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Beyoncé Gives ‘Queen Mother’ Madonna Shoutout at New Jersey Renaissance Tour Stop

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Beyoncé ‘s back-to-back nights at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, this past weekend were two of the most star-studded shows of the Renaissance tour thus far. Greta Gerwig and America Ferrera watched the show from risers, while singer and songwriter Kehlani was close enough to the stage to snap a selfie with Beyoncé. Laverne Cox attended both nights and penned a heartfelt, revelatory caption about how the concert made her feel born again. Also in the audience was Madonna , who received a shoutout from one queen to another.

“Big shoutout to the queen,” Beyoncé told the music icon, who was positioned in risers at the Sunday night show. “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you.”

Madonna is in the house at Beyoncé’s show at MetLife Stadium tonight! #RENAISSANCEWorldTour pic.twitter.com/CIZDZykCiq — RENAISSANCE Updates🪩 (@B7Album) July 31, 2023

“Bessie Smith, Nina Simone (Vogue)/Betty Davis, Solange Knowles,” Beyoncé sings on the house remix. “Badu, Lizzo, Kelly Rowl’ (You know you can do it)/Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack/Toni, Janet, Tierra Whack (Let your body move to the music)/Missy, Diana, Grace Jones/Aretha, Anita, Grace Jones (Hey, hey, hey)/Helen Folasade Adu, Jilly from Philly, I love you, boo (Come on, vogue).”

The breakdown worked its way into the Renaissance tour setlist for one of the show’s most high-energy moments.

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“Thank you for your positive energy, prayers, and words of healing and encouragement. I have felt your love,” Madonna wrote on Instagram in early July, adding a selfie of herself inside her home. “I’m on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life.”

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Beyoncé Shouts Out ‘Queen’ Madonna During New Jersey Renaissance World Tour Show

The pop legend was spotted in the crowd at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in one of her first public outings since her hospitalization last month for a bacterial infection.

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Though Madonna ‘s 40th anniversary Celebration dates in the U.S. have been postponed due to the serious bacterial infection that landed her in a New York ICU last month, the singer made it out to Beyoncé ‘s show in New Jersey on Sunday in one of her first public appearances since the hospitalization.

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“Big shout out to the queen,” Beyoncé said while working the stage during the song that got a “ Queens Remix ” last year featuring vocals from both powerhouses in their first official collaboration. “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you,” Bey said in a performance that also slid in a nod to Madonna’s iconic 1990 club track “Vogue.”

Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, announced last month that the singer had spent several days in intensive care due to a “serious bacterial infection.” On Sunday, Madonna wrote a note to fans thanking them for their support during this difficult period. “Love from family and friends is the best Medicine . One month out of the hospital and I can reflect,” Madonna said.

“As a Mother you can really get caught up In the needs Of your children and the seemingly endless giving,” she added. “But when the chips were down my children really showed up for me. I saw a side to them I had never seen before. It made all the difference.”

Check out some of the images of Madonna at the show below.

Madonna at #RenaissanceWorldTour last night! ❤️👑 pic.twitter.com/RRHDyaWtEa — Beyoncé Press. 🪩 | Fan Account (@beyoncepress) July 31, 2023
Beyoncé gives Madonna who was in the audience, a shout out ❤️😍 #Madonna #Beyonce pic.twitter.com/N3hvr9eYJB — Matt #MadonnaAustralia (@GregvsMatt) July 31, 2023

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Beyoncé gives madonna a shout-out at her renaissance tour show.

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Madonna attended Beyoncé’s Renaissance world tour concert in New Jersey Sunday — and was treated to a warm welcome from her fellow performer.

"Big shout-out to the queen," Beyoncé said during her performance of t he “Queens Remix” of “Break My Soul” at MetLife Stadium, before continuing with the song’s lyric, “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you.”

Madonna, who was in attendance with daughters Mercy, 17, and 10-year-old twins Stella and Estere, posted on Instagram, “Thank You Queen B. for your Magnificent show! My Daughters were enthralled! We Love you!”

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The love is mutual — following the release of the “Queens Remix” of “Break My Soul” last year, Madonna showcased the bouquet of flowers and note sent to her by Beyoncé.

"Thank you, Queen. I am so grateful for you. You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix. Love always and forever, B,” read the message from Beyoncé that was posted to Madonna’s Instagram stories at the time.

Over the photo, Madonna wrote, "❤️ ❤️ Thank you !! from one 👑 to another 👑. I love the remix!"

