Today in Madonna History: September 17, 1998

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On September 17 1998, Madonna released a statement against the World Vaisnava Association’s criticism of her MTV performance: “The essence of purity and divinity is non-judgement… they should practice what they preach… if they’re so pure, why are they watching MTV?”

Madonna’s skin and makeup are so beautiful in the last photo.  I love her hair like this, it reminds me of Courteney Cox’s hair towards the end of Friends.  Beautiful!  I often wonder if we will ever see Madonna with dark hair again (and I don’t mean a wig).

Today in Madonna History: September 14, 1984

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On September 14 1984, Madonna performed “Like A Virgin” and was nominated for Best New Artist Video (“Borderline”) at the 1st annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY.

Madonna recalled the infamous performance in a 2012 interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: “I was standing at the top of a wedding cake, as one does, and I walked down these steps, which were the tiers of a wedding cake. And I lost my shoe. I lost my white stiletto. And I thought, ‘Oh god, how am I going to get that? It’s over there and I’m on TV.’ So I thought well, I’ll just pretend I meant to do this and I dove on to the floor and I rolled around and I reached for the shoe. And, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing and uhm, I didn’t mean to…” To which Leno chided: “And it became the greatest night in television history.”

We’re not too sure about Madonna’s recollection of the performance. Looks like the shoes came off quite intentionally to us. Check out the video and let us know what you think!

Today in Madonna History: September 10, 1998

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On September 10 1998, Madonna performed “Shanti/Ashtangi” and “Ray Of Light” at the 15th annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.  “Ray Of Light” won Best Video, Best Female Video, Best Direction (Jonas Åkerlund), Best Choreography, Best Editing and “Frozen” won Best Special Effects.

Today in Madonna History: September 8, 1994

On September 8 1994, Madonna presented the award for Video of the Year at the MTV VMA’s. She was escorted onstage by David Letterman, poking fun at their supposed feud following Madonna’s infamous profanity propelled appearance on Letterman earlier that year.

The appearance was intended to generate buzz for her soon-to-be-released single, “Secret” and its accompanying album, Bedtime Stories.

Today in Madonna History: September 6, 1990

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On September 6 1990, Madonna performed “Vogue” at the 7th annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.  “Vogue” won Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Deitrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine

Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rodgers, dance on air

They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Ladies with an attitude
Fellows that were in the mood
Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it
Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it

Vogue

Today in Madonna History: September 5, 1986

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On September 5 1986, Madonna was honoured with the Video Vanguard Award for her visionary videos at the 3rd annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Palladium in New York City.

Madonna found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Her videos depicted controversial subjects such as teen pregnancy, racism, religion, sex and violence.  She received the Video Vanguard Award for her contributions to the world of music video.