It was announced this week that Madonna will be performing at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 8. The “Living for Love” singer is about to embark on a major media blitz to promote her thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart, due out on March 10.
No word yet on which song — or songs — our lady M will be performing, or if any other artists will appear on stage with her (Nicki Minaj, perhaps?), but we have a feeling that it’s going to be big.
We can hardly wait to see what tricks the Queen has up her sleeve!
In anticipation for Madonna’s upcoming performance, here’s s a roundup of some of her greatest live TV performances…
2006 Grammy Awards
Clad in a purple sequined leotard with matching high heels and lots of glittery bangle bracelets, Madonna looked smokin’ hot while singing “Hung Up” alongside the cartoon band the Gorillaz. (What ever happened to them anyway?) Seriously, there’s nothing we don’t love about this performance. The music. The choreography. The costumes. The lights. And, most importantly, the slow-motion dance break at the 5:30 mark. It’s beyond.
1995 Brit Awards
Bathed in white light and dressed in a flowing silk nightgown, Madonna looked like an angelic Greek goddess as she belted out the title track from her 1994 album Bedtime Stories whilst standing before two enormous fans that kept her platinum blonde hair blowing Heavenward for the entire four-and-a-half minutes.
1997 Academy Awards
Determined to prove that, despite what the critics claimed, she could actually sing, Madge took to the stage of the 1997 Academy Awards to perform the ballad “You Must Love Me” from her hit film Evita. And it worked. She proved herself. And we loved her.
1990 MTV Music Video Awards
Everyone always talks about Madonna’s performance at the 1984 MTV Music Video Awards when she writhed around on stage in a wedding dress cooing “Like A Virgin.” That performance was iconic, but, deep down, we’ve always preferred the spectacle she put on at the 1990 MTV Music Video Awards when she channeled her inner Marie Antoinette and lip-synced the song “Vogue.” (Yes, die-hards, she lip-synced. Look closely and you’ll see she doesn’t have a microphone anywhere.)
1985 Live Aid
When Madonna performed at the first Live Aid music event in 1985, she was big, but she wasn’t yet the pop cultural force to be reckoned with that she is today. This gem of a performance features Madge before she was, well, Madge and she still hadn’t quite shaken her youthful and ebullient club performer persona.
1995 American Music Awards
Our Lady M hit the stage with R&B crooner Babyface at the 1995 AMAs to serenade audiences with her mega-hit “Take A Bow.” The performance is noteworthy because it marks one of the few times she has ever performed the ballad live, despite it being one of the most successful singles of her career, spending seven weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2012 Superbowl Halftime
Of course, we couldn’t forget to include Madonna’s epic 2012 Superbowl Halftime performance, during which our Queen, dressed like Cleopatra, sung a medley of some of her greatest hits, including “Open Your Heart,” “Like A Prayer,” “Vogue,” and “Music.”