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Release the love, forget the rest! Beyoncé gave a hearfelt shout-out to Madonna on Sunday at the New Jersey stop of her Renaissance tour.

Paying tribute to the “Queen Mother,” Beyoncé singled out the recovering Material Girl during her performance of “Break My Soul, ” which heavily samples Madonna’s 1990 hit “Vogue.”

Madonna happened to be in the audience at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., that night and her presence did not go unnoticed by the history-making Grammy Award winner .

“Big shout-out to the Queen! Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you!” Bey said onstage during “The Queens Remix” of her Grammy-winning hit — a remix that her fellow house-inspired pop luminary collaborated on.

Concertgoer footage posted on social media showed Madonna bopping along in a VIP box at the concert. And the shout-out came the same day Madonna revealed how she “realized how lucky I am to be alive” one month after her hospitalization for a “serious bacterial infection.” (TV queen Oprah Winfrey, pal and journalist Gayle King and Bey’s mom Tina Knowles-Lawson also were in attendance — but more on that later.)

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The “Like a Virgin” singer reciprocated the love, taking to her Instagram stories Tuesday to recap her time at the concert.

“Thank you Queen B. for your Magnificent show! My Daughters were enthralled! We Love You,” she wrote , sharing a photo of the stage with “Queen Mother Madonna” projected behind Beyoncé’s dancers.

Madge also shared a photo of her group posing with Beyoncé backstage, which included her daughters Mercy James, 17, and twins Stelle and Estere, 10, with a rare sighting of Bey’s 6-year-old daughter Rumi.

The superstar powerhouses have a friendship history that predates their remix, and one that includes adulation at their concerts.

Madonna praised the “Single Ladies” singer in December 2013 when she attended Bey’s show in Brooklyn during the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour that year, taking to Instagram to highlight a tender moment between her daughter Mercy James and the headliner.

“Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world!” Madonna wrote , adding a photo of Bey kissing her then-8-year-old. “Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen B!”

Earlier that year, the “Cuff It” hit maker revealed that she was inspired by Madonna when she screened her self-titled visual album at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

“I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire,” she reportedly said at the time, “and show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success. You can do it yourself.”

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She also told the Gentlewoman that there aren’t enough women like Madonna in the music industry: “I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved and started the label and developed other artists. But there are not enough of those women.”

Another icon, Winfrey — whose final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2011 included sendoffs from Beyoncé and Madonna — also was moved by Bey’s delivery of “Break My Soul” at the concert.

“I have never in my life experienced something as transcendent as @beyonce’s Renaissance Tour,” she wrote on Instagram , sharing a clip of her dancing in the pit with King and Knowles-Lawson.

“That kind of talent, synergy, expression, and anointing is something that comes straight from a Source that creates the planets. The dancers, the production, the musicians, and the team in front and behind the scenes, all perfectly align to create a renaissance in today’s world. You must see it,” she added.

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In a video posted on her OprahDaily account, the producer said she was “in awe” and said it’s “the most extraordinary show” she’s ever seen.

“CBS Mornings” host King echoed those sentiments.

“Some things are worth staying up on a school night and it starts with B...BEYONCÉ!” she wrote on Instagram . “I see @oprah got over her concern about standing on her feet for 3 hours at a concert...sister girl never sat down! definitely going again, my jaw is still on the floor!”

Knowles-Lawson concurred, writing , “We partied till the wheels fell off!”

The celeb-filled confab was not lost on the commenters, prompting TV host Sherri Shepherd to reply to Knowles-Lawson’s post with “all the aunties in one place!!!❤️”

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It was a Girls Night Out for two of the biggest names in music on Sunday. After recovering from a recent health scare , Madonna made the trek across the river to New Jersey to attended Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour at MetLife Stadium.

Of course, the longtime friends and colleagues showed each other some love during the night. Half way through her performance of “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé shouted out Madonna, who looked on in the crowd. “Big shoutout to the queen,” she said on stage “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you.”

Madonna attended the concert with her three younger daughters, 17-year-old Mercy James and 10-year-old twins Stella and Estere. While all four dressed to their personal style, it seemed they settled on a family theme of utilitarian black boots for the night. Madonna, notably, was dressed in items from the recent fashion collaborations between her longtime friend Donatella Versace and her one-time duet partner, Dua Lipa .

Judging by Instagram snaps, the younger Ciccones were captivated by the performance. The two powerhouses also met backstage to commemorate the moment. In a rare sighting, Beyoncé’s daughter, Rumi (who is now six), also joined the group.

“Thank you Queen B for your magnificent show,” Madonna captioned a photo of the two singers and their daughters on her Instagram story. “My daughters were enthralled! We love you!”

