Video: Madonna at the GLAAD Awards

Madonna took the stage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York to present the Vito Russo Award to advocate, award-winning journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper. The Vito Russo Award is presented annually to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.


Madonna to present GLAAD award to Anderson Cooper

Madonna will appear with journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper on March 16 at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, GLAAD announced today. The Associated Press broke the story.
Cooper and Madonna are longtime friends who have both used their careers to raise support for LGBT people around the globe.
'Madonna has been a passionate spokesperson and longtime supporter of gay rights. She has embraced LGBT people around the world on many occasions,' said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. 'From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.'
GLAAD will honor Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the New York event. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD's founders.
'By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric,' said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. 'He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I'm proud to call him a friend.'

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MDNA Tour nominated for three Billboard Touring Awards

Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry.
Among the finalists are mega-tours by such veteran artists as Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Coldplay and Kenny Chesney, along with newer stars like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, the Black Keys and Taylor Swift.
The Billboard Touring Awards are primarily based on actual numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore, reflecting real business being done, as opposed to any sort of voting procedure. The exceptions would be such honors as Legend Of Live (Neil Diamond), the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, the Humanitarian Award (the Apollo Theater), the Road Warrior Award presented by Shell ROTELLA, and the Creative Content Award (Michael Jackson Immortal by Cirque du Soleil), as well as the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, the latter determined by online fan 'demands' at for Boxscore's top tours.
The awards are based on numbers reported to Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

The MDNA tour is nominated in three categories:

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball
Madonna, MDNA
Roger Waters, The Wall Live

Jon Landau Management (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
MFM/Mark Fenwick (Roger Waters)
Guy Oseary (Madonna)

Demi Lovato/Hallmark
Lady Antebellum/Lipton
Linkin Park/Honda Civic
Tim McGraw/Pennzoil
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.


Madonna Hits Back At Ricky Gervais At Golden Globes

It was the successful night for Madonna at Sunday's Golden Globes in Los Angeles, with the American pop superstar landing the prize for Best Original Song for W.E's ballad 'Masterpiece'. It was the second Globe for the singer-turned-filmmaker, who won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for 'Evita' in 1997.
During her acceptance speech, Madonna thanked her long-time manager Guy Oseary and studio boss Harvey Weinstein, whom she described as 'the punisher' and spoke of how he 'believed' in her latest movie. The singer, who releases new album M.D.N.A later this year, was the target for one of host Ricky Gervais' putdowns, but she was quick to offer a retort. When introducing the singer to present the award for Best Foreign Language Film, Gervais joked that she was 'a material girl', 'always in Vogue' and 'Just like a virgin', pulling a 'hard to believe' face after mentioning the latter.
When arriving on-stage, Madonna hit back, 'If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky. Then why don't you come over here and do something about it. I haven't kissed a girl in a few years. On TV'. Keen to have the last laugh, the British comedian was seen running for his life across the back of the stage.


Madonna's Masterpiece wins Golden Globe!

Madonna picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song last night.
The pop star-turned-film director picked up the gong for 'Masterpiece' which features in her new movie 'W.E.' and Madonna admitted she was shocked to win but insisted it was not a solo effort.
She said: 'This is a surprise. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this acknowledgement. I need to thank my co-writers, Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost, my co-producer William Orbit, who's not here, whom I adore.'
'I would also like to thank my manager, Guy Oseary, who I spend most of my time beating up on. But seriously, he harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, 'Please, Guy, I'm trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don't have time.' So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, 'Masterpiece,' so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.'


Elton John In Globes War Of Words

Madonna and Sir Elton John became embroiled in a war of words at the Golden Globes on Sunday as they competed for the coveted Best Song prize.
The Rocket Man started the verbal spat by telling reporters on the red carpet that his rival 'doesn't have a f**king chance of winning tonight,' and when asked if those were 'fighting words,' he replied, 'No, those are accurate words'.
Madonna hit back when questioned about Sir Elton's remarks, asking reporters, 'Was he wearing a dress?' adding, 'May the best man win.'
The Material Girl eventually emerged triumphant as her track Masterpiece from W.E. scooped the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, seeing off competition from Sir Elton's Hello, Hello from Gnomeo & Juliet.
And after her success, Madonna offered an olive branch to her rival, telling reporters, 'I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He's known to get mad at me. He's brilliant and I adore him, so he will win another award. And I don't feel bad!'


