Madonna takes adopted children on visit home to Malawi

Pop diva Madonna and her two adopted Malawian children have flown into the impoverished southern African nation to inspect a hospital project she is funding there, her charity Raising Malawi said Friday.

It is the first time in nearly two years that Madonna has visited the country, where she has at times been embroiled in controversy after her adoption of David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.

She is reportedly the biggest individual donor to childrenโ€™s projects such as orphanages in Malawi, which is ranked by the UN Human Development Index as one of the world's 20 least developed countries.

Her latest project is a 50-bed surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre, complete with three operating theatres, a day clinic and the countryโ€™s first paediatric intensive care unit.

'The facility being funded by Madonna will greatly assist us because it will be particularly equipped for children's surgery,' paediatric specialist Eric Borgstein told AFP.

Borgstein, who is a partner in Raising Malawi and one of just three paediatric surgeons in the country, said the unit would double the hospital's capacity for surgery on children.

The current intensive care unit of the poorly-equipped hospital, which was built in 1958 and serves the 600,000 population in Blantyre, has just four beds.

Madonna, who has reportedly rented the entire upmarket Kumbali Country Lodge near the capital Lilongwe to ensure her privacy, will visit the project on Sunday. It is due to be completed by the end of the year.

From AFP via Yahoo! News


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 with Kenya's First Lady to promote female empowerment

Madonna celebrated Independence Day by promoting 'female empowerment' for women around the world.

The queen of pop is in Kenya, Africa, raising awareness for various causes, including the Beyond Zero campaign.

Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of Kenya, set up the initiative to help mothers and children overcome HIV-related issues and it's been so successful that in 2014 she was named UN Person of the Year.

Fellow philanthropist Madonna, who is a goodwill ambassador for Child Welfare in Malawi, as well as the founder of the charity Raising Malawi - which aims to prevent extreme poverty and hardship by Malawi's orphans - met Margaret recently, and shared a photo of the pair on Instagram as the U.S. celebrates its national holiday, Independence Day.

'Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya!' the 57-year-old pop star captioned the shot of them both. '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!'

Over the weekend Madonna visited Africa's largest slum Kibera and spent time with its young dwellers.

Her trip was in aid of Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit organisation aiming to provide girls in Kenyan slums with free education, health care, food and psychological services.

From Cover Media / Yahoo!


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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Pia Mia Reveals Why Madonna Let Her Take Over as Material Girlโ€™s Fashion Director

Growing up on the small Pacific island of Guam, Pia Mia never imagined that she would one day become a budding style icon, let alone be handpicked by Madonna as the first-ever fashion director of Her Madgestyโ€™s Material Girl clothing line for Macyโ€™s.

'I died [when I got the call]! Iโ€™m in music, so Iโ€™ve been watching all of Madonnaโ€™s music videos my whole life. And Iโ€™ve seen her documentary Truth or Dare a million times,' the 19-year-old singer told Us Weekly exclusively during a run-through of an upcoming Material Girl collection on June 15. 'Just being inspired by her musically and then having her pick me as her first-ever fashion director, itโ€™s like blowing my mind right now.'

Pia, equally known for her unique image as she is for her powerhouse vocals, dished to Us about the responsibilities bestowed upon her by the Queen of Pop.

'As the first fashion director, Iโ€™m basically putting my personal stamp on the clothes and looking at the line sheets and making the changes to pieces that have already been created before I got involved with the brand,' the style-minded musician explained of her exciting new role. 'Iโ€™m choosing the photographers, the locations for the shoots, putting outfits together. Iโ€™m basically touching everything.'

Asked why Madonna, 57, trusted her to hand over creative control of the brand (which the music magnate launched in August 2010 with daughter Lourdes, 19), Pia pointed out that she and the superstar share a similar sartorial savvy.

'I think [Madonnaโ€™s] influenced my style just in the perspective of not caring what anyone else thinks,' the 'Do It Again' songstress - whose wardrobe staples include bandannas, thigh-high boots, checkered flannels and diamond grills - told Us, 'and wearing whatever makes you feel comfortable. I think weโ€™re alike in that way.'

Aside from emulating Madonnaโ€™s fearless approach to fashion, Pia has made a concerted effort to follow in the 'Express Yourself' hitmaker's footsteps when it comes to maintaining authenticity as an artist.

'One of the one things that I love most about Madonna is that in the Truth or Dare movie, when the [Toronto] police come backstage and theyโ€™re like, โ€˜You have to perform your show a different way because weโ€™re in this certain place,โ€™ and she is like, โ€˜No, this me as a person. Iโ€™m an artist and this is what I want to do. Iโ€™m not changing my show,โ€™' the pop ingรฉnue recalled in awe. 'I thought that was so cool because I feel the same way. Because people are constantly trying to change who other people are, and itโ€™s just like you have to stick to who you are and just do you.'