Madonna and Beyoncé pose with their children at the "Renaissance" tour.

In August of last year, Beyoncé continued to give Madonna her flowers (literally) with the release of the “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix).” The track samples Madonna’s “Vogue” and also shouts out other icons like Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, and Whitney Houston.

“I’m so grateful for you,” Beyoncé wrote in a note to Madonna, attached to a bouquet of white lilies. “You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix.”

Madge has enlisted the help of Beyoncé for her own music, too. Back in 2015, the Renaissance singer made a cameo (albeit brief) in the popstar’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” video.

Madonna’s appearance at the concert comes after weeks of speculation regarding her health. On June 28th, it was reported that the singer was transported to the hospital after being found unconscious in her New York apartment.

Thankfully, though, she has recovered from the “bacterial infection” after a days-long stay in the ICU. The singer has been forced to postpone the North American leg of “Celebration” tour which now kicks off in London on October 14th. “I’m on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life,” Madonna wrote in a statement.

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Beyoncé paid tribute to Queen of Pop Madonna as she attended the songstress’ latest Renaissance World Tour concert on Monday following her recent health scare.

The 64-year-old looked in good spirits as she watched Beyoncé from one of two VIP stages at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

During the Vogue section of Break My Soul (The Queens Remix), Beyoncé, 41, stopped to shout out to the pop icon while strutting down the stage in a glittering pink ensemble.

She said to cheers in the stadium: “Big shoutout to the queen. Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you.”

It is not the first time the Grammy-winner has paid tribute to Madonna, shouting her out last August when the song was released as a surprise for fans.

Taking to Instagram, Beyoncé shared a message attached to a bouquet of white flowers for Madonna which read: “I’m so grateful for you.

“You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix.”

The Material Girl then shared the thank you on her own Stories and responded in her caption: “Thank you!! From one [queen] to another. I love the remix!”

Beyoncé’s shoutout comes after Madonna was hospitalised in late June with a “ serious bacterial infection” that put her in intensive care for several days.

She later confirmed she was “on the road to recovery” and recuperating at home after being forced to postpone several dates of her world tour.

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The singer was due to begin Madonna: The Celebration Tour in Canada on July 15 before she suffered the infection.

Her tour was set to take in stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles, before moving to Europe.

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One fan told The Sun: “The whole point of going to the concert is seeing her in person and watching the spectacle of the production. It’s ridiculous. If I only wanted to hear the concert, I’d stand outside in the car park.”

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Madonna and Beyoncé snap photo with their kids at recent Renaissance tour stop

"My daughters were enthralled! We love you," Madonna enthused.

Madonna is the latest A-lister to attend Beyoncé 's Renaissance tour — and the two pop superstars managed to pack an unfathomable amount of star power into a single photo following the show.

The "Material Girl" singer shared the photos — taken backstage at Beyonce's New Jersey show at MetLife Stadium — to her Instagram story. The pic shows Madonna and daughters Mercy, Stella and Estere posing with Beyoncé and daughter Rumi.

"Thank you Queen B. for your Magnificent show!" Madonna wrote. "My daughters were enthralled! We love you."

Beyoncé gave a special shoutout to the "Like a Prayer" singer during her performance of "Break My Soul": "Big shoutout to the queen. Queen mother, Madonna, we love you."

Last year, the two singers collaborated on "Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)," a reinterpretation of the lead single from Beyoncé's Renaissance . The track samples Madonna's 1990 hit "Vogue" and features an extended tribute to legendary female singers including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, and Lauryn Hill, echoing the last verse of "Vogue."

One of Madonna's photos captured a moment during the "Break My Soul" performance that paid visual tribute to the singer, with the words "Queen mother Madonna" illuminated on the stage.

During a performance of the song on Tuesday, Beyoncé appeared to skip Lizzo 's name in the "Queens" section of the song, following the news that the "Truth Hurts" singer is being sued by three of her former backup dancers .

Madonna recently overcame a health scare when she was hospitalized for a bacterial infection in June. The singer posted an update on her recovery on Sunday, thanking her kids for their support: "When the chips were down, my children really showed up for me," she wrote. "I saw a side to them I had never seen before. It made all the difference."

