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Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna

Here….we…..f@#king…..go. 

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 

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Grammy Performance of the Weekend/Madonna/”Nothing Really Matters”

While there will always be much to tea to sip about any and every one of her performances because, well, it’s Madonna we’re spilling about here, this one is quite the exception as her Lady Geisha worthy performance of “Nothing Really Matters” not only opened the ’99 show, but it also led into Madge winning the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album just a few minutes later for her still stunning Ray of Light record. 

But alas…the true slice of our Material Girl heaven that night came when Madonna–as well as the rest of the entire frickin’ world–got introduced to all of the likes of the fabulous Ricky Martin, who had destroyed our souls with his electrifying performance of “The Cup of Life” a little bit later in the evening. If you’ll recall (really, how can we forget?), Madonna became immediately obsessed with the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer during the telecast, which in turn was a clever disguise as an approval for all of us to do the same…and we most certainly did. 

While Martin was the real winner of the night, it was Madonna who the stole the show in the only way she knows how to do…by being Madonna and making it–and Ricky–her bitch. 

Cover photo courtesy of Today in Madonna History 

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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 way..dance. 

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Capital Cities cover photo courtesy of DLTV.com