Madonna, Elton Engage In Golden Globes Red Carpet Row
Prior to the Golden Globe Awards earlier in 2012, Elton John, his husband David Furnish and Madonna launched a war of words regarding the odds of her winning Best Original Song. John said she "hasn't got a f--king chance" on the televised red carpet special while Madonna asked "Was he wearing a dress?" in response. Upon Madonna winning the award cameras showed John who looked less than pleased. Meanwhile Furnish took to his Facebook account to say her acceptance speech was "embarrassing in its narcissism." Needless to say, Christmas cards won't be exchanged.
Madonna Isn't Gaga For Gaga, Says Music "Reductive"
While promoting her 2012 album MDNA, Madonna took aim at Lady Gaga, the latest artist to be considered Madonna's heiress to the pop throne. In an ABC "20/20" interview last January, Madonna described Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way" as "a wonderful way to redo my song," referring to her own hit "Express Yourself." Madonna referred to the younger pop star's music as "reductive" while saying she was "no Britney Spears." Not wanting to get into a war of words, Lady Gaga took the high road, stating her deep admiration for Madonna.
Letterman Target Of Madonna's F-Bomb Bonanza In 1994
A memorable 1994 interview had David Letterman squirming throughout much to Madonna's delight. Constantly dropping the f-bomb over the course of her appearance and smoking a cigar, Letterman finally had enough. "You can't be coming on here... This is American television, you can't be talking like that," Letterman scolded, adding that "people don't want that in their homes at 11:30 at night." In 1995 she made a cameo appearance on Valentine's Day, giving roses and candy to Letterman before saying she'd changed her ways.
Pepsi Say Hail Marys After 1989 "Like A Prayer" Ad Fiasco
After Coca-Cola signed George Michael in late 1988 to endorse their product and appear in commercials, Pepsi decided to sign Madonna to do the same thing in early 1989. The publicity and hype surrounding the commercial was surpassed by viewers, reportedly seen in 250 million homes worldwide on March 2, 1989. The next day Madonna released her own "more controversial" video for "Like A Prayer" showing crosses burning, murder and the stigmata. Having literally put out a fire previously during a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial shoot years prior, Pepsi cut ties with Madonna.
Bradonna? Britney, Madonna Do MTV Awards Show Kiss
Wanting to start the show with a bang, Madonna brought out pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for uber-star power. Madonna then kissed Britney, which caused a stir as cameras spotted Britney's ex, Justin Timberlake, looking on. It should be mentioned Madonna also kissed Aguilera but with TV cameras focused on Timberlake, this second kiss caused less of a ripple. Now, 11 years later, it appears a "kiss redux" could take place. "Please come on stage and kiss me again. I miss you!!" Madonna tweeted to Spears in early April after Spears congratulated her on the new album MDNA. "Tempting..." Spears replied.
Madonna Becomes Pop Music's Bride With 1984 Performance
While relatively tame in contrast to some of her later antics, this classic 1984 performance -- introduced by Canadian comedian/actor Dan Aykroyd -- set the stage for what was to come from Madonna. Wearing a bride's dress atop a wedding cake, the singer would descend to the stage and, well... roll around. Madonna explained to Jay Leno in 2012 she lost her stiletto while singing, hence the reason for being on the floor. "I thought, 'I'll pretend I meant to do it," she told Leno. Her 2003 MTV appearance with Britney and Christina Aguilera was partially inspired by this performance.
Madonna's Justifies Love With Androgynous-Tinged Video
A new song included on The Immaculate Collection compilation, the video for "Justify My Love" was arty and oh so provocative. Basically speaking the lyrics over a trip-hop beat, Madonna embraces different people before kissing an androgynous-looking woman. Banned in Canada by MuchMusic, the video was voted as one of the sexiest, raciest videos ever made. Perhaps the song's oddest factoid is rocker Lenny Kravitz was a co-writer. In 1991 Saturday Night Live satirized the video with Madonna appearing in a "Wayne's World" skit alongside Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.
Madonna's "Girl" Feels Like Running Over People And Stealing.
Released in April, 2001 and directed by her then hubby Guy Ritchie, "What It Feels Like For A Girl" was banned by several channels for its violence. Madonna can be seen with a taser approaching a man at an ATM machine after t-boning an adjacent car at an intersection. She also hits a man playing street hockey and another man before driving the car at high speed into a pole. On her 2001 world tour Madonna performed the song in Spanish, which when translated is "Lo Que Siente La Mujer."
Madonna Dares Toronto Police To Arrest Her Onstage.
Madonna pushed the envelope on her Blond Ambition tour, simulating masturbation while performing "Like A Virgin." Sources close to the singer told her police could arrest her on obscenity charges if she didn't tone things down. Madonna paid no attention to that possibility, grinding atop a bed as the song finished and basically calling the police's bluff. No charges were laid and the tour, documented in the film "Truth Or Dare," carried on.
Madonna's "Sex" Book Brings Bannings, Not Book Burnings.
It will be 20 years this October since Madonna's "Sex" book was released, the coffee table book featuring different sexual acts and fetishes and explicit photos. "Sex" coincided with the singer's Erotica album and featured photos of rapper Vanilla Ice, model Naomi Campbell and actor Isabella Rossellini. The book sold out of its initial printing despite being banned by several bookstores for its objectionable content while several public libraries refused to carry it. The book features several nude photos of Madonna, who portrays herself as a character called Mistress Dita.