Madonna is firing again at feedback about her look on the Grammy Awards.
The pop icon, 64, and longtime LGBTQ advocate launched Kim Petras and Sam Smith’s “Unholy” efficiency at Sunday’s present. It was a groundbreaking night time as Petras grew to become the primary out transgender girl to win the award for Finest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency together with Smith, who’s nonbinary. Nonetheless, social media was abuzz over Madonna’s fuller-looking face and speculating about what cosmetic surgery she’s had.
On Tuesday, the “Vogue” singer, a seven-time Grammy winner, responded to the gossip, saying that after once more, she’s “caught within the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we stay in.”
Madonna wrote in an Instagram submit that whereas she initially wished to provide the final award of the night time, Album of the Yr, she thought it was “extra necessary” to introduce Petras and Smith’s efficiency, a “history-making second.” She added, “And on prime of that she gained a Grammy!!”
“As a substitute of specializing in what I stated in my speech, which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim, many individuals selected to solely discuss close-up photographs of me taken with a protracted lens digicam by a press photographer that may distort anybody’s face!!,” she wrote.
“As soon as once more I’m caught within the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we stay in,” she continued. “A world that refuses to have fun ladies previous the age of 45 and feels the necessity to punish her if she continues to be robust willed, hard-working and adventurous.”
The singer stated she has “by no means apologized for any of the inventive selections I’ve made,” nor “the way in which that I look or gown” and “I’m not going to begin” now.
“I have been degraded by the media because the starting of my profession however I perceive that that is all a take a look at and I’m completely happy to do the trailblazing so that every one the ladies behind me can have a better time within the years to return,” she wrote.
She borrowed a line from Beyoncé, who additionally broke information at Sunday’s ceremony, writing, “You will not break my soul.” Including, “I sit up for many extra years of subversive habits – pushing boundaries -standing as much as the patriarchy – and most of all having fun with my life.” Then she ended with one other Bey line: “Bow down bitches!”
Onstage Sunday, Madonna started her intro by saying, “This is what I’ve realized after 4 many years in music. In the event that they name you stunning, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or harmful, you are undoubtedly onto one thing.”
She continued, “I am right here to provide due to all of the rebels on the market, forging a brand new path and taking the warmth for all of it. All you troublemakers on the market, that you must know that your fearlessness doesn’t go unnoticed. You’re seen, you might be heard and, most of all, you might be appreciated.”
She ended with, “So now, talking of controversy, it offers me nice pleasure to introduce two extremely gifted artists who’ve risen above the noise, the doubt, the critics into one thing superbly unholy. Listed below are two Grammy award winners: Sam Smith and Kim Petras.”
For music’s large night time, Madonna was outfitted in a protracted black skirt with slit, black jacket, white shirt and tie — and she or he carried a using crop. Her hair was styled in braids, accentuating her face. Social media was lit up with folks making feedback speculating about cosmetic surgery, pointing to exaggerated options and a wrinkle-free brow. There have been jokes about it being a Madonna impersonator, not the star, and the like.
Madonna’s look has been a speaking level for years, as she’s been a famous person because the ’80s and has been lauded for constantly reinventing herself; she sparked a public dialogue in 2019 about whether or not she had derriere implants. Regardless of the chatter about her physique, Madonna stays and one of many best-selling recording artists of all time. Final month, she introduced her retrospective Madonna: The Celebration Tour, which spans 40 years of her profession. Tickets for reveals in New York, London and Paris bought out in minutes, with followers shopping for up 600,000 tickets in sooner or later.