Still in Vogue After All These Years!
This is NOT about whether you like her or hate her. This is not about her costume choices (although they were cool), and this not about being absolutely amazed that the fifty-three-year-old did her thing without breaking a hip – this is about the fact that the 1980’s returned and in brilliant form!
Madonna is the Material Girl. She was in Vogue for a long, long time and no matter what headlines she makes, who she divorces, or even how many Golden Globes she wins – Madonna will always remain the supreme female artist. Yes, Lady Gaga is for this generation and she has the most amazingly creepy and ridiculous costumes you can find nowadays, but Madonna had the ability to make everyone angry while still bouncing down the road in their cars with her music blaring from their CD players. She was controversial, she made Dan Rather angry, and she said what she wanted to say!
Nothing has changed…
When we first saw her in that tiara, wearing those knee-high leather boots, she was an 80’s Cleopatra. On her throne being carried by some of the most muscular men known to the planet, Madonna brought with her the glitz, glamour, and even the annoyances that made her so strong one upon a time.
The definition of “Vogue” is: a prevailing fashion, or the state of being widely popular and fashionable at a particular time. The only amazing thing is, that after all these years, Madonna is still vogue. It was a walk down memory lane as the world listened to that number-one hit and watched the Material Girl strut her stuff in her high heels and even sit astride a dancer (as she used to), partying it up for the world to see. She actually dazzled football fans of all ages, and the more than 100 million people watching gave her a big thumbs-up when it all came to an end and she fell through the floor in a burst of light, smoke and sound.
There were many who voiced their opinions on everything from Facebook to Twitter during her performance – famous and commoners. One of the famous, Alec Baldwin, was said to have tweeted: “Two quarters of Super Bowl and the strongest performer is Madonna…” I have to agree.
While the two quarterbacks went back and forth and the score remained in the caverns, Madonna came out and brought back her greatest hits, while throwing in her newest one, Give Me All Your Luvin’. Joined on stage by Nicki Minaj, rapper, M.I.A, Cee-Lo Green and LMFAO – this fifty-three-year-old woman rocked the house. (Yes, the age bears repeating).
A cast of hundreds that included everything from dancers to tightrope-jumpers joined the Queen of Cool, even though their ‘screen time’ was a blip on the radar. This was the show that belonged to Madonna – it was her party. And when she belted out Like A Prayer – one of her most controversial songs way back when because the Jesus-figure that appeared in her video was African American – she put an exclamation point on the fact that she will still do and speak everything she feels, whether you like it or not.
And, boy, did her new song fit the atmosphere. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” has a football theme, it’s actually a techno-take on Toni Basil’s 1980’s famous cheerleader anthem, “Mickey.” Minaj and M.I.A. moved their lips and their bodies to the track that was being piped through the stadium speakers, and the only thing that ended up out of line was a one-finger salute to the crowd given by rapper, M.I.A. Madonna? Not one lewd or crude moment was given.
As most fans know, Madonna is not really a ‘live’ performance woman. Her shows are absolute theatrical events that raise the rooftops in whatever country she’s in at the time. Piped-in music is what is given to the crowd, because Madonna is way too quick – dancing, jumping, etc. – to let her voice really shine. But on the CD’s, of course, it’s perfect.
A trait that is so Madonna, is when she took the time to speak about the quarterbacks playing in the big game. With a smile on her face, the pop icon picked Eli Manning as the one she would go for, but her age and knowledge came into play when she said it was only for the fact that he wouldn’t have to waste as much gas as Brady would to get to where she lived in New York.
The one thing that split people down the middle as much as the old, Team Edward and Team Jacob did, was the fact that Madonna was really quite the lady, when all was said and done. Her mouth was kept in check and her innuendos were more matronly and fun then the ‘sarcastic’ girl from years back. But what Madonna did give was what she always gave – a fantastic performance that led us all back into the time period we’ve missed. Our break-dancing routes and boom boxes reappeared in our lives as we watched her sing, dance and enliven the crowd that was REALLY bored by the game. She pulled Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and even Ronald Reagan from our memory banks, and we basked in the glow of a world that was once supportive.
Madonna’s CD will be out in March and the tour is to follow. And what people once thought was a ‘joke’ when it came to this woman reinventing herself – again – and heading back out across the globe to spread her voice and oddly magical-persona – is now an acceptable fact. It makes people wonder what she has that makes the adrenaline fire! Because in only fifteen minutes the whole ‘new generation’ that we’re all raving about – Lady Gaga included – simply disappeared from our minds when Madonna took over the stage.
Perhaps she really IS the only original left!
Until Next Time, Everybody.