Madonna: About That Top-Secret Super Bowl Performance...

The singer, and newly minted director, showed up at the 2012 Golden Globes and stopped to chat with Ryan Seacrest about her film W.E. (which earned her a Globe nom and win for Best Original Song for 'Masterpiece').
So what'd she tell us?
Well, when it came to her film that she wrote and directed, Madonna admits it was more than she bargained for.
'I had no idea that it was going to be so challenging, complicated, exhausting and fulfilling.'
Andrea Riseborough, who was alongside the star, called Madonna a very passionate director, even if she can come off as 'intimidating.'
So we have to wonder, what will this passionate yet intimidating woman bring to the Super Bowl for her halftime performance?
'I can't tell you what I'm going to do because then it'll blow the surprise. Twelve minutes and 40 seconds to put on the greatest show on Earth.'

Yup, and the additional 40 seconds was her idea.

From E! Online - To view the video clip click on the picture below.

Two Golden Globe nominations for W.E.

The nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Madonna's W.E. has received two nominations.
The awards will be presented on Sunday 15 January 2012.

Best Original Song
'Hello Hello' - Gnomeo & Juliet - Elton John
'Lay Your Head Down' - Albert Nobbs - Sinead O'Connor
'The Living Proof' - The Help - Mary J. Blige
'The Keeper' - Machine Gun Preacher - Gerard Butler
'Masterpiece' - W.E. - Madonna

Best Original Score
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

Madonna and Britney land top kiss honour

Madonna and Britney Spears' infamous smooch at the MTV Video Music Awards has been voted the top kiss of the decade.
The two superstars made headlines around the world after they puckered up at the annual ceremony in 2003, and U.K. department store Selfridges has branded the kiss the most iconic of the 2000s.
Tobey Maguire's passionate embrace with Kirsten Dunst in 2002's Spider-Man came second in the rundown, while Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's slow-burning snog in Brokeback Mountain in 2005 was named third.


Celebration nominated for a Grammy Award

Madonna's Celebration single has been nominated in the Best Dance Recording category at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

The winners are announced at the award ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday 31 January 2010.

Best Dance Recording (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Boom Boom Pow
The Black Eyed Peas & Jean Baptiste, producers; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
Track from: The E.N.D.
[Interscope Records]

When Love Takes Over
David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
David Guetta & Frederic Riesterer, producers; Veronica Ferraro, mixer
Track from: One Love

Poker Face
Lady Gaga
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers
Track from: The Fame

[Warner Bros.]

Britney Spears
K. Briscoe, producer; Serban Ghenea, mixer
Track from: Circus

Thanks to ~sPNation

Madonna takes top honours at Billboard Touring Awards

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour was the big winner at the sixth annual Billboard Touring Awards, taking home honors for Top Tour and Top Draw, which acknowledge the highest-grossing and highest-attended tours of the year, respectively. Madonna's manager Guy Oseary won the Top Manager award.
The Billboard Touring Awards are based on worldwide data reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.

To read the rest of the article and view the complete list of winners visit:

From - thanks to Chico

Madonna up for two Billboard Touring Awards

Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Thursday 05 November. The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.

The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw awards, which acknowledge the top grossing and ticket selling tours, respectively, are the same three global treks: U2's 360 tour, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour, and AC/DC's Black Ice tour.