Although Pia hasnโ€™t met the Material Girl herself in person yet ('I honestly donโ€™t know what I would do!'), sheโ€™s already dreaming about collaborating with her in the recording studio....well, maybe. 'That would be just like - oh, Iโ€™d pass out,' she joked. 'Iโ€™d pass out in the booth!'

Until then, Pia is fully focused on making Madonna proud from afar. 'I think itโ€™s dope, just because Iโ€™ve loved Material Girl for so long,' she raved to Us. 'And just to be able to work with one of my idols and a brand that I love is so perfect. Iโ€™m giving this my all.'

From Us Weekly


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's Instagram: 'Fun Factor ๐Ÿ’ฏ on The Tonight Show!'

Madonna shared some more pictures and thoughts after her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on her Instagram account:

'Fun Factor ๐Ÿ’ฏ on The Tonight Show! Thank You Jimmy Fallon ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’˜ ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽฌ'

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'I love this Man! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Jimmy Fallon'

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'Ok I'll sing Borderline if you let me do stand up next time I'm on your show! ๐Ÿ˜‰ shhhh don't tell my manager. ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ Jimmy Fallon'

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Madonna performs Borderline on The Tonight Show

Sheโ€™s got the best of Us! Madonna made a surprise appearance on the Thursday, June 9, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a slowed-down version of her 1983 smash 'Borderline.'

Before the superstar, 57, took the stage to belt out the very first top 10 hit of her career - which was the fifth single off her eponymous debut album - Jimmy Fallon told his studio audience how much he cherished Her Madgesty.

'She recently wrapped her wildly successful Rebel Heart Tour, which grossed over $190 million, making her the highest grossing solo touring artist in the world,' the late-night host, 41, said before he introduced the singer. 'Oh, I love her so much!'

At the end of her set, the pop diva had fun with Fallon by lying on the ground with him. 'Iโ€™ve been waiting all night for this,' the mom of four said over the sound of screaming fans, gazing up at the Saturday Night Live alum. 'Go ahead and push me over the borderline,' she joked.

The Grammy winner, who donned a menswear-inspired ensemble, complete with a necktie and leather glovelets, reprised some of the dance moves from the trackโ€™s iconic music video and wowed the crowd with powerful live vocals.

From Us Weekly


Madonna Meets President Obama at Last!

Finally! Madonnaโ€™s wish to meet Barack Obama was granted on Wednesday when she was introduced to the President of the United States during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Talking to Us Weekly exclusively last year for a 25 Things You Donโ€™t Know About Me feature, the Material Girl revealed that Obama, 54, was the one person she really wanted to meet.

'The person I most want to meet is President Obama,' she said. 'When the heck am I going to meet him? He just needs to invite me to the White House already. He probably thinks Iโ€™m too shocking to be there. Iโ€™m serious. If I was a little bit more demureโ€ฆor if I was just married to Jay Z. Hey, if Jay would only take me as his second wife, then Iโ€™d score an invitation. '

As it turns out, the singer didnโ€™t have to wait for an invite to the White House - because Fallon made the dream meeting take place, backstage at his late show, where the President was filming an interview, inviting Madonna along for a musical appearance.

'For Once I โ€™m Speechlessโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ..President Obama @jimmyfallon,' the 57-year-old musician captioned the photographic evidence of the meeting which she shared via Instagram. In the photo, Madonna, who is wearing a black shirt and a black and white tie, looks demure and in shock as she stands in front of a blurred Obama.

In another photo, shared later in the night, the two are seen posing with their arms around one another, both smiling broadly.

The episode, which will air today, Thursday, June 9, is being hailed as a 'one of a kind' show by NBC.

From Us Weekly Via Yahoo! News


Madonna to be on Jimmy Fallonโ€™s TV show with President Obama

Madonna set to perform on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' Thursday, June 9 (11:35 p.m. ET on NBC). Thursdayโ€™s episode will also feature President Barack Obamaโ€™s first 'Tonight Show' appearance.

'Where else besides โ€˜The Tonight Showโ€™ and New York City can you have the President and the Queen on one show?,' said Jimmy Fallon.

'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' is Americaโ€™s #1 late-night talk show, out delivering his time-period competition on the broadcast networks in every key ratings category.

From Madonna.com


Madonna pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

With the news of Muhammad Ali's death reaching the world in the past few hours, Madonna has been joining in paying tribute to the man:

'This Man. This King. This Hero. This Human! Words cannot express. I'm devastated. God Bless Him.'