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At Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour , you wear silver, as decreed by the queen. At the Eras tour , you don an outfit that corresponds to your favorite chapter of Taylor Swift’s career. At Madonna’s Celebration tour , which opened in London last weekend, the crowd’s costumes were decidedly more muted, but no less devotional. A quick scan revealed that a good deal of the audience—mostly middle-aged women and gay men—was wearing T-shirts from past Madonna tours: rare Girlie Show relics from 1993, brightly-colored tees sold on 2006’s Confessions tour, hugely coveted Blond Ambition bomber jackets that date back 33 years. Much of this vintage merch was threadbare and faded—but worn with ecstatic pride.

The shirts made for an appropriate uniform given the show’s unspoken central theme: I’m still kicking . Madonna’s first arena tour in seven years lived up to its name, as a celebration of both her remarkable artistry and of the fact that, yes, she’s still singing and dancing, despite almost all her contemporaries being retired, dead, or relegated to the oldies circuit. The 65-year-old nearly died earlier this year, after a bacterial infection landed her in the hospital ; while she didn’t address her illness directly at Tuesday night’s show, she did seem earnestly grateful to see 20,000 adoring fans staring back at her. “Thanks for hanging in there for me, I appreciate it,” she said, before snapping back into Madonna mode: “Now enough of this sentimental bullshit.”

When the Celebration tour was announced, it seemed like a capitulation, at long last, to those wishing for a cut-and-dry greatest hits set—something that Madonna seemingly views as a fate worse than death, given her prickly relationship with her own legacy. In reality, the show was far more complicated and curated: While it wasn’t lacking in beloved classics, it often came across like Madonna’s attempt to relitigate the trajectory of her own career, which has experienced more peaks and valleys than nearly any other performer of her ilk. The biggest hits of each of her records were often eschewed for other singles that weren’t as commercially dominant: Ray of Light ’s “Nothing Really Matters” instead of “Frozen”; “Into the Groove” and “Burning Up” but no “Borderline” or “Material Girl”; “Bedtime Story” and “Rain” but no “Take a Bow,” her longest-running U.S. chart-topper.

It would be hard to come away from Celebration feeling shortchanged, though. Madonna’s voice arguably sounded the best it has since Ray of Light , when she had undergone rigorous vocal training for Evita . She glided above ballads like “Human Nature” and “Crazy for You,” yodeled through “Ray of Light,” and didn’t miss a beat on any of her ’80s material, recorded when her voice was markedly higher.

The set was filled with guests, all of them in complete reverence of the woman whose name was on the flag flying high above the O2 Arena. Diplo received a lap dance from a male dancer and judged a drag ball with Madonna during “Vogue.” Three of Madonna’s children appeared: Mercy, playing grand piano on “Bad Girl”; David, playing guitar on “Mother and Father”; and 11-year-old Estere, who received rapturous applause as she vogued and held her own alongside the professionals during “Don’t Tell Me.”

The show opened with the night’s MC, Drag Race winner and comedian Bob the Drag Queen, dressed in full Madonna-as-Marie-Antoinette regalia. Bob proceeded to remind the audience of their hero’s humble origins—arriving in New York on a bus from Detroit with $35 in her pocket—and of just how much culture she’s shifted over the intervening 40 years: “She taught us a lot over the years: She taught us how to dance, she taught us how to express ourselves, she taught us how to party, and she taught us how to fuck.”

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Madonna and Bob the Drag Queen at London’s O2 Arena on October 15, 2023

The rest of the show felt like an Architectural Digest walkthrough of the Madonna archives, as she shimmied across three catwalks, stepping into sets that echoed past tours and iconic moments. The circular main stage occasionally rose to three tiers, in a nod to her scandalous “Like a Virgin” performance from 1984; at one point, she sat next to a dancer dressed like ’80s Madonna (“I keep her always in my heart… I’m gonna go over here and give her a hug, because she went through it”) and at another she laid down with a dancer wearing a Blond Ambition-era cone bra. In the show’s spectacular final moments, dozens of Madonnas flooded the stage, from Erotica -era dominatrix Madge to the pink-leotarded “Hung Up” iteration, all dancing along to the underrated Rebel Heart cut “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which was co-produced by SOPHIE.

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Throughout, Madonna was careful to throw in reminders of just how influential she’s been: The hook of Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy” introduced “Like a Prayer” (an insane tonal jump); before “Hung Up,” Madonna “FaceTimed” the Gen Z Dominican star Tokischa , who rapped a few bars of their collaborative remix of the song before Madonna performed the real thing; and a video montage featured old clips of stars like Ariana Grande and Beyoncé speaking about the impact of her career. In the past, Madonna’s moments of legacy-affirmation could be outright mean—see her MDNA tour performance of “Express Yourself” that worked Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” into a track titled, ahem, “She’s Not Me”—but these nods didn’t feel like they were score-settling or bratty.

