'

During an October 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, the Material Girl revealed that while she and Jackson made a failed attempt to work together, they ended up spending the entirety of their friendship having fun. 'So thatโ€™s what we were doing: watching movies, having dinner, hanging out, going to the Oscars, being silly, seeing if we could work,' she told the magazine. 'He got relaxed. He took off his sunglasses, had a glass of wine, I got him to laugh.'

From Us Weekly


'It's not too late to make my Birthday Wish Come True!'

'The Candles have been blown. The Cake has been cut, but it's not too late to make my Birthday Wish Come True!! I want to take you on an unforgettable trip to Art Basel. Enter to win and support Raising Malawi: www.omaze.com/madonna'


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Madonna visits Cuba for her birthday

Madonna is the latest celebrity to visit Cuba, dancing in a restaurant for her birthday and touring Havana with her family and friends.

The singer arrived in Havana on Monday. Excited crowds have gathered outside the hotel where she is staying in historic Old Havana, but have caught few glimpses of the 58-year-old star.

Fan Taimi Estrada Joba says she hopes to see Madonna perform a concert in Cuba someday. In her words, 'We are very happy she came.'

A string of U.S. celebrities has visited Havana as part of a boom in tourism set off by the declaration of detente with the U.S. in December 2014. Cuban state media posted enthusiastic reports about Madonna's visit and the Foreign Ministry sent a string of tweets welcoming her.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna's Instagram: 'Married to the Mob!'

Madonna is currently in Italy on holiday and is sharing pictures on her Instagram page from there: 'Married to the Mob! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐ŸŽ‰โฃ'

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'They say there are many worlds all around our own. Packed tight as the cells of your heart....And in those other worlds, the places you love are there, the people you love are there. Perhaps in one of them all wrongs are righted and life is as you wish it. So What if you found the door? And what if you found the key? Because everyone knows this: That the impossible happens once to each of us .......๐Ÿ’˜'

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Madonna moved to tears by case of child rape in Kenya

Pop star Madonna was reduced to tears during a trip to Kenya as she listened to a man describe how his five-year-old daughter had been recently raped by a neighbour in Nairobi's Kibera slum.

The U.S. singer met the man during a visit to Kibera, one of Africa's biggest slums, on Saturday and Sunday. She had gone there to see how she could improve the lives of its residents, a spokesman said.

'This was an incredibly powerful and disturbing conversation about the realities of violence in these people's lives,' said Trevor Neilson, who manages Madonna's Raising Malawi and Ray of Light foundations, and accompanied her on the trip. 'These stories brought Madonna to tears,' Neilson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Madonna also met Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Monday to discuss working with her charity to scale up maternal and child health programs and initiatives against gender violence.

Kenyatta's charity Beyond Zero, which provides mobile clinics offering basic health services to Kenyans in remote areas, recently introduced safe spaces for victims to report gender based violence.

'Her (Madonna's) basic belief is that no child, no woman should be attacked anywhere. Period,' Neilson said. 'There needs to be a bright light shone on this problem, which creates an environment that enables the victims to come forward....and forces law enforcement to pursue these things.'

Constance Gakonyo, the First Lady's chief of staff, said the two women discussed ways of working together but they did not go into detail.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna meets the 'first lady of Kenya' Margaret Kenyatta

The 57-year-old singer songwriter - who is currently visiting Kenya with Shining Hope for Communities, a charitable organisation which links free schools for girls to services for communities such as clean water and free health care, has met with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta - the wife of the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta - to talk about 'eliminating' mortality among mothers and babies.

The 'Ray of Light' singer shared a picture of her alongside Margaret on her Instagram account, which she captioned: 'Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World! happy 4th!'

Meanwhile, the mother of four - who has children Lourdes, 19, and Rocco, 15, as well as her two adopted children Mercy and David, both 10, - has visited Kibera, Africa's biggest slum, during the trip to raise awareness of the poor living conditions in the country.

She also posted a picture of a litter-strewn river and wrote: 'Imagine this is where your water comes from! @shofco is working to change this in Kibera, Africa's largest slum.'

From Yahoo! News

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Madonna And Guy Ritchie Court Date Delayed

The Like A Prayer singer and her ex-husband were due to appear before a judge in New York on Tuesday to decide on the terms of the custody of their son Rocco, 15. But the hearing was adjourned hours before it was due to take place 'on consent of all parties'.

Madonna and her film director ex have been involved in a transatlantic custody row since last December when son Rocco refused to return home to New York after staying with his dad.

After his mother visited him in London, he has since returned to New York, and appears to be dividing his time between the U.S. city and London.

A spokesman for the Manhattan Supreme Court confirmed to Mail Online the hearing was delayed while a court officer said that the case had been 'put over for continued negotiation'.

While a new date for the hearing has not yet been set, editors at Mail Online claim both sides are close to reaching a resolution.

The New York hearing had already been delayed once before as Madonna, 57, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E director Ritchie work through their differences.

From Contactmusic


Madonna's Instagram: 'Stop Hate. Stop Violence.'

Madonna posted these three messages and pictures on her Instagram page after the Orlando terror attack: 'What has happened in Orlando is Devastating. My heart Goes Out to all the Victims of the Shooting and to their Families. Stop Hate Crimes!!!!


