We Pray for Peace in Africa, in France, all over the world! 🌍🌎🌏🙏🏻☮💘☮ pic.twitter.com/4fbzC6U3mX— Madonna (@Madonna) July 15, 2016
From 'Vogue' to 'Take a Bow' to 'Ray of Light,' Madonna scored some of her signature hits in the '90s. While most of her '80s pop compatriots struggled to stay on the radio, Madonna more-or-less maintained the same level of stardom throughout the decade, earning just two fewer Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits in the '90s than she did in the '80s.
But between Bedtime Stories and Evita, Madonna experienced her first real career dip. After several years of hypersexual imagery and songwriting (from the 'Justify My Love' video to the Sex book) and some family-unfriendly public appearances (her 1994 Letterman interview in particular), a portion of the American public was exhausted with her by 1995. Puritanical pop listeners might be OK with a heartfelt plea for keeping a baby, but leather and whips is just too much.
While she soon got back on track with a prestige motion picture (Evita) and an elegant ballad collection (Something to Remember), there was one unfortunate musical casualty of her brief lull: 'Human Nature.'
One of the few hip-hop-inflected singles in her discography (it samples a song from Main Source, the same rap group that gave Nas his first on-wax appearance), 'Human Nature' has a deeply funk foundation while maintaining the spacious, thin production common to many '90s R&B hits.
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Madonna met with President Peter Mutharika and is asking for sponsors for nurses and clinical officers at the new Paediatric hospital:
'Join Mercy, David and myself at the NEw Pediatric Surgery Hospital in Blantyre adjacent to Queen Elizabeth hospital. First of all help us think of a name for the hospital and Secondly. Would you like to sponsor a nurse or a clinical officer?? If so check out our website Raising Malawi ❤️'
'Met with His Excellency President Peter Mutharika! We discussed food security, education for girls and staffing for our new Pediatric hospital in Blantyre with Nurses And Clinical Officers.'
Madonna has been sharing more pictures from her trip to Malawi on her Instagram page, this time from her visit to The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the southern city of Blantyre.
'Talking to one of my heroes, Dr. Eric Borgstein in the newly erected Pediatric. Hospital in Blantyre, specializing in surgery and Intensive Care. With love and support we will be up and running in 2017!!'
'Checking in with Mavuto, Sinode and Joyce from the film I Am Because We Are! Happy to see they are all healthy and happy 8 years later. 🎉😂❤️❤️'
'Love is All we Need! 💛💚💙❤️'
'Taking a tour of the new Pediatric Hospital. The first of its kind in Malawi! 😂🎉🎉🎉❤️❤️'
Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children's wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country's largest city, Blantyre.
The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the paediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.
'This new facility is the first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,' said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. 'In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized paediatric care.'
Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children's wing.
'We don't have a name,' she said, 'but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.'
Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.
'It's going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,' she said. 'So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.'
Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: 'I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.'
The children's unit will include Malawi's first paediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children's surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.
From AP Via Yahoo! News
Madonna has been sharing lots of pictures on her Instagram page from her family trip to Malawi, including David receiving his Ngoni tribal name:
'A Warm Welcome at Home Of Hope Orphanage in Michingi 💛 Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa'
'We have forgotten our humanity.. that we are on this road together. Each of us sparks of the same soul.. And if this ship goes down we all go down together. pray for peace in the World ☮'
'David Receives his Ngoni tribal name in his ancestral village. 😂🎉@
'Discussing Responsibility. One must live up to their name! 💙💚💛❤️🇰🇪🇰🇪'
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 children’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 country’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
I'll take the Road Less Travelled by! ❤️🇰🇪 Oh Africa! pic.twitter.com/CDu78oqQYN— Madonna (@Madonna) July 7, 2016
With the Samburu tribe in the Kikuyu valley! 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪 Kenya! pic.twitter.com/d4Z7fazI4v— Madonna (@Madonna) 6 July 2016
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
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!
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
Madonna has arrived in Africa with the following post on Instagram and the message to 'Follow my new account www.instagram.com/raisingmalawi and find out what we are doing next and how and what you can do to help!'
Good Morning Kenya! 💚😂🐗🐒🐯. pic.twitter.com/GcXMq1LVmX— Madonna (@Madonna) 3 July 2016
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the True Blue album, Madonna posted this message alongside a picture of her performing True Blue on the Rebel Heart Tour.
Still True Blue to all my fans! Thanks for all your support! 💙 30 years later! 🙏🏻🎉😂 pic.twitter.com/MCxDAm74J1— Madonna (@Madonna) 1 July 2016
Madonna has joined her children in London this week, and visited the Chiltern Firehouse with them on Thursday night. Madonna later posted a picture on her Instagram page of Lourdes and Rocco together in London.