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'What is going on??!! We are losing all of our National Treasures. Our Pillars of Humanity. He was the Greatest! ๐Ÿ’˜'

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'2 Much Greatness! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’”'

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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 prevails in copyright lawsuit over 'Vogue' song

Pop singer Madonna prevailed on Thursday in a copyright lawsuit over her song 'Vogue' that alleged a producer copied a fraction-of-a-second segment of horns from an earlier song.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a general audience would not recognize the 0.23-second snippet in 'Vogue' as originating from the song "Love Break."

Attorneys for the plaintiff, VMG Salsoul LLC, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A producer of 'Vogue,' Shep Pettibone, also recorded 'Love Break' in the early 1980's, according to the court ruling.

VMG Salsoul owns the copyright to 'Love Break' and alleged Pettibone sampled the 'horn hit' from the earlier work and added it to 'Vogue.'

The three-judge 9th Circuit panel ruled 2-1 in favor of Madonna, Pettibone and other defendants including Warner Bros Records. Dissenting Judge Barry Silverman said even a small sample of music, used without a license, should be a copyright violation.

'In any other context, this would be called theft,' Silverman wrote.

An attorney for Madonna could not immediately be reached for comment.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


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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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


Madonna's Instagram: #luckiestgirlintheworld

Madonna posted three pictures from her night paying tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards on her Instagram account:

An Epic Moment for Me to sing in honor of Prince with Stevie Wonderโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป. #luckiestgirlintheworld'

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'Such an Amaaaaaaaaaazing Moment for Me! Thanks to all who made it happen!!! ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป.'

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'His Purple Heart was there in spirit. Long may He Reign! ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘'

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Madonna, Kesha, Dion rule the stage at emotional Billboard Awards

Madonna paid tribute to Prince, Kesha earned a standing ovation for her stirring rendition of 'It Ain't Me, Babe' honoring Bob Dylan, and Celine Dion dedicated her Icon award to her late husband at Sunday night's emotion-packed Billboard Music Awards.

The three-hour live telecast from Las Vegas stuck to its tradition of a performance-heavy annual show featuring top recording stars in spectacular production numbers.

Britney Spears kicked things off, dazzling in a daring red outfit for a medley of her hits.

Canadian singer The Weeknd dedicated the first award to Prince, the Grammy-winning pop superstar best known for such hits as 'Purple Rain' and 'Let's Go Crazy,' who died at his Minnesota home in April aged 57.

'I want to dedicate this award to the late great Prince,' The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), said in accepting the Top Hot 100 Artist award.

Madonna ended the show with a Prince tribute that included 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' before she was joined by Stevie Wonder for 'Purple Rain' as the audience rose to its feet, arms gently swaying above their heads and singing along.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


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.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News

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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.

From Billboard.com


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.'

From Billboard.com


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


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.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna's Instagram: Mother's Day with Madonna

Madonna celebrated Mother's Day in the US on her Instagram page today, sharing a picture of her Mother and one of herself:

'Respect and Honor to this Amazing Creature....Happy Mother's Day! ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜ Bitch She's Madonna'

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'So Much to Deal With When You're A Mother!! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’˜'

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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


Madonna hits back at Met Ball critics

Madonna hit back at all the negativity in the media about her Met Ball outfit in this Instagram post:

'We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road less travelled by. That's how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind meโ€ผ๏ธ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel โค๏ธ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! ๐Ÿ™'

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Madonna Admits It's 'Hard to Pee' In Her Met Gala Outfit

Madonna is going to do the 2016 Met Gala her way! As soon as the red carpet veteran arrived to tonight's star-studded event, fans couldn't help but admire the singer's outfit from the front.

From the knee-high boots, matching nail polish and jewelry headpiece, there were plenty of elements to oooh and ahhh over.

But as soon as she turned around, that's when people really started talking.

While wearing a black ensemble by Riccardo Tisci, Madonna couldn't help but show off her backside while posing for the camera.

If you thought the Grammy winner was afraid to walk in her revealing outfit, you don't know Madonna.

'No, I wasn't nervous,' the singer shared on Live! From the Red Carpet when looking back on her first Met Gala back in 1997. She did admit, however, that this year's look has made it 'hard to pee.'

With this year marking her sixth time at the fashionable event, what could the veteran be looking forward to this time around? 'The bread sticks,' she shared with E! News' Zuri Hall.

We warned you, Madonna does it her way!

From E! Online


Madonna at the 2016 #MetBall

Madonna attended the Met Ball Gala in New York City on Monday night, and she shared these pictures on her Instagram account from the event.

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