Madonna’s Most Memorable Live Performances

Madonna performed the best Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history. Was it spectacular? Yes. Was it memorable? Oh, yes. Were people talking about it. Twitter definitely says “yes.” As a matter of fact, there was an average of about 8,000 tweets per second for five minutes while the Queen of Pop put on one of the greatest, memorable shows in Super Bowl and television history. Celebrities and journalists also chimed in…

“Go on Madonna with your baaaad self. Loved it!” – CNN host Don Lemon

“Incredible halftime show love Madonna” – Chelsea Lately comedienne Heather McDonald

“Madonna just won the Superbowl XLVI” – Washington Post blogger/columnist & MSNBC contributor Ezra Klein

“Wow best halftime show ever!!! Wow Madonna! Wow” – Serena Williams

“Madonna killen the superbowl her show is soo fresh. Wowoowowowowowoowowowowowow!” – Snoop Dogg

“O. M. G. Madonna killed it BRILLIANT Halftime show!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPERB choreography & Madonna was FLAWLESS!” – Paula Abdul

“Madonna had the best Half-time performance of all time !! Everyone on that stage killed it! @nickiminaj @MIAuniverse @CeeLo” – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

In case you missed the incredible, Roman-Egyptian goddess/cheerleader/church-choir-themed performance, watch it! It’s a must-see 🙂

**Update to this post as of February 6, 2012: The Super Bowl game itself garnered a 47.8 rating (apparently, that’s really good…). Madonna’s halftime performance garnered a rating of 48.3. Around 114 million people tuned in to watch the halftime show, the most in Super Bowl history. That’s right, Madonna officially won the Super Bowl. 😉 Her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is number two on iTunes (US store), her future album, MDNA is number one, and the music video “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is also number one**

Madonna - Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Madonna has been pushing buttons, setting records and churning out hit songs for almost thirty years. Throughout her career, she’s delivered several great performances that had people talking and entertained, dancing their asses off in arenas around the world.

She’s been provocative. She’s been sexual. She’s initiated and sparked public dialogue on things like censorship, self-reliance, feminism, sex, homophobia, sexism and racism. She’s even received the wrath of the Vatican a couple times. Oh, and she’s also the most successful female artist of all time. She’s still a force of nature at age 53.

Here’s a few of Madonna’s most memorable moments live. Take a trip down memory lane or see what all the fuss was about “back in the day.” I’ve also provided her age at the time each video was originally aired live so you can see how timeless she is and the incredible shape she’s been in and maintained throughout her career. Watch the Queen of Pop put on some of the greatest shows on Earth. 🙂

MTV Video Music Awards – “Like A Virgin” – 1984 (age – 26)

MTV Video Music Awards – “Vogue” – 1990 (age – 32)

Opening of her Blonde Ambition World Tour with “Express Yourself” – 1990 (age – 32)

“Like a Virgin” from the Blonde Ambition World Tour – 1990 (age 32)

“Ray of Light” on Oprah – 1998 (age – 40)

“Nothing Really Matters” at the 1999 Grammmy Awards (age – 41)

“Music” from her Drowned World Tour – 2001 (age – 43)

“Like a Virgin/Hollywood” (ft. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot) at the MTV Video Music Awards – 2003 (age – 45)

“Live To Tell” from her Confessions Tour – 2006 (age – 48)

“Music Inferno” from the Confessions Tour – 2006 (age – 48)

“She’s Not Me” from her Sticky & Sweet Tour – 2008 (age – 50)

“La Isla Bonita” from the Sticky & Sweet Tour – 2008 (age – 50)

My Two Cents On Our *Really* Big Universe

You are incredibly special. You are also incredibly insignificant. Once you realize your place in the universe, this little paradox makes more sense.

One of my favorite movies is Contact. Aside from the fact that it contains brilliant acting and a captivating plot, one of my favorite quotes is in it. When answering the question if we’re alone in the universe, the main character says, “If it is just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.” Waste of space is right. The universe is incredibly huge…mind-blowingly enormous.

The fastest thing in the universe, light, can circle the Earth seven times in a single second. Our galaxy, one of hundreds of BILLIONS in the KNOWN universe, is so enormous that it takes light more than 100,000 years to get from one end to the other. As far as we’ve been able to calculate and detect, the KNOWN universe is 13.7 billion years old…yes, it takes light almost 14 billions years to get from one end of the universe to the other.

Our galaxy alone has hundreds of billions of stars. We’ve discovered several hundred planets orbiting many of those stars. Some are within their star’s habitable zone, meaning water could be present in liquid form. Where there’s water, there’s potentially life. Liquid water may also be one of many ways life can thrive. There may be life swimming through oceans of liquid methane, like the methane ocean on Saturn’s moon, Titan. The possibilities are endless.