Thanks to Micheal

Madonna wrote Jackson speech 'from my heart'

After delivering her heartfelt tribute to the late Michael Jackson at the VMAs, Madonna talked with MTV News' Jim Cantiello about her speech backstage.
'Michael Jackson was born in August 1958,' her speech began. 'So was I. Michael Jackson grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest. So did I. Michael Jackson had eight brothers and sisters. So do I. When Michael Jackson was 6 he became a superstar and was perhaps the world's most beloved child. When I was 6 my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the stick.'
She went on to talk about the time they spent together, her admiration for his talent, his 'vulnerability and charm,' and her sons' love for his music.
After the show, with a somber face, Madonna explained just how much the dedication to Jackson meant to her.
'[It was] extremely important because I didn't really have my chance to pay my last respects to him or speak of him in the way that I wanted to,' the Material Girl said. 'It was a privilege and an honor for me to say what I had to say.'
'[It] took me all week to write [the speech], and I just wrote it from my heart,' she added. 'And I kept slashing and burning and editing.'
While she did admit that she left out some choice MJ anecdotes, it was purely in the interest of time.
'I really cut it down. It was painful,' she said. 'I said what I had to say at the end of the day.'


Madonna's full speech can be read online at

Madonna pays tribute to Michael Jackson at VMAs

Michael Jackson, who was not only one of the most influential forces in MTV's history but also provided its Video Music Awards with some of its most irreverent moments, got reverential treatment Sunday as Madonna and his sister Janet provided emotional tributes - one through words, one through song.
It was a tender, special moment - a rarity for the Video Music Awards. But the mood didn't last for long, thanks in part to another onstage outburst from Kanye West.
Madonna kicked off the show at Radio City Music Hall with a poignant speech about her relationship with Michael Jackson, which began when she was a youngster idolizing the then-child star, then morphed into a friendship when both were at the apex of their careers, and later, grew distant.
Madonna lamented the negative publicity that dogged him in his later years.
'Sometimes, we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them,' said Madonna, dressed in black.
'Yes, Michael Jackson was a human being, but yes, he was a king,' she told the celebrity-studded crowd, which included Michael's brother Jermaine and father Joe Jackson. 'Long live the king.'

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna And The RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

Madonna was among the winners at the 23rd edition of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) Gold Disc Awards at Tokyo International Forum in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo. The awards, held March 2, celebrate the artists that have sold the most in sales categories that range from singles and downloads to albums and total sales.
Madonna, on the strength of her 'Hard Candy' (Warner Bros) album and digital download single 'Miles Away,' got the Japan Gold Disc award for international artist of the year. She also won the mastertone of the year award for the same track.

From via

Madonna to attend the Grammy Awards?

A commercial being aired for the 2009 Grammy Awards is saying that Madonna will be at the show. She is not listed as performing but maybe she is presenting an award instead?

The Grammy Awards take place this Sunday 08 February - check local TV listings for details.

UPDATE: 09 February 2009
Madonna did not appear at the Grammy Awards at all last night - so why she appeared in this commercial we do not know!

Madonna nominated for two Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award nominations have been announced and Madonna has been nominated for two awards:

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Lesson Learned - Alicia Keys & John Mayer
4 Minutes - Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Rich Woman - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
If I Never See Your Face Again - Rihanna & Maroon 5
No Air - Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Harder Better Faster Stronger - Daft Punk
Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
Just Dance - Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis
Give It 2 Me - Madonna
Disturbia - Rihanna
Black & Gold - Sam Sparro

In addition to these two nominations, Junkie XL has also been nominated for Best Remixed Recording:

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
(A Remixer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Closer (StoneBridge Radio Edit) - StoneBridge, remixer (Ne-Yo)
Electric Feel (Justice Remix) - Justice, remixers (MGMT)
4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix) - Junkie XL, remixer (Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake)
Just Fine (Moto Blanco Remix) - Moto Blanco, remixers (Mary J. Blige)
The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix) - Deadmau5, remixer (Morgan Page Featuring Lissie)

Thanks to Don and Lawrence

MTV EMAs: Video Star

Madonna's 4 Minutes has been nominated for the Video Star award at this years MTV EMAs that take place in Liverpool on Thursday 06 November.

