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Madonna at 61: her most controversial pop moments

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Madonna at 61: her most controversial pop moments

Madonna at 61: her most controversial pop moments

Madonna Louise Ciccone turns 61 on 16th August.

Since her breakthrough in 1983 with Holiday... ... she's never been far from the headlines.

Her career is filled with pop moments that have caused delight and outrage.

She had the very first wardrobe malfunction in 1984 at the very first MTV Video Music Awards.

One stiletto slipped off her foot, but she styled it out, writhing on the floor... ... giving viewers and MTV a sight they weren't expecting.

In 1989 Madonna said, “Art should be controversial, and that’s all there is to it.” This set the scene for Like A Prayer, which featured imagery commenting on racism and religion.

Pepsi had paid Madonna $5 million to star in adverts and use Like A Prayer in a TV ad... ... the day afterwards, Madonna released the full video, which caused uproar.

The reaction was global - Pope John Paul II urged fans to boycott Madonna.

Pepsi also cancelled her contract.

Madonna upped the ante in 1990 with Justify My Love... ... which had such an explicit video it was banned on MTV.

Two years later, she released her coffee-table book, Sex.

Full of racy images of the singer, it was more talked about than bought.

At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the Queen of the VMAs... ... stole the show by kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera onstage.

Most recently, aside from planting a smacker on an unsuspecting Drake at Coachella in 2015... ... her performance at Eurovision 2019 made a political statement, which wasn't agreed with organisers.

Dancers wore Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs, angering the European Broadcasting Union... ... who stated that Madonna was made aware the event is "non-political".

Madonna's time shaking up the pop world is far from over.


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