Want to have your mind blown again? This universe may be one of several…but that’s a whole other topic 😉

As insignificant as we are, we are also incredibly special. Life on this planet is present in many places, from the ideal pastures of the Great Plains to underwater, super-hot hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the oceans. It is resilient and when the right chemicals and building blocks are arranged in just the right way, simple life forms evolve. Climates and geography determine what life will be like. The rest is left up to time, lots of time.

As large as the universe is, it is entirely plausible and realistic to imagine that life is thriving elsewhere in the cosmos. At this very moment, while we’re pondering whether or not it is all just a big “waste of space,” there could be an intelligent species in some other part of the universe also looking up into the skies and wondering whether they are alone. The feeling one gets from imagining that we are one of countless intelligent species in the universe is almost spiritual; The universe itself is the thing that connects us all.

Before I end up writing a novel, I’ll leave you, the reader, with this stunning video. Astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History created this animation – to amazing detail – of the known universe. Watch and be amazed…

The Future Is Now

In 1969, the first email was sent. In 2009, over 90 trillion were sent. Billions of people communicate with each other instantaneously around the globe. Entire music, movie and television show libraries can fit in one’s pocket and can be wirelessly, instantly transferred to a device/computer. Computer power doubles roughly every two years. School-aged children are learning amazing things in the classroom…with iPads. Countless communications satellites orbit the Earth and space probes traverse the farthest reaches of the Solar System, paving the way for future missions.

The word “revolution” doesn’t even come close to describing how amazing and mind-blowing technological progress has been and continues to be.

This IS the future. We are living it. It’s come by quietly and with a bang.

 

Amazing View of The World

I wish I were in Tokyo right now.

The first spherical large-scale OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen in the world was debuted at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation last Saturday, June 11. The OLED screen gives viewers a chance to see the planet as those in space see it.

Watch the amazing video…

Angry Birds…LIVE! Thank You, T-Mobile

If you haven’t played “Angry Birds” yet, you have been living under a rock. The smash-hit smart phone app-game is simply amazing. Where else can you throw multi-colored birds with special powers into green pigs in elaborately constructed buildings? Exactly! 😉

T-Mobile made this pure awesome-sauce commercial with Angry Birds…in the flesh! 😀

 

 

Mother Nature Pt. 1

This is one of my favorite pictures. Hope, promise, celebration, new life…all of these descriptions come to mind when I see this stunning photo. Once I saw this in the flesh, I whipped out my camera phone and snapped a picture of perfection.

Perhaps the most poetic aspect of this: even amongst dilapidation and a seemingly barren landscape, light shines through the clouds and reminds us that our future is what we make it.

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I’m GaGa for “Born This Way”

I am lovin’ Lady GaGa’s latest album, Born This Way.

The 25-year-old superstar’s second studio album is simply amazing (I thought it was third, but apparently The Fame Monster is considered an “extended play” on her first album, The Fame). In my opinion, it’s her best work to this point in her career.

The retro dance beats seem to pay homage to ’80s icons like The Human League, Madonna and David Bowie. One track, “The Fashion of His Love” sounds a lot like Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” The title track, “Born This Way,” follows the same chord progression and style of Madonna’s 1989 iconic “Express Yourself.” The tracks leave you wanting to “Marry The Night” by going out to dance with friends (yes, “Marry The Night” is a track on the album).

The album is available in a standard edition (14 tracks) and a 2-disc special edition (includes the 14 tracks from the standard plus three bonus tracks and five remixes). I bought the special edition and LOVE it….and have been listening to it non-stop since it came out yesterday.

My favorite tracks (so far) are: “Born This Way,” “Government Hooker,” “Judas,” “Americano,” “Scheiße,” “Bloody Mary” and “Bad Kids.” Listen!

My two cents: Buy Lady GaGa’s best work yet, Born This Way. It will have you dancing with your hands above your head “like Jesus said” (reference to another amazing track, “Bloody Mary“).

 

The Phoenix Rises…

The World Trade Center site is rapidly changing. The site of the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil is now the focal point of New York’s and the nation’s revitalized spirits. Bin Laden is dead, One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) is rising and the complex is taking shape.

Below is a picture, taken by CBS’s New York affiliate, of the progress of One World Trade Center. The phoenix is rising fast.

One World Trade Center - May 5, 2011

 

Here is the link to CBS New York’s official photo gallery of the progress at Ground Zero: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2011/05/05/world-trade-center-and-911-memorial-construction-update/

 

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Her Now

Those who say Lady GaGa has taken the title as “Queen of Pop” clearly haven’t been keeping up. Madonna is still the Queen on the throne.