Unfortunately fans cannot vote in this category - it is just up to MTV to decide! Madonna faces competition from 30 Seconds to Mars - A Beautiful Lie, Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes, Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction and Weezer - Pork and Beans.

Madonna heads to rock hall

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.'

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Iggy Pop Pays Tribute

Iggy Pop and The Stooges paid tribute to Madonna last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City. They did cover versions of Burning Up and Ray of Light with a little bit of Like A Virgin at the end of the performance!

Below are screen captures of Madonna watching Iggy perform and meeting up with him and the band backstage.

Justin Recalls Dropping Pants for Madonna

When Madonna orders you to drop trou, you drop trou, Justin Timberlake admitted while inducting the pop diva into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night in New York.
Madonna, 49, offered the 'SexyBack' singer, 27, a B-12 shot - and, apparently, not in the arm - last year while they were working on her new album, Hard Candy, he explained to the audience inside the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom.
He thought she was going to call a doctor for the injection, but instead, 'She proceeds to pull a Ziploc bag of B-12 syringes out [of her purse] and says, 'Drop 'em.'
'I don't know what you say to that, so I immediately dropped my pants. She gave me a shot in my a-- and looks at me and says, 'Nice top shelf.' That was one of the greatest days of my life.'
Correcting him when she took the stage, Madonna said, 'Everything he said is basically true, but I didn't say 'drop 'em,' I said, 'pull your pants down.' I like to be accurate because you know I am a control freak.'
Timberlake's sexually charged speech praised Madonna for her 'shapely body of work' and how she's 'always been a woman on top' who 'fully enjoys that position.'
Madonna, naturally, wasn't one to curb her tongue herself - revealing that she and legendary A&R exec Michael Rosenblatt 'did a tab of ecstasy and danced the night away' when she met him back in her days as a rising star.
Madonna blamed Timberlake for the innuendos in her speech, saying, 'He's rubbing off on me. He's bringing sexy back.' Turning to him, she said, 'I'll get you, f

Madonna joins rock's Hall of Fame

Madonna has been inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a star-studded ceremony in New York.
The 49-year-old thanked her detractors in an acceptance speech, including those who 'said I couldn't sing, that I was a one hit wonder'.
Madonna received her honour at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel from singer Justin Timberlake.
'The world is full of Madonna wannabes. I might have even dated a couple,' he said. 'But there is truly only one Madonna.'
The singer recalled a teacher who encouraged her to follow her dreams at the age of 14, adding that she is still lucky to have people spurring her on.
As for her critics over the years, she said: 'They inspired me because they made me question myself repeatedly and pushed me to be better.'
'I have gone on to do so many things in my life, from writing children's books, to designing clothes, to directing a film.'
'But for me it always does, and it always will, come back to the music, so thank you,' said the singer.
Madonna and Timberlake then shared an anecdote of how the pop star gave him a vitamin injection herself after asking him to remove his trousers.
Iggy Pop and The Stooges performed on Burning Up and Ray of Light on her behalf.
Artists become eligible for the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording.
The candidates are chosen by a committee and whittled down to a final list of five by more than 600 music experts.

From BBC News

US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Here is a quick recap of Madonna's induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night - more details to follow later.

There was a very long montage of Madonna with concert footage from several concerts.

A very slick induction speech by Justin spiced with innuendo and humour.

Madonna's acceptance speech was perfect....she described her life as suddenly, suddenly, suddenly finding herself in situations.

Iggy Pop sang 'Burning Up' and 'Ray Of Light'....shirtless of course!

There was extensive backstage coverage and photo ops with Liz Rosenberg leading her through a maze of onlookers.

Picture from Reuters - thanks to Max

US TV: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live on VH1 Classic on March 10 at 8:30pm EST. The ceremony will be rebroadcast on VH1 through March (check local listings for air times).

Website are also streaming the event live on the internet - although madonnalicious is not sure this will be available worldwide and instead may just be for US residents.

