On Saturday, the pop icon was named the newest recipient of the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in honor of a lifetime of accelerating LGBTQ acceptance in popular culture and beyond. 'Growing up I always felt like an outsider, like I didn’t fit in. It wasn’t because I didn’t shave under my armpits, I just didn’t fit in,' Madonna, 60, said in her acceptance speech, after being introduced by A League of Their Own costar Rosie O’Donnell.
In her speech, the singer also paid tribute to her first dance teacher and mentor.
'The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn,' she said. 'He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me. That made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and as a human being. I know this sounds trivial and superficial but he was the first man to tell me that I was beautiful.'
Madonna added, 'He took me to my first gay club in downtown Detroit. I told my dad I was having a sleepover at a girlfriend’s house - that got me grounded for the rest of the summer.'
And later the star honored her other close friends who died.
'After I lost my best friend and roommate Martin Burgoyne and then Keith Haring, happy birthday Keith, I decided to take up the bull horn and really fight back,' Madonna said.
GLAAD is the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer media advocacy organization.
The GLAAD Media Awards honor artists, journalists, film and television programs and other forms of media for fair and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community. The ceremony will take place over two days beginning on March 28 in Los Angeles and culminating with the presentation of Madonna’s honor in New York City on May 4.
Madonna has made innumerable contributions to LGBTQ visibility, including her continued employment and support of LGBTQ backup dancers, speaking out against bullying of LGBTQ youth and related suicide, and boycotting the Boy Scouts of America for their LGBTQ-exclusionary policies (to name a few).
'Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally,' said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD’s president and chief executive. 'From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted. Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds.'
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'I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer, she said.
'Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.'
She remarked that male artists had more freedom than females. 'Wait a minute, isn't Prince running around with fishnets and high heels and lipstick with his butt hanging out?' Yes, he was. But he was a man.'
Madonna also remembered being criticized for setting feminism back. 'So I thought, 'oh, if you're a feminist, you don't have sexuality, you deny it.' So I said 'f--k it. I'm a different kind of feminist. I'm a bad feminist.''
'I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around,' she explained. 'Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I'm still standing. I'm one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings.'
What it Feels Like For A Girl! 💁😎👑 ! BillBoard Awards Here I Come! 🎉💘😂🍾 pic.twitter.com/eWa3UlSzGj— Madonna (@Madonna) 9 December 2016
Thank you BillBoard for honoring me!! 🙏🏻 it was good to speak my mind! 😂😁😷 🎉🍾🎉🍾🎉🍾💘🍾🎉🍾🎉🍾💘🎉 pic.twitter.com/YKRM86hb06— Madonna (@Madonna) 10 December 2016
When Madonna walked into Guy’s home office that day, her little son, Rocco, was perched on her hip. She told me that my audition was funny and that I’d be good in the movie, and I just tried to keep breathing. I assume it was in that moment that Guy concluded I’d be the perfect, nubile idiot to cast in Swept Away. I won the part. The next few weeks were surreal for all of us. I had seen Madonna in concert as a teenager and had splurged on tickets for her Staples Center show scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, that concert was postponed as the world came undone. But a couple of weeks after we met, I watched Madonna finish her Drowned World Tour. Before the music began that night, she started with a prayer for peace: 'If you want to change the world, change yourself,' she told the crowd. Through tears, I sang along for the entire show.
Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to work alongside her - as I did in Malta during those next couple of months - understands why Madonna is Madonna.
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Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award.
'Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,' said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. 'With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who's used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.
From her Prince tribute alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards to her political Met Gala appearance to her indelible commentary on the 2016 election, Madonna has remained a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year.
Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.
In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She's earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.
In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real change in the world. Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.
The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard's Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
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Sitting atop a purple throne, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' which Prince wrote and Sinead O'Connor recorded. She as teary-eyed as she sang the song, videos and photos of Prince projected behind her.
Wonder, in a purple scarf, later joined her for 'Purple Rain' as the audience at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas sang along.
'Most of all, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for all that you've given us,' Madonna said after the performance.
