Grammy Performance of the Day/Madonna/’Nothing Really Matters”

Madonna, meet Ricky…….Ricky, meet Madonna…….

……..and, well, that’s pretty much how it happened at the 1999 Grammy Awards

Of course, the mucho caliente and ridiculously gigantic IT we’re spilling about here is the Latin Music Explosion (J.Lo!Enrique!Marc!Ay dios mio!) that occurred when the one-and-only Mr. Ricky Martin served us pelvic thrusting life with his Earth shattering performance of his globally gobbling single, “The Cup of Life.”

Although that performance (we’re still on the floor two decades later)was enough to cement the soon-to-be “Livin La Vida Loca” superstar’s arrival into our lives, Ricky oh, so quickly rose to icon status thanks to his new hugely obsessed fan and bestie, Madonna.

The Material Mom (shout out to a then two-and-a-half year old Ms. Lourdes!!) had already rightfully snatched the evening to call her baby, so why not Mr. Martin, too? And that’s what she certainly did. 

Already serving us reinvented life with a Geisha draped (and flame twirling!) opening performance of “Nothing Really Matters,” the Kabbalah Kween also went to add a few more Grammys to her already shining mantle(s) that blessed evening, including ones for Best Dance Recording for “Ray of Light,” and Best Pop Album for the absolutely still magnificent record of the same name. 

But perhaps the best part of it all? This was Madonna’s….get ready…first ever Grammy appearance. Now, that’s some snatching it all, right? Well played, Madge, well-played.

Of course, that’s why we’ll always live for our beloved Queen of Pop and for this truly memorable Grammy moment in music time. And may we always strive to live that vida loca because of it…always. 

For more Grammy shenanigans all week long plus, like, so much more and stuff, hit the stage with Philly Mixtape right here and here!

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air this Sunday night, February 10th at 8 pm ET. Check your local listings!! 

Cover photo courtesy of Telemundo 




Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna


In just five excruciatingly long days, our very own (and just so precious!) Philadelphia Eagles will take on that other team in Super Bowl LII, while Justin Timberlake will be taking the reigns as our halftime performance host with (hopefully) the most. 

While there’s little tea to be spilled as to what (or who???) Mr. Man of the Woods will be trotting out onto the field this Sunday (stay tuned for a complete Philly Mixtape style analysis later this week), the only thing to do is to tune in and watch it all go down (and that it will, that other teams fans) this Sunday night. 

But of course while we oh, so patiently wait for it all, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reminisce sesh (isn’t that right, Left Shark?) and spill about Super Bowl performances from the past….and kicking things is off is a gigantic set from Madonna that rocked our worlds on Feb 5th, 2012. 

Taking center stage, er, field, Madge burst into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (this was the year the New York Giants beat that team the Eagles are playing) draped and dripping in Givenchy and Bulgari –with that Phillip Treacy crown!–armed with a fortress of Calvin Klein clad Roman-Egyptian Gods while serving us pure “Vogue” realness.

Collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil’s Jamie King and Moment Factory, the Material Girl delivered a high flying twelve minute spectacle that also included hits “Music,” (hey, LMFAO…where ya been?), “Give Me All Your Lovin,” and marching band/Cee Lo assisted versions of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart.” Closing with a halo clutching rendition of “Like a Prayer,” in which the legendary Ms. M literally dropped from the stage into a cloud of heavenly smoke. Like…literally. 

However….sigh….although Her Madge-sty’s now legendary sports showdown set a then Super Bowl halftime-show ratings record with 114 million viewers tuning in (higher than the game itself), it didn’t come off without a hitch…and it was all M.I.A.’s fault. For whatever reason, the “Paper Planes” spitstress decided to flip the world her middle bird during her closing verse on “Lovin,” where we soon learned what happens when you just don’t hit that censor button quite fast enough. M.I.A. was highly criticized for her bold expletive and later fined a whopping $16.6 million which was settled in a confidential agreement in 2014.

But whatever the court case may be (we also doubt Madonna and M.I.A. have spilled tea since then, although the “Frozen” diva did accept her apology), Madonna‘s half-time slay not only solidified another reason why we’re still completely obsessed with everything she does, but it set the bar for every performer who’s stepped in the half-time performance spotlight since. 

In a word, you watching, JT? Because you’ve got some serious werk to do this Sunday. So, Let’s do it. 

Go Birds!

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 


Groove of the Evening/Capital Cities/”Holiday”

A fairly pleasant post-holiday Monday evening in Philly plus this insatiable Capital Cities cover of Madonna‘s “Holiday” plus this accompanying video equals..well, you’ll see.

Let’s groove it on out into a fresh new week, kids! Yas. Wait, how many more days until Friday?? Either 

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