Today in Madonna History: December 3, 2009

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On December 3 2009, the 52nd Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced, including Madonna’s Celebration in the Best Dance Recording category.  Other nominees in the category included Britney Spears, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and David Guetta.

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Today in Madonna History: February 25, 1992

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On February 25 1992, the Pioneer LaserDisc-only release Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour Live won Best Music Video–Long Form at the 34th annual Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York.

Although Madonna had received four Grammy nominations in previous years (Best Female Pop Vocal in 1986 & 1987; Best Original Song From A Motion Picture in 1988; Best Music Video–Short Form in 1991 for Oh Father), Madonna: Blond Ambition Tour Live represented her very first Grammy Award win. Ironically, the lack of a VHS edition or of any subsequent DVD/Blu-Ray reissue of the title meant that only those in possession a pricey LaserDisc player were afforded the opportunity to purchase and enjoy the award-winning release.

Madonna would receive three more Grammy nominations for Best Music Video–Long Form in the years that followed; she was nominated in 1995 and 2007 for The Girlie Show–Live Down Under and I’m Going To Tell You A Secret, respectively, before finally winning the award a second time for The Confessions Tour in 2008.

Today in Madonna History: February 24, 1999

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On February 24 1999, Madonna performed Nothing Really Matters at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. Madonna also took home 4 Grammies:

  • Best Pop Album – David Reitzas, Jon Ingoldsby, Pat McCarthy (engineers/mixers), William Orbit (producer) and Madonna (producer & artist) for Ray Of Light
  • Best Dance Recording – Pat McCarthy (mixer), William Orbit (producer) and Madonna (producer & artist) for Ray of Light
  • Best Short Form Music Video – Jonas Åkerlund (video director) and Madonna for Ray of Light
  • Best Recording Package – Kevin Reagan (art director) for Ray of Light performed by Madonna

Today in Madonna History: February 9, 2006

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On February 9 2006, Ellen DeGeneres’ first interview with Madonna aired (the segment was filmed on February 8th). Madonna rushed from her performance at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, to sit down with Ellen where she talked about rehearsing for her performance of Hung Up, her children, The Office, marriage rumours, coffee, Red Bull, horseback riding, her horse Tom, ruffling feathers and to much applause, she announced her upcoming summer tour (The Confessions Tour).

Today in Madonna History: February 8, 2015

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On February 8 2015, Madonna performed Living For Love at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Hitfix.com considered Madonna’s performance to be one of the best at the 2015 Grammys:

Madonna recruited the muscle-bound minotaurs from her Living for Love video for her Grammy performance of the new single, and she proved she was still a charismatic gale-force as a performer. Twenty years after she played the jilted wife of a matador in her Take a Bow video, Madonna’s now the show-running matador waving a cape at horned gents.

Today in Madonna History: February 21, 2014

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On February 21, 2014, it was reported that Nile Rodgers would like to make new music with Madonna.

“I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.”

“For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.”

Nile and Madonna previously worked together on her Like A Virgin album.

Thank you Matthew Rettenmund for the screen cap of Madonna and Nile together at the 2015 Grammy Awards!

Today in Madonna History: February 8, 2006

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On February 8 2006, Madonna with Gorillaz and De La Soul performed Feel Good Inc. and Hung Up at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The beginning of the performance was a hologram installation.

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