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Academy Awards Groove of the Day/Madonna/”You Must Love Me”

Although we’ve spent the week featuring those grooves that didn’t snag the Academy Award for Best Original Song, this is the winning Madonna owned ballad from Evita we’re spilling about here, so respect and attention must be paid. 

Of course, who get forget the Material Girl slipping into the wardrobe, style and songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s beloved musical? No one.

While many people grumbled and rumbled over Madge playing the late Argentinian First Lady, Ms. Eva Peron (namely..all of Argentina), the “Like a Prayer” songstress nailed every drop of it and our Evita lives were never the same again. 

Although Madonna didn’t even get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Peron, she did take home the Golden Globe (and if you’ll remember it was two months after she gave birth to daughter Lourdes..and who could forget those Globes when she accepted the award?), which would still lead her to the Oscars stage for a somber rendition of “You Must Love Me,” which actually snatched the Oscar over Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me” that same year. 

While it appears that Madonna was nowhere to be found when Webber and co-writer Tim Rice accepted the Oscar, it was a Material music moment that we’ll, um, cherish for the rest of our Madonna lives. 

Well, that and the dance remix of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” of course. 

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