Madonna’s shows are known for being meticulous and highly conceptual, but this bricolage of past styles and aesthetics made Celebration feel unusually scrappy. That ramshackle quality was also the show’s greatest strength, allowing for brilliant choreographed moments, like a recreation of the dance from the “Don’t Tell Me” video, alongside Madonna’s trademark vaudevillian raunch (making out with one of her topless female dancers after “Hung Up”) and sections that felt off-the-cuff. She shredded and noodled her way through “Burning Up” on electric guitar, as images of CBGB flashed in the background, turning a 40-year-old song into something punchy and galvanizing. And throughout the show, the often-imperious star looked to be having as much fun as anyone in the crowd, cracking jokes with her dancers, bantering with Bob, and giggling as she, blindfolded and dressed in lingerie, was guided up and down the catwalk during “Hung Up.”

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Madonna playing “Burning Up” at the O2 Arena on October 15, 2023

For all the festivities, the show didn’t shy away from an aspect of Madonna’s career that’s become more and more clear over the past 20 years: The life of a trailblazer is a solitary one. She performed the wounded 2003 track “Mother and Father,” about the death of her mother and subsequent alienation from her father, with her son David; the song is reviled by fans for its middle-eight rap, but I find it to be one of the most shattering songs in her entire oeuvre, and this performance captured all its icy, grief-stricken anger.

As she sang “Live to Tell,” from 1986’s True Blue , the arena was filled with large screens bearing the names and faces of those lost to AIDS. Floating above the crowd in a silver frame, Madonna gazed at the faces of cultural icons like Keith Haring, Arthur Ashe, and Cookie Mueller, sometimes looking genuinely distraught. The scene telegraphed an almost-uncomfortable sense of loneliness; Madonna is often championed as one of the only celebrities brave enough to speak about the AIDS crisis in the ’80s and ’90s, and this was a moment that showed the flipside of that coin with stark sobriety. At other points, she paid tribute to her late pop peers, Michael Jackson and Prince. These constant reminders of death created a sense of immense gratitude, both from Madonna to the audience and vice-versa. What could have been one of the show’s most wan moments—an acoustic cover of “I Will Survive”—was met with raucous approval. “Did you think I’d lay down and die?” she sang. “No fucking way.”

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Madonna has seemingly made a full recovery following her recent health scare. The iconic singer shared her appreciation for her friends and family over the weekend, revealing that she got emotional after receiving a great amount of support. The 64-year-old star continued to celebrate her recovery by attending the highly anticipated performance of one of her longtime friends, Beyoncé .

Fans of the two stars shared their excitement after seeing Madonna in attendance at the MetLife Stadium concert in New Jersey on Sunday. Beyoncé quickly learned that the singer was in the audience and decided to give her a very special shout-out during her fan-favorite song ‘Break My Soul.’

Madonna at #RenaissanceWorldTour last night! ❤️👑 pic.twitter.com/RRHDyaWtEa — Beyoncé Press. 🪩 | Fan Account (@beyoncepress) July 31, 2023

“Big shoutout to the queen,” Beyoncé said, as she strutted down the stage “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you,” she concluded, performing her incredible choreography in a stunning pink ensemble.

“Beyoncé continuing to give Madonna her flowers makes me so happy to see,” one person commented after the video became viral. “Happy to see one Legend support another,” someone else wrote, adding, “I wish someone filmed her reaction.”

Madonna is in the house at Beyoncé’s show at MetLife Stadium tonight! #RENAISSANCEWorldTour pic.twitter.com/CIZDZykCiq — RENAISSANCE Updates🪩 (@B7Album) July 31, 2023

Back in August, Beyoncé shared a sweet tribute to Madonna after the release of the ‘Queens Remix’ of ‘Break My Soul,’ and even sent her a bouquet of white flowers. “I’m so grateful for you. You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix,” she wrote at the time.

“Thank you!! From one [queen] to another. I love the re-mix!” Madonna captioned the post and added heart and crown emojis.

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Find Out How Madonna Honored Beyoncé On ‘Celebration Tour’ Opening Night

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Madonna has kickstarted her " Celebration Tour " and is honoring her fellow legends while she's at it!

The highly anticipated tour began its kickoff on Saturday, October 14, at the O2 Arena in London, and the iconic singer delivered, but not without paying tribute to fellow singer Beyoncé , who just rounded up her record-breaking "Renaissance Tour."

Madonna Included Beyoncé's Clip On 'Celebration Tour' Opening Night

Before getting on stage to do her