Madonna, pop music's quick-change artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday and paid tribute to people who encouraged her and even critics who panned her for helping drive her career.
Madonna recalled key moments of her career, from playing her demo tape for record company president Seymour Stein when he was in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV, to her shock at looking out from the stage at thousands of girls dressed like her. 'It freaked me out,' she said.
She fondly remembered a teacher who encouraged her to follow her dreams when she was only 14, and said she's lucky to have people around her that are still doing that.
Even the people who 'said I was talentless, that I was chubby, that I couldn't sing, that I was a one-hit wonder, they helped me, too,' she said. 'They inspired me because they made me question myself repeatedly and pushed me to be better.'
Singer Justin Timberlake, who helped produce Madonna's upcoming album, inducted her with an innuendo-laden speech.
'The world is full of Madonna wannabes. I might have even dated a couple,' said Britney Spears' ex. 'But there is truly only one Madonna.'
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