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Celebrate Madonna's Rebel Heart Release By Reliving Her 10 Best Performances.

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Pop legend Madonna has released her 13th album Rebel Heart... and to celebrate, we are reliving some of her greatest live performances.


Express Yourself/Born This Way (MDNA Tour 2012)

When Lady Gaga released her hit single "Born This Way," many critics and Madonna fans noticed that it sounded very similar to Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself." When asked about Gaga in an ABC interview, Madge called her "reductive."  On her MDNA tour, Madonna let the music speak for itself with a mashup of the two songs ending with "She's Not Me" off of her Hard Candy album.


Imagine (Re-Invention Tour 2004)

"Imagine" is one of the world's most beloved songs, so artists tread lightly when covering it or other John Lennon material. Madonna kept her performance simple. No tricks, just her, her band, and a backdrop video created by charity organization Spirituality for Kids.


Holiday (Blonde Ambition Tour 1990)

While the Blonde Ambition Tour featured many controversial moments, "Holiday" proved to be one of the most memorable and least controversial. Used as the beginning of Madonna's encore, this performance was all about having fun and featured the song's original choreography from 1983.


Like A Virgin (MTV VMAs 1984)

Madonna was making a name for herself as a fixture on MTV, but her performance on the first ever Video Music Awards cemented her status as MTV's golden girl of the 1980s. When Madonna began rolling around onstage (completely unrehearsed) producers told the cameraman not to miss a shot.


Vogue (MTV VMAs 1990)

For the 1990 VMAs, Madonna lip-synched to one of the year's biggest hits "Vogue" in a performance that featured Marie Antoinette inspired costumes, paper fans, and men in short shorts fondling Madge's cleavage. Fun fact: Madonna was wearing the same costume worn by Glenn Close in the film Dangerous Liaisons.


Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus (Live at the Paris Olympia 2012)

To celebrate the launch of her MDNA World Tour, Madonna performed a one-off 45 minute show at the Paris Olympia. The show, filmed for LoveLive TV, featured an exclusive performance of the French classic Je T'aime Mon Non Plus with Madonna as the ultimate femme fatale tying up and executing her....um... lover.



You Must Love Me (Academy Awards 1997)

After winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical, the Academy snubbed Madonna's performance as Eva Peron in Evita in the best actress category. Madonna didn't let that get her down. When it came time to perform "You Must Love Me," which won the Oscar for best song, Madonna took the stage and offered one of her best live vocal performances leading to roars of applause from the audience.



Sooner Or Later (Academy Awards 1991)

Madonna's performance of Stephen Sondheim's Oscar winning song "Sooner or Later" saw her play into the pin-up, Marilyn Monroe style she exuded as her Dick Tracy character Breathless Mahoney. The performance highlighted Madonna's ability as a live performer, which at the time was questioned quite frequently.



Living For Love (Brit Awards 2015)

How can we celebrate the release of Rebel Heart without featuring its lead single "Living For Love?" While her Grammy performance went off without a hitch, this performance had a fall that was talked about for days. While her dancers were pulling Madonna's cape off of her, they inadvertently pulled her down a flight of stairs by her neck. Ever the supreme professional, Madonna dusted herself off and continued like nothing happened. That is why she is known as the Queen of Pop.




 Halftime Medley (Super Bowl XLVI 2012)


Madonna lit up Lucas Oil Stadium with a record breaking performance that enlisted the likes of Nicki Minaj, MIA, Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, and Cirque du Soleil, and Moment Factory. Madge entered the field as and Egyptian Queen in costumes by Givenchy and performing "Vogue," "Music," "Party Rock Anthem," "Sexy And I Know It," "Give Me All Your Luvin'," "Open Your Heart," Express Yourself," and ending with "Like A Prayer." The performance was the most watched halftime show up to 2015.


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