Disco Nights...........💃🏻🏃💘😂 pic.twitter.com/rrzgBFUKCF— Madonna (@Madonna) 1 July 2016
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 Madgesty’s Material Girl clothing line for Macy’s.
'I died [when I got the call]! I’m in music, so I’ve been watching all of Madonna’s music videos my whole life. And I’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, it’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, I’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. 'I’m choosing the photographers, the locations for the shoots, putting outfits together. I’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 [Madonna’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 we’re alike in that way.'
Aside from emulating Madonna’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 they’re like, ‘You have to perform your show a different way because we’re in this certain place,’ and she is like, ‘No, this me as a person. I’m an artist and this is what I want to do. I’m not changing my show,’' the pop ingénue 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 it’s just like you have to stick to who you are and just do you.'
Although Pia hasn’t met the Material Girl herself in person yet ('I honestly don’t know what I would do!'), she’s already dreaming about collaborating with her in the recording studio....well, maybe. 'That would be just like - oh, I’d pass out,' she joked. 'I’d pass out in the booth!'
Until then, Pia is fully focused on making Madonna proud from afar. 'I think it’s dope, just because I’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. I’m giving this my all.'
From Us Weekly
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.
'Do you think you could get a bill passed through legislation before you leave office that would make it illegal for people to be overly literal in social media?? 😂 please Mr. President
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!!!!
Love is Love. Stop Hate Crimes. 🙏🏻 Any form of terrorism is a form of Hate! pic.twitter.com/jBMOudzNMM— Madonna (@Madonna) 12 June 2016
Madonna shared some more pictures and thoughts after her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on her Instagram account:
'Fun Factor 💯 on The Tonight Show! Thank You Jimmy Fallon 🎉💘 🎤🎬'
'I love this Man! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Jimmy Fallon'
'Ok I'll sing Borderline if you let me do stand up next time I'm on your show! 😉 shhhh don't tell my manager. 🎤😷🏃🏃🏃 Jimmy Fallon'
She’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. 'I’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 track’s iconic music video and wowed the crowd with powerful live vocals.
From Us Weekly
Finally! Madonna’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 Don’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 I’m too shocking to be there. I’m serious. If I was a little bit more demure…or if I was just married to Jay Z. Hey, if Jay would only take me as his second wife, then I’d score an invitation. '
As it turns out, the singer didn’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 ’m Speechless………..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
For Once I 'm Speechless..............😷🇺🇸. pic.twitter.com/wWGs4cBiQb— Madonna (@Madonna) 8 June 2016
Madonna set to perform on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' Thursday, June 9 (11:35 p.m. ET on NBC). Thursday’s episode will also feature President Barack Obama’s first 'Tonight Show' appearance.
'Where else besides ‘The Tonight Show’ 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 America’s #1 late-night talk show, out delivering his time-period competition on the broadcast networks in every key ratings category.
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.'
'What is going on??!! We are losing all of our National Treasures. Our Pillars of Humanity. He was the Greatest! 💘'
'2 Much Greatness! 💛💜💛💜💛💜💔'
The title of one of Madonna’s most popular songs is right on the money: 'Material Girl.' With a personal fortune of $560 million, she’s one of the richest self-made women in the country - and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of America’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 Manhattan’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? 'I’m a workaholic' she once said. 'I have insomnia. And I’m a control freak.'
From Forbes.com - thanks to Micheal
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 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.
From ET Via Yahoo! News
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.'
Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET. 😂. lol! God Bless America. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Ucb0peEfqJ— Madonna (@Madonna) 29 May 2016
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 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 Wonder☔️💜☔️💜🙏🏻. #luckiestgirlintheworld'
'Such an Amaaaaaaaaaazing Moment for Me! Thanks to all who made it happen!!! 💜☔️🙏🏻.'
'His Purple Heart was there in spirit. Long may He Reign! 💜☔️👑'
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 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
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.
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.'
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.
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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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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! 💘💘💘💘 Bitch She's Madonna'
'So Much to Deal With When You're A Mother!! 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃💘'
UK newspapers the Evening Standard and Metro both reported on Madonna's statement about her choice of dress for the Met Ball Gala:
When A drunk person accidentally steps on your thumb! 🍾😁🔫 pic.twitter.com/1GWULjrGuP— Madonna (@Madonna) 5 May 2016
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. 👊🏼
Its been 7 hours and 13 days since you took your love away...all the flowers you planted died when you went away...👑 pic.twitter.com/AP4JELupfc— Madonna (@Madonna) 4 May 2016
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 me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! 🙏'