Prince died on April 21 at age 57. The icons collaborated on 'Love Song' in 1989 and Madonna was met with criticism online when Billboard announced she would be the one to pay homage to The Purple One. Some felt she should not do the tribute alone, and others said a black artist should be involved.
'All of us live in the land of music and his departure was an earthquake,' Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson said before the performance. 'I just want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rogers Nelson.'
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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.
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.'
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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She was up against Paul McCartney, Prince, Steven Tyler, Stevie Wonder in this category.
The alluring, post-apocalyptic song could well shape up to be a hit for Madonna, and she and Swift shared the stage with the ease of kindred spirits. Later in the night, Madonna presented Swift with the song of the year award for 'Shake It Off,' and Swift thanked 'Madonna for being Madonna.'
Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line will all perform along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more to be announced. This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.
'This is the night we celebrate the biggest songs and artists we played for fans on our iHeartRadio stations across America and on the iHeartRadio app over the past year, along with a look at what's coming in 2015,' said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. 'And who better to host than both a Grammy winning musician and Oscar winning performer Jamie Foxx? This is going to be an amazing star packed Sunday night of music on NBC.'
The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards air live Sunday, March 29th at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, and will be broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.
The 56-year-old was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders.
In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, taped on Thursday, the star said: 'I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.'
She added: 'I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times.'
The singer blamed her fall on a wardrobe malfunction, saying her cape had been tied too tightly, meaning it could not be unfastened in time.
'Everyone was worried my cape would slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck,' explained the singer.
'I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string, and it wouldn't come undone. I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.'
The star recovered and finished her performance, which was the finale of the Brit Awards - where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners.
She refused to watch a replay of the incident on Jonathan Ross's show, which will be broadcast on ITV on Saturday 14 March.
'It was a nightmare,' she said, 'I actually created a horror show for everyone.'
The star added that she would not be recreating the performance on her forthcoming tour.
'No more capes. Cape fear is over.'
From BBC News
The star's red and black cloak was 'too tight' and made her fall over, she told her three million followers on Instagram.
Alongside a picture of the cloak that caused the embarrassing slip-up, Madonna wrote: 'Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! livingforlove.'
The Queen of Pop was closing the Brit Awards ceremony when the fall took place.
When her backing dancers tried to pull off her cloak, the artist was dragged backwards before falling to the floor with a bang.
The dancers, who were dressed as demons, looked on in shock before Madonna got back up and went on with the show.
Fans took to Twitter to show their support after Madonna's fall.
User Louise Houghton wrote: 'Big respect to Madonna BRITAwards for carrying on so professionally & giving an awesome performance. Please don't slate her.'
Melanie Redmond tweeted: 'Oh my god. Madonna. That fall. I feel so bad for you but you did sing about stumbling. And you really did more than that, you crash landed.'
Another wrote: 'I'm sweating with anxiety for the cape puller who will perish in the flames tonight.'
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8:03 - Taylor Swift
8:22 - Sam Smith
8:38 - Royal Blood
8:53 - Ed Sheeran
9:09 - Kanye West
9:25 - Take That
9:38 - George Ezra
9:51 - Paloma Faith
10:09 - Madonna
The singer's rendition of 'Living for Love' found her being handed off among a mosaic of men dressed as bulls, destroying some '80s-throwback choreography and still hitting every word during the six-minute performance (atop a recorded vocal track, of course). Anyone who says Madonna isn't still the master at 56 years old has not been paying attention.
The Queen of Pop lifted her skirt as she walked away from photographers during arrivals on Sunday night - revealing her bottom clothed in just fishnet tights and a black thong.
Madonna, 56, told US presenter Ryan Seacrest on his radio show the next morning she had been inspired to create her own wardrobe malfunction.
Madonna said: 'I had an inspired wardrobe malfunction moment. As I was walking away, I wasn't mooning - I just lifted my dress up. Mooning is like naked butt. Everyone's seen my naked butt already. Not for a while, not since the '90s. It's the age of ass, isn't it? It was me having fun and being cheeky, no pun intended.'