Thanks to Max

Madonna joins the US Hall of Fame later tonight

Madonna will be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later.
John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five, will also be honoured at the 23rd annual induction ceremony in New York.
The nominees are chosen by a committee and are whittled down to a final list of five by more than 600 music experts.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Joel Peresman said: 'From poetry to pop, these five acts demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll.'
He added: 'The 2008 inductees are trailblazers - all unique and influential in their genres.'
Acts only become eligible to be considered for the honour 25 years after their first recording.
Madonna will be inducted by pop star Justin Timberlake and Iggy & The Stooges will perform on her behalf.
The star signed her first US record deal in 1982, and scored her first hit with Holiday in the UK two years later.
The 49-year-old has constantly altered her image and embraced different musical styles.
Last year's inductees were REM, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Van Halen, the Ronettes and Patti Smith.
Once included, the artists are featured in the Museum's Hall of Fame exhibit.
This includes a computerised jukebox containing every song of each inductee and a film played on three big screens recounting their careers and music.

From BBC News

Her music shows why she's a true Hall of Famer

They've called her everything from a creative cretin to a media whore (if not a literal one). So there must be scores of folks who consider it the greatest desecration to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet that Monday its arbiters will usher into its heady ranks Miss 'How-Dare-She' herself: Madonna.
On her first try yet.
Foes will insist that Madonna's fast-track entry has only to do with sales. Or with notoriety. Or with corporate conflicts of interest (especially since the hall has nearly as many as a New Jersey politician).
They'll say Madonna's anointment has to do with anything but the one element that actually most helped grease her way in: the music.
The fantastic range of distractions that surround that music - some ridiculous, some delightful - have obscured this all along.
But if you push aside the headlines, the pictures, the fashion, the scandals and the gossip, and give a fair listen to the 11 full studio albums Madonna has produced in the last 25 years, you may be surprised by what you hear.
The catalogue speaks eloquently of her achievements - from watershed innovations to savvy tweaks of genre to the basic pursuit of a great hook and an irresistible groove. Sometimes Madonna's greatest accomplishments have even come down to the thing she has been most loudly ridiculed for: her singing.

The read the rest of this article by Jim Faber previewing Madonna's entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow visit

Iggy & The Stooges to Perform for Madonna

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Iggy & The Stooges will perform for Madonna at this year’s induction ceremony. The choice of the Stooges may raise some eyebrows, but isn’t as strange as it seems: both the band and Madonna are Detroit natives, and Iggy Pop opened for Madonna at the Dublin date for her Reinvention Tour in 2004.
Other performers scheduled at the induction ceremony, which takes place next Monday, March 10th, at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel: Damien Rice (for Leonard Cohen); James Cotton (for Little Walter); Patti LaBelle (for Gamble & Huff); plus John Mellencamp and the Ventures, both of whom are being inducted.


Madonna: A true blue rock star contributor Tony Sclafani has written a great article to counteract the claims that Madonna isn't 'rock' enough to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this coming Monday 10 March:

Madonna started out playing drums for the indie rock band Breakfast Club. If you think rock hasn't influenced her sound, you're mistaken.
One of the first-ever mentions of Madonna in a national publication came in March 1984, when the new wave magazine Trouser Press ran a feature on DJ Jellybean Benitez, who was then remixing tracks for the singer. The article notes Benitez was 'engaged to remix three tracks by disco/pop/rock crossover hopeful Madonna.'
Madonna may not be a 'hopeful' anymore, but with her March 10 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inching closer, people are again arguing about what kind of music she makes. In a recent commentary, Michael Ventre claimed Madonna’s music wasn’t rock and her induction would 'undermine the credibility' of the Rock Hall. But that’s not a feeling shared by all rock fans. Madonna might not be your standard rock performer, but she’s rock-oriented enough to justify getting inducted (we’ll get to the topic of the Hall’s 'credibility' later).

To read the rest of the article visit - and below is a picture of Madonna on drums for The Breakfast Club.

