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  1. Wow. That's every performer's worst nightmare: falling off the stage (in this case, getting dragged off it), but she proved, once more, what a fighter she is. She has fallen on stage before, just like every single dancer or performer in the world (if what you do is dance, falling is a part of it, that's why you learn so early to fall properly), but falling during a live tv show is more brutal, especially for someone as perfectionist as she is. But just the fact that, after a fall like that, she regrouped herself and carried on comes to show what she's made of. There's a very wicked irony about this. During the first performance of the song at the Grammys, there was a wardrobe malfunction as well, when the shoulder pad came off, which I'm sure drove her nuts. This time, it was the cape. And both while performing a song that talks about survival, about coming stronger after stumbling and being broken down. To me, this is the universe reminding us how powerful her message is: you're going to go through pain and difficulties, but you'll come up stronger. That is the message of the song, that is the message of Madonna. Love lifted her up today. I've always had a tremendous respect for the girl, but what I saw tonight just made me fall in love with her all over again. Because, in the end, we all fall down, but that's the difference between those who are good and those who are great: the latter stand up again and keep on walking. More than ever before, I love you, M
  2. Well, to tell you the truth, I've never really understood the point of having professional critics. I understand that, when it comes to new acts, they can spread the word and make people hear about them, but when we are talking about well-known bands or artists, what's the point? In the end, when it comes to art, it's all too subjective and everyone has their own opinions. And when it comes to someone who's been in the business for more than 30 years, especially a figure as controversial and polarizing as Madonna, I think it's even worse, because before these critics get to hear the music, they already have an opinion about it, which is based on whether they like or not the artist or band they're reviewing. In M's case, if the person reviewing her material happens to be a fan, it will be generally favorable; If it happens to be a hater, it will be generally unfavorable. And do you guys know that many people without an opinion on M, people who are not lovers or haters but who are indifferent towards what she's done and her career? Because I don't. Most people I know have an opinion on her and, in most cases, it's rather extreme. Lover her or hate her, it's impossible not to have something to say about M. For that particular reason, I don't pay attention to her albums' reviews. I wish they all were good, because I love her and I want her to do as well as she can, but I accept the fact that when you're such a provocateur as she is, most people are not going to give you an easy time; and that could be applied to every thing. The longer she stays relevant and the more she pushes people's buttons (and we know she'll always do that), the harsher it's going to be for her. Not until the day people start seeing her as a weaker version of herself (physically, mentally, artistically even) will she receive the praise she deserves. Because nothing in this world is as threatening and scary as a strong person in control of his/her life. The great thing, on the other hand, is that those whose lover her will always be there for her, no matter what. And, by the way, for what I've heard of the album so far, I think it's going to be her best album in 15 years. So great times ahead of us
  3. Well, I think she's never going to receive the credit she truly deserves, not until the day she dies (as dramatic as this might sound). But it's always the same in these cases. I mean, I remember the last five or six years of Michael Jackson and it was very sad, because everybody made fun of him, everybody mocked him, the music industry, the media...everyone. And then he died and, suddenly, it was all about praise and what a genius he was and what an incredibly legacy he left. I understand that those allegations harmed his career but, in the end, it's just about the general public not being able to understand how much of an impact these artists have had in music and in our societies. And in M's case, it's even worse, just because she's a woman over the age of fifty who's still extremely successful in everything that she does, and a lot of people can't simply cope with that. In the end, they've been trying to destroy her for three decades and they haven't been able to, so that's caused so much frustration in those people that it might be fairly difficult for them just to move on and keep on with their lives. She's a rebel, she's intelligent, she's provocative, she's political and she pushes people's buttons. And, what's worse, she's hot as hell. So put it all together and you've got all the reasons why some people won't stand her. Ultimately, I think, it all comes to prove her brilliance.
  4. Hi, guys. I've been reading for a long time but this is my first time commenting. I think the performance was very solid, especially bearing in mind the fact that it's the beginning of a new era, with a new song, a new choreography and all that. She sang very well, in my opinion, but probably wasn't at her best dancing. Like you guys said, she looked a bit stiff, but she usually does when she hasn't been touring for a while (I think it was pretty much the same with the first "Hung Up" performance at the MTV: it got much better after that). I'm sure she'll look much more relaxed at the Brits. What I loved most, by far, was the fact that she seemed having a lot of fun, which hasn't always been the same when performing at awards shows. Nervous as she was, I think she seems much more in control of herself in that regard nowadays. And, by the way, I love, love, love "Living for Love". Looking forward to a new incredible era. PS: she looked so damn hot! Loved it!
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