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During a mostly dull Grammy awards, Madonna provided a ray of high-fashion light. We have designer Riccardo Tisci and stylist B. Akerlund to thank. Tisci collaborated with Akerlund and Madonna on two custom Givenchy Haute Couture looks - a pastel and black corset dress for the red carpet and a crimson leotard, jacket, and cape for the stage - that brought something extra to the ceremony in a way only Madonna can.
'Madonna is a real life friend and working with her is always effortless, like collaborating with family,' Tisci explained. 'We created a Matador inspired set of Haute Couture pieces to match her theme of 'Living for Love.' I loved the idea of her as this Givenchy warrior in full Couture embroidery and color blocking.' Tisci’s creations took 50 people 2500 hours of hand-beading the couture tradition, according to Akerlund, but it was worth it. 'M is famous for knowing how to take a risk in multiple fields at the same time, and as usual, we all saw how it pays off,' Tisci said of the performance.
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Madonna being helped out of her boots during her costume change at the Grammys.
The 25-year-old singer was petrified the 'Like A Virgin' hitmaker would not live up to her expectations and after being told the 56-year-old star had heaped praise on her music, saying she cannot get her songs out of her head, the blonde beauty refused to believe it was true.
When told about Madonna's positive comments on the red carpet at the ceremony at the Los Angeles Staples Center last night, she told 'Access Hollywood': 'Stop, I will pass out! You can't, don't be lying. Oh my God, I've been so scared to meet her, because it means too much to me. When she first said something nice about me in the press a couple of weeks ago, I was like, 'There's no way it's real, it' too good to be real.'
Earlier in the evening, Madonna admitted she was a huge fan of the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' hitmaker's 'catchy' songs. She said: 'She writes some damn catchy pop songs. Can't get them out of my head.'
Despite Taylor's nerves, she did finally manage to muster up the courage to meet the music legend. She tweeted: 'Madonna is now a person I've met. #TheGrammys'
Madonna appeared equally as pleased to meet the 'Shake It Off' songstress as she took to Twitter to post a picture of the pair embracing at the ceremony. She wrote: 'Shaking it up back stage at the Grammy's with Taylor!! #livingforlove'
A suspect was arrested in Israel last month and charged with hacking into the Queen of Pop's computer and leaking songs from her upcoming Rebel Heart album in December.
The hacking prompted Madonna to share a handful of tracks nearly three months before the album's intended March release, but the Music hitmaker admits the incident actually helped her make improvements.
During an interview with U.S. host Ryan Seacrest on the E! Live from the Red Carpet special before the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Madonna said, 'It was an interesting process, because it was kinda like the music came out unready and people commented on it and even though I was p**sed that I got hacked and s**t got leaked I was like, 'Ooh, I better change this'. It actually helped guide me a little bit.'
The superstar confirmed rumours that she'd be at this month's ceremony on Twitter.
She posted: 'Hello to all my UK Rebel Hearts. See you at the Brits on Feb 25th'.
The 56-year-old also tweeted a picture of a Brit Award wrapped in wire - a reference to her latest album cover... cool huh?
The official Brit Awards Twitter page is excited too, posting alongside hearts and smiley emojis: 'Just added the one and only @Madonna to the lineup'.
Madonna recently confirmed she'll be performing at this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday 08 February.
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The Queen of Pop is '99 per cent confirmed' to take to the stage to perform at the event in February, reported the Daily Mirror.
A source said the Girl Gone Wild singer has 'cleared her diary' for the ceremony, which she last performed at in 1995.
'Madonna wants to perform to the biggest number of people for the maximum impact and there's no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits,' said the insider.
'She has already confirmed she will perform at the Grammys, when she will debut the new music. But her album is due out on March 9, a month after the LA ceremony, so she wants another large platform to perform her songs on just before it is released.'
It's thought Madonna, 56, will perform tracks from her new album Rebel Heart at the Brits, which will take place on February 25 at the O2 Arena in London.