Thanks to Daniel

Justin to induct Madonna in Rock Hall of Fame

Justin Timberlake will induct Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the organization's March 10 ceremony, a rep for the Hall confirmed to MTV News Tuesday 26 February.
Perhaps Timberlake is returning a favor from his 27th birthday last month, when Madonna presented him with a cupcake and champagne and sang him 'Happy Birthday' on the set of the video for her song '4 Minutes to Save the World.' The track features JT as well as Timbaland; the two collaborated on several songs for Madonna's forthcoming LP.
Other inductors include Tom Hanks (for '60s group the Dave Clark Five - appropriate because he played the manager of a similar group in the 1996 film 'That Thing You Do'), Lou Reed (for folk legend Leonard Cohen), Billy Joel (for John Mellencamp), Ben Harper (for blues harmonica player Little Walter), Jerry Butler (for legendary soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) and John Fogerty (for instrumental group the Ventures).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel on March 10.

From MTV News

The mates taking on Madonna

Meet Madonna's competition at the Grammys – two mates from Sydney who thought the fruits of their labour were dead and buried.
Dean Bates and Reuben Field scored a nod last week for music's most prestigious award for their DVD showcasing Cuban rap music, Liberacion – The Songs of the New Cuban Underground.
The nomination in the category of 'Best Longform Music Video' pits them against the DVD of Madonna's Confessions tour and R&B megastar R. Kelly. It also makes them the only Australians in this year's awards.
'You can't believe that you're up against someone like Madonna,' said Bates, the producer half of the duo's small Darlinghurst film company, Starchild Productions.
Field, the director, said: 'As far as we knew the project vanished, fell off the face of the Earth 18 months ago. We hadn't heard a word about how it went in the US. It was literally dead and buried.'
Then Chris Murphy – the former INXS manager who shot more than 100 hours of footage in Cuba before handing it to Bates and Field to make into a film – rang with the incredible news.
The DVD explores the strange world of 'Reggaeton', a strain of music invented by Cubans listening to rap music on Miami radio using illegal long distance antennae.
Now the pair will jetting to Los Angeles in February for the Grammy Awards ceremony.
'We're not expecting to win since we weren't expecting to be nominated,' Field joked.


Madonna talks about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Madonna has commented (via her representative) on the news that she is to be inducted into the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

'I was fortunate to have inducted my idol David Bowie a few years back, so to be included alongside him and so many other amazing artists that have come before me is an honor,' the pop icon said in a statement to The Plain Dealer, sent Friday through her publicist.
Madonna did indeed do the honors when Bowie was enshrined in 1996, although he chose not to attend the festivities.
Madonna is expected to be on hand for the Rock Hall's 23rd annual induction ceremony Monday, March 10, at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, her publicist said.

From The Plain Dealer - thanks to Matthew

2008 Roll and Rock Hall of Fame

Madonna and John Mellencamp will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, alongside Leonard Cohen, the Ventures and the Dave Clark Five. Philly Soul songwriter/producer team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be presented the Ahmet Ertegun Award (previously known as the non-performer category) and blues harmonica player Little Walter will be inducted in the sideman category.
This is Madonna's first year of eligibility; her debut single, 'Everybody,' was released twenty-five years ago in 1982. The induction ceremony will take place on March 10th, 2008 at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
Among the artists who were nominated this year but did not get in are the Beastie Boys (who were eligible for the first time) and Donna Summer. Read on for a list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from the past ten years.

From - thanks to Michael

Confessions Tour DVD nominated for a Grammy

It was announced today that the DVD release of the Confessions Tour has been nominated for Grammy as Best Long Form Music Video.

The award itself is: For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.

Madonna faces competition from:

Live & Loud At The Fillmore - Dierks Bentley
Trapped In The Closet Chapters 13-22 - R. Kelly
10 Days Out - Blues From The Backroads - Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Various
Liberacion - The Songs Of The New Cuban Underground - Various Artists

The Grammy Award ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on 10 February, 2008.

Thanks to Matthew