Madonna Tops Forbes First-Ever America's Wealthiest Female Musicians List 2016

The title of one of Madonnaโ€™s most popular songs is right on the money: 'Material Girl.' With a personal fortune of $560 million, sheโ€™s one of the richest self-made women in the country - and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of Americaโ€™s Wealthiest Female Musicians.

Though Madonna has been in show business for decades, her earnings power is as strong as ever. Her recently-wrapped Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, adding to her whopping career total: an estimated $1.4 billion on the road alone.

The latest cash infusion adds to a fortune already rich with royalties and the rising value of her real estate portfolio, which includes an outrageously large townhouse on Manhattanโ€™s Upper East Side purchased at the bottom of the market, as well as a fine art collection reportedly featuring the likes of Picasso, Kahlo and Man Ray.

Her secret? 'Iโ€™m a workaholic' she once said. 'I have insomnia. And Iโ€™m a control freak.'

From Forbes.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna, Lourdes and Rocco see off-Broadway show

Madonna took two of her children, 19-year-old Lourdes and 15-year-old Rocco, to the off-Broadway show Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel on Tuesday night, all three wearing masks as they exited the performance.

The popular, sold-out show has audience members famously wear Venetian beak masks, which provides anonymity for celebrities to enjoy the theatrical experience as they roam six different floors and over 100 rooms. Past celeb attendees have included Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling.

Tuesday's outing marks the first time since late last year that Rocco has been back in the United States. The teenager has been living with his father, director Guy Ritchie, in London, despite a court ruling that previously granted Madonna care of him. The 'Rebel Heart' singer and 47-year-old Ritchie have been embroiled in a drawn-out custody battle since December over their son's living arrangements. The two were set to have the custody hearing on the matter on Wednesday, but it was delayed to June 14.

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From ET Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Slams Critics At Black Entertainment Television Over Prince Tribute

The Material Girl singer began her performance to her former flame, who died last month, with a touching rendition of his Nothing Compares 2 U, which became a huge global hit for Sinead O'Connor. Madonna, wearing a lavender suit and ruffled shirt like the ones Prince often performed in, was then joined by Stevie Wonder for a take on the tragic star's Purple Rain anthem.

Critics were quick to take a swipe at the 57-year-old, including a spokesperson for the U.S. cable network, who posted a video on Twitter.com promoting the BET Awards in June and writing, 'Yeah we saw that. Don't worry. We got you.'

The remarks, which have since been deleted, were posted immediately after Madonna's performance at the Billboard Music Awards on 22 May.

Now the pop superstar has fired a sly shot at BET executives in an old photo posted to Instagram.com, in which she is pictured wearing a floral motorcycle jacket and matching hat, posing alongside singer Marilyn.

'Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET lol! God Bless America.'

The singer previously defended herself the morning after she hit the Billboard stage, writing, 'Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.'

From: ww.contactmusic.com


Madonna responds to critics of her Prince tribute

Madonna is dismissing critics of her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards with style.

A day after her performance of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and duet with Stevie Wonder on 'Purple Rain,' the pop singer took to social media Monday and posted a picture of herself in a purple boa with a flower in her teeth.

She wrote that anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to, 'whatever your age gender or skin color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!! I love Prince 4 ever.' She later posed a video of her dancing with a caption that indicated the criticism didn't bother her.

The decision to have Madonna honor Prince sparked criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition in the days before the awards show, with some asking that other musicians more closely aligned to Prince be involved as well. Madonna and Prince collaborated on "Love Song" from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.'

Madonna's performance on Sunday was met by a flurry of tweets complaining about her version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U.' Some were underwhelmed, others found it inappropriate.

BET responded to Madonna's performance on Twitter by advertising its upcoming Prince tribute during their awards show next month, adding the caption 'Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We got you.'

But Roots drummer Questlove, who introduced Madonna's performance, defended her on Twitter, pleading for fans to 'not get ugly' wondering what Prince would approve of.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Billboard producer defends choosing Madonna to honor Prince

The executive producer of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition.

'Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,' Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'I think it's going to be fantastic.'

Madonna and Prince collaborated on 'Love Song' from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.' Bracco didn't say what song Madonna would perform, but said her tribute would be 'really beautiful.'

'It's going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it's something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,' he said.

After the initial announcement earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched. Bracco said that after Prince died on April 21, the show's producers brainstormed ways to honor his legacy. And then Madonna's folks called.

'Honestly her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively,' he said. 'And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.'

The Billboard Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Arianne Phillips: 'I cannot stand by and be silent'

Madonna's stylist and longtime collaborator Arianne Phillips has added her thoughts to the critics of Madonna's Met Ball outfit:

ON MY SOAPBOX....@madonna and @riccardotisci17 together created her met look. I wasn't part of it, however I cannot stand by and be silent. Regardless of what people's opinions are of her choice it is offensive and disturbing that women are chastised for being what society considers 'age appropriate', you don't see the kind of negative and horrible 'age appropriate' comments about the way men dress! It is unheard of we hold women to a different standard.

I support @Madonna in her choices to express herself in her art and who she is. She is a fierce leader, she has made a career based on making fearless bold choices. Young artists today owe a great debt to her trailblazing on many fronts.

I hardly ever comment on posts however I cannot stand by without voicing my support and appreciation for who Madonna is as a woman and artist. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