Today in Madonna History: June 7, 2019

On June 7 2019,  Gay Times published a review of Madonna’s Dark Ballet music video:

Madonna has released her powerful music video for new single Dark Ballet.

The song, which the Queen of Pop first teased during her Met Gala performance in 2018, is the final track to be released ahead of her highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X, which is due out on Friday 14 June.

“They are so naive, they think we are not aware of their crimes. We know, but we are just not ready to act. The storm isn’t in the air, it’s inside of us,” she declares on the experimental track, which also samples the Nutcracker in its autotune-laden bridge.

Queer rapper Mykki Blanco stars in the Emmanuel Adjei-directed video as Joan of Arc, who was famously burned at the stake following numerous charges including cross-dressing – a scene which is powerfully recreated in the clip.

“They judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing. I admire that,” Madonna says of Joan, the inspiration for the video.

The video also begins with a quote from Joan, and ends with a quote from Mykki, which reads: “I have walked this earth, black, queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.”

After months of speculation, Madonna has been confirmed as the headliner of WorldPride 2019 in New York City.

On 30 June, the Queen of Pop will perform at the Hudson River Park Pier 97 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, alongside several other legendary acts such as Cyndi Lauper, Ciara and Grace Jones.

Today in Madonna History: May 2, 2017

On May 2 2017, Madonna was featured on the Evening Standard with the headline: Met Gala 2017: Sarah Paulson fangirls over Madonna as she photobombs her on the red carpet.  

Here’s a bit more from the article:

The US actress, 42, fangirled over the Queen of Pop after she spotted her on the red carpet at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

Paulson was pictured pointing with her mouth agape as she photobombed Madonna.

The pair later fooled around in front of photographers as Paulson offered to position Madonna’s Moschino camo gown.

The moment didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter as users praised Paulson’s “priceless” reaction and hailed them as the “greatest duo of all time”.

Madonna made sure to stand out with her outfit which she accessorised with necklaces, a gold grill and a hip flask.

Speaking about her dress, she told Entertainment Tonight: “We knew we wanted to go with camouflage from the very start. We started with the flak jacket, and then we worked our way down. So, you know, we’re ready. We’re ready to go to fashion war.”

“It’s going to be a fun night. As long as I drink the rest of my canteen.”

Today in Madonna History: May 4, 2015

 

On May 4 2015, Madonna attended the Met Ball wearing Moschino.  The theme of the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit was celebrating the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit. The benefit was co-chaired by Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Madonna was spotted on the red carpet with Tom Ford, Rita Ora and Diplo.  She was later photographed snuggling with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

 

Today in Madonna History: May 5, 2009

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On May 5 2009, Madonna attended The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Ball with Jesus Luz (boyfriend), Guy Oseary (her manager) and her publicist Liz Rosenberg.

Here’s what Marie Claire had to say about Madonna’s MET appearance:

Madonna blows minds with bunny ears! Madonna was back to her attention-grabbing best last night, stepping out for her first red carpet appearance with toyboy lover Jesus Luz at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala ball. And it wasn’t just the arm candy that got tongues wagging. The Queen of Pop brought out her 80s side, taking the evening’s dress theme – The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion’ and running with it. Dressed in a navy blue ruched Louis Vuitton mini dress, thigh-high black boots and the black fingerless gloves of old, Madge completed her ensemble with a teal-coloured hair piece tied around a top knot. The style chameleon’s get-up didn’t put off beau of the moment though, as 22-year-old toy-boy, Jesus Luz, showed up at fashion’s most stylish annual bash, looking super suave in a slick black dinner jacket and waited attentively as the flashbulbs went into overdrive for his date. The pair has frequently been spotted out and about in New York in recent weeks but last night was the couple’s first outing as a confirmed item and the duo couldn’t have cared less about the ensuing gossip.

Today in Madonna History: May 3, 2011

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On May 3 2011, Madonna attended the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Madonna wore a Stella McCartney dress, vintage Cartier jewels and carried a Christian Dior clutch.

Today in Madonna History: December 8, 1997

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On December 8 1997, Madonna attended the Met Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Madonna attended the Met Gala with Ingrid Casares, Donatella Versace and Cher.

The Met Gala (formerly called the Costume Institute Gala) is a fundraising benefit that serves as an opening celebration for the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months.

Each year the event has a theme, and includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. During the cocktail hour, guests arrive to walk on the red carpet, tour the years themed exhibition, and be seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment. The theme of the December 1997-March 1998 exhibition was Gianni Versace.

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