The stunning, 52-year-old, top-selling female artist of all time is not only working on her 12th studio album (Slant reported that she and Lady GaGa were rumored to have shot a video together, possibly for GaGa’s Saturday Night Live! appearance), she’s still proving to the world that age is only a number.

Just look…

Madonna at an Oscars afterparty February 2011

rockin’ the 80s look that she made famous, NYC 2011

at the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, May 2, 2011

 

The Amazing Survivor

On June 15, 1999, at 6:15 p.m., her life was forever changed. That night, Lisa received devastating news. The tests were in; she was HIV positive.

Lisa (name changed to protect her privacy) was stunned about the news from her doctor. In her strong manner, she simply asked, “Where do we go from here?”

The softball-mom and Girl Scout-mother of one had put the past behind her until it invaded her life five years later.

Five years prior to that unforgettable day, Lisa, then 35, was finishing her last semester of college at the University of Texas Houston.

Now, at age 52, she is in the process of obtaining her second college degree, this one in History from California State University Sacramento.

She and one of her girlfriends went out for a few drinks at a neighborhood bar one night in the spring of 1994.

They weren’t expecting to meet anyone or stay out late, but when a tall, blonde, handsome man caught Lisa’s eye, she gathered the courage to buy him a drink.

The gesture was returned with harmless flirtation and drinks with the man and three of his male friends…or so Lisa thought.

It was getting late and the handsome stranger offered to drive Lisa home since her girlfriend had already left. Excited, Lisa accepted…and that was the last thing she remembered.

Lisa awoke the next morning in her apartment. Immediately, she knew she had been raped. What was more devastating, she had an overwhelming suspicion that she had been infected with HIV/AIDS.

Lisa began to piece together what had happened the night before. The agonizing pain she was in and the intensity of the hangover she was suffering from was the worst she’d felt.  She said she had been drugged and that her clothes were not properly on.

She didn’t file a police report because she didn’t think a jury would be convinced from the available evidence.

A friend from the bar Lisa had visited the previous night told her that she had left with the group of four men seemingly happy. Lisa had been drugged, raped and forgotten.

While the world was awaiting the promise of a new century, Lisa became very ill.

The doctors performed several tests and what was thought to be a bad case of anemia turned out to be an aggressive case of HIV.

A month after the horrible news, July 1999, her body was literally ingesting itself to survive in what is known as HIV Wasting Syndrome.

T-cells within the blood are vital to defending the body against disease and infection. Without them, we die.

HIV/AIDS destroys the immune system, including T-cells, and essentially renders the victim defenseless to even the most minor disease.

The average person has between 500 and 1,600 T-cells per milliliter of blood. This number can fluctuate for several reasons, from stress to disease.

The United States Centers for Disease Control classifies anyone with a T-cell count of 200 or less as having AIDS. Lisa’s count was at 44.

She was immediately prescribed two AIDS medications. Her body reacted to the medications with a fever of 103 degrees and vomiting.

Her family discovered her condition that July.

Doctors believed that Lisa had contracted Tuberculosis and placed her under quarantine in the terminally-ill wing of the hospital. The only way she was expected to leave the hospital was in a body bag.

Family and friends had to take extreme precautions when visiting her by thoroughly washing their hands and wearing medical breathing masks and gloves.

Lisa should have died at age 40.

Eight days after being admitted to the hospital, Lisa walked out of the building in much better condition.

Lisa had an eight-inch-long tube (“pickline”) inserted into one of the arteries in her left arm so that she could self-administer antibiotics for 10 days.

A few days after leaving the hospital, Lisa returned to work.

Within six months, the level of HIV in her blood was nearly undetectable. By 2002, her T-cell count was around 300.

Lisa’s health has been improving exponentially. Her current T-cell count is a healthy 736.

If she wasn’t tested for AIDS, it would be impossible to tell that only a decade ago, her life nearly ended.

Advances in medicine and treatment have forever changed Lisa’s life. She has been on only one medication since September 2010.

Lisa has trouble paying her medical bills and has been unable to find a job for nine years. She didn’t begin to receive disability payments until two years after applying for it.

Despite Lisa’s financial troubles, she has gained a new outlook on life. Since her amazing recovery, she has removed major stressors from her life and is continuing to pursue her goals.

A Texas native, Lisa is a tough, no-nonsense survivor. Her visibly gentle demeanor is misleading. Don’t mess with Lisa.

AIDS nearly killed her at age 40. Now, at age 52, Lisa is continuing to fight. Through the insurmountable odds, she has overcome and once again taken control of her life.

When asked to describe herself, Lisa instantly said, “Honey, I’m going to be the longest-surviving person with AIDS.”