However, a spokeswoman for the star said it was 'just speculative' at this stage.
Before the Brits, Madonna will be on stage at the Grammys at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 8.
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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and country star Eric Church will also perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
Grande, who is nominated for two awards, will make her Grammy debut. Church is nominated for four honors, while Sheeran has three, including album of the year for 'x.'
Beyonce, Sam Smith and Pharrell are the leaders in nominations with six apiece. The three pop stars, along with Sheeran, will compete with Beck for album of the year.
The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS.
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'Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th at The GRAMMYs #GRAMMYs #rebelheart'
During a performance of their critically-acclaimed single 'Same Love' which features Mary Lambert, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were joined on stage by Queen Latifah who officiated the marriages of 33 couples as the rest of the star-studded audience looked on. Madonna was then introduced to the stage as she sang part of her hit 'Open Your Heart' before duetting with Lambert.
It seems there wasn't a dry at the Nokia Theatre or at home as the couples tied the knot on live television, and viewers flooded Twitter with some positive reactions to the emotional ceremony.
@arianaaa2 tweeted: 'The @macklemore and @Madonna same love performance/wedding ceremony was amazing #samelove #inspiring #GRAMMYs,' while @krisily gushed: 'Ok totally worth the wait 33 couples got married at the Grammy's by Queen Latifah and Macklemore & Madonna sang at their wedding! #SameLove.' Admitting to getting a little teary, @nerdixie commented: 'I cried at the part where the couples got married. I WANT MADONNA TO SING AT MY WEDDING TOO,' while @erickstheone said: 'Never been a fan of the song, but performance was amazing. Plus, who wouldn't love Madonna at your wedding??'
During the performance, Queen Latifah said: 'This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us. I hope this is inspiration to all the rappers out there and hip hop artists out there that they can continue to tackle any subjects you want.'
Ryan Lewis' sister also got wed during the ceremony.
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The duo even coordinated outfits for their mother-son outing: 'We're both working the Ralph Lauren angle,' Madonna told Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet. Spring 2014 Collection, to be exact.
And Madonna had an equally special stylist for the event. Because it was also David!
'For this look, I followed his lead. He dressed me tonight,' the Material Girl revealed. 'He wanted me to dress like him, so I obeyed him.'
Madge accessorized the outfit with a cane (a result of a dance injury) and, of course, a grill.
'Yeah, I'm grillin'. It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that's why I wear it,' she said, before explaining that she wears a grill 'when it matches my outfit. When I don't have to eat. Actually, I've learned to eat with my grill in.'
No grills for David though. 'She said she'd get me grills for this birthday,' he protested, before Madonna got all maternal and chimed in, 'I know, but we haven't had time. We have to go to the dentist to get a mold!'
From E! Online
They are joined by a number of top acts, including Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Thursday. The gala will be held June 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Also nominated are Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Donovan, Cat Stevens and Harry Wayne Casey.
Nonperforming songwriter nominees include 'Midnight Train to Georgia' writer Jim Weatherly, Motown songwriter William 'Mickey' Stevenson and country music songwriters Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson.
Mark James, the writer behind 'Always on My Mind' - covered by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson - is also nominated alongside Don Robertson, Graham Gouldman and Tony Macaulay. Writing duos Hugo & Luigi, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, and Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham will also compete.
Eligible voters can select two nominees from the list of songwriter-performers and three nonperforming songwriters. Voting ends Dec. 16.
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* Top Touring Artist
* Top Dance Artist
* Top Dance Album (MDNA)
Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday 19 May at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The ceremony will be held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday 19 May and will air live on ABC starting at 8pm ET.
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The MDNA tour is nominated in three categories:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball
Roger Waters, The Wall Live
Jon Landau Management (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
MFM/Mark Fenwick (Roger Waters)
Guy Oseary (Madonna)
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
Linkin Park/Honda Civic
Zac Brown Band/Jack Daniel's
The awards will be presented by Sandra Bernhard on Thursday 08 November at Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
Arianne posted this picture of herself with the award on her Twitter page.