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WHAT ABOUT: "Take a Bow" at the American Music Awards

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18 hours ago, Hector said:

Billboard posted this today

http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/amas/8030023/madonna-babyface-best-american-music-awards-performances-1995

Best American Music Awards Performances No. 8: Madonna and Babyface 'Take a Bow' at 1995 AMAs

11/8/2017 by Caitlin Kelley

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In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here is no. No. 8.

Sometimes the hardest act to follow is yourself. 

Throughout the early to mid-’90s, Madonna leaned into the concept that sex sells. But by the time she doled out the 1992 coffee table book Sex -- complete with nude images of herself -- her sexualized image had reached its peak. At the same time, the shock factor of the Erotica era had lost its impact.

Before rebranding became a thing, the chameleon-like “Material Girl” had a way of reinventing her image. This time, she chose to dial it down on her next album, 1994's Bedtime Stories. The autobiographical elements of her poetic balladry exhibited a newfound vulnerability that felt more revealing than her sexual gimmickry. The album’s second single, “Take a Bow,” ended up becoming Madonna’s longest running No. 1 on the Hot 100 with a seven-week run at the top. 

Two months after that song stormed the charts, Madonna and Babyface delivered their only live performance of the track at the American Music Awards on Jan. 30, 1995. The presence of a live orchestra added a lush texture to the song. Madonna’s distinctive vocal colors were given new life through the prism of Babyface’s R&B-style vocal runs.

Looking at Madonna’s sartorial decision from a 2017 perspective, the cultural appropriation of a white woman wearing a cheongsam (a Chinese dress) might not fly -- but it was not entirely random, as the song's pentatonic strings were intended to evoke Chinese opera. The stage production was relatively barren as Madonna and Babyface stood in place while elevated on their respective pillars.

Babyface previously spoke to Billboard about his appearance onstage with Madonna. "I was nervous as hell,” he said. “But you couldn't actually see my legs shaking under the suit. When we finished, she told me she had never been that nervous before. That was crazy to me -- I was thinking, 'You're Madonna, you're on stage all the time!'"

But the stage fright never showed up on Madonna’s theatrical facial expressions, complementing lyrics like, “You deserve an award for the role that you played.”

Watch the entire performance below.

 

Well this is unexpected. But so well deserved. 

I remember watching this performance vividly as a teenager. I wasn't expecting a performance like this from Madonna at the time. And I remember even my mom was impressed with her voice. I've always loved everything about this. 

You could not ESCAPE this song in late 94/early 95 in the states. 

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Are they fucking kidding me with Dress comment!? Really get fucked, I'm wearing a Chinese dress 2moro.

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13 minutes ago, acko said:

Are they fucking kidding me with Dress comment!? Really get fucked, I'm wearing a Chinese dress 2moro.

Haha, i know right. I stopped reading there. Stupid Caca cult clan anyway. 

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1 hour ago, acko said:

Are they fucking kidding me with Dress comment!? Really get fucked, I'm wearing a Chinese dress 2moro.

fucking morons. i grew up thinking showing other cultures with appreciation is a good thing. (bart peters made a career out of it.) it's the bored tumblr kids with essays who got a lot of attention that ruined it. now suddenly everyone is offended by nothing. like we're all supposed to be stuck in our ways. of course when you mock someone's culture or use stereotypes in a negative way, i can see why there is criticism. but M doesnt do that. most artists dont

also, take a bow has eastern sounds.

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I love this performance so so much. Its her only live performance of thise beautiful masterpiece.

I liked everything from stage, costume to her voice.

 

I think this is her only AMA performance right ? They, like Grammy , never acknowleged our Queen.

 

 

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Well cultural appropriation accusations have definitely infiltrated mainstream discourse. Just wish it didn’t mean all accusations have equal merit. Nuance is very important. 

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On 9/11/2017 at 1:35 AM, Hector said:

 

 

All the world loves a cloooo😹😹oooown

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23 hours ago, HolidayGuy said:

It was a fine performance.

(spotlight, where is that gif from?)

It's from the MDNA Skin ad.

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Thanks- looks as glorious as she did at the 1995 AMAS. Very classic Madonna.

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this song is not harder than ray of light and she did that song a few times; i think it's just a sad song and m couldn't really relate to it to sing it several nights in a row. but i think she's warmed up to it apparently ;)

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On 09/11/2017 at 9:54 PM, Nick said:

Well cultural appropriation accusations have definitely infiltrated mainstream discourse. Just wish it didn’t mean all accusations have equal merit. Nuance is very important. 

It's all ridiculous.

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On 2017-11-10 at 1:06 PM, HolidayGuy said:

It was a fine performance.

(spotlight, where is that gif from?)

It’s from this video. Isn’t she lovely in it!?!?!

 

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11 hours ago, IsaacHarris said:

She looked marvelous :asian:

 

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  • Gorgeous :inlove::inlove:
  • i love her in red.:inlove:

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Obsessed with the track/look/performance.etc. Perfection. 

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