Madonna Takes a Spill at 2015 Brit Awards Bash in London
The 2015 Brit Awards on February 25th will be unforgettable for American pop star Madonna, who took a bad spill onstage while performing her hit single “Living for Love” for a live audience. The fall from the stage at the 02 Arena in London almost derailed Madonna’s first live performance in Britain in more than 20 years.
According to the BBC, Madonna, 56, apparently fell down a set of stairs in an awkward position after one of her dancers tried to remove her red cape she was wearing at the beginning of her dance routine. As luck would have it, the Material Girl did not sustain any serious injuries from the fall. The fallen idol told the media that she was feeling fine and blamed the fall on a wardrobe mishap when the laces that held her cape together refused to give way as they were supposed to.
“Nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up,” the pop diva wrote in an Instagram message, alluding to the lyrics of the song she was performing when the mishap occurred, adding, “Thanks for all your wishes.”
Scheduled to be the last performer for the evening, Madonna ended up closing the show upended with the unexpected tumble along with a wardrobe malfunction, which ultimately caused the fall to occur in the first place. Madonna instead picked herself up, like the trooper that she is, and picked up where she left off as if nothing had happened.
After the awards ceremony wrapped up for the evening, people immediately flocked to their twitter accounts to “tweet” their thoughts on Madonna’s unfortunate mishap. The majority of tweeters were teasing or taunting the star’s fall, but there of course were supporters who felt empathetic towards Madonna, including Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, who made a brief comment about the fall on her Twitter account.
“Are you the sort of person who gloats when they see a woman fall, or the kind that celebrates a magnificent recovery,” Rowling tweeted, triggering a flood of supportive responses from Rowling’s legions of followers.
Kanye West’s performance of his latest hit single “All Day” stirred up controversy with both ITV (Britain’s television station) and the social media world as well. Throughout West’s performance, ITV had to mute out much of the soundtrack because it contained explicit language that was obviously unsuitable even for notoriously raunchy British television. Evidently, West seems to enjoy causing controversy at almost every award ceremony he is invited to attend, which makes one wonder why the producers of the programs keep inviting him back.
This year’s awards ceremony was hosted by television comedy duo Ant & Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly) and was simulcast on ITV and the BBC. This marked Ant and Dec’s second time hosting the awards show, following an initial appearance back in 2001.
This year’s award winners Taylor Swift for best international female artist, Ed Sheeran for best British male solo artist (he also took home the best British album of the year award for “X”), Sam Smith for British breakthrough act and global success, Pharrell Williams for best international male act, Foo Fighters for best international group. Mark Ronson’s single “Uptown Funk” won for best British single, Royal Blood for best British group, Paloma Smith for best British artist and One Direction for best British video award.
According to the BBC, an average of 5.3 million people tuned in to the ceremony on ITV. The overnight ratings rose to 5.8 million when ITV+1 viewers were added in, substantially better than 2014’s 4.6 million viewers but significantly less than 2013’s ratings which topped of at 6.5 million viewers.
The 2015 British awards ceremony may indeed be over, but Madonna and Kanye West’s unforgettable performances will still linger on in peoples’ minds… for just a little while anyway. It took real guts for Madonna to stand up after a bad fall like that and continue performing as if nothing really happened. Madonna’s new self-titled album entitled “Rebel Heart” will be released March 6, 2015.
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