As MTV News shuts down, looking back at Madonna’s 1984 appearance – ‘Am a sexual person and it comes in my performances’
Madonna is a name that is synonymous with music and performance art. In 1984, Madonna appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards and performed her hit single “Like a Virgin”. This performance, which was groundbreaking and controversial at the time, is now recognized as a defining moment in Madonna’s career.
Madonna has always been known for pushing the envelope when it comes to both her music and her performances. She has never shied away from controversial topics or provocative imagery, and her 1984 MTV performance was no exception.
In an interview before the performance, Madonna was asked about her sexuality and how it related to her music and her performances. She replied, “I am a sexual person, and it comes out in my performances. That’s not to say I’m not serious about my music. But I think that the two things can coexist.”
And coexist they did. Madonna’s performance on the MTV Video Music Awards featured the singer strutting around the stage in a wedding dress and a belt that read “Boy Toy”. At one point, she even rolled around on the floor, writhing in a sea of white tulle.
This performance was met with both cheers and jeers. Some praised Madonna for her boldness and her willingness to push boundaries. Others criticized her for being too sexual and too provocative. But regardless of how people felt about her performance, one thing was clear: Madonna had arrived, and she was here to stay.
Over the years, Madonna has continued to push boundaries and challenge societal norms with her music and her performances. She has tackled topics like religion, sexuality, and feminism, and she has done it all with grace and style.
As MTV News shuts down, it’s important to take a moment to appreciate the impact that this network has had on both the music industry and popular culture as a whole. For decades, MTV News has been a trusted source of information and entertainment for millions of people around the world. And while it may be the end of an era, the legacy of MTV News and artists like Madonna will continue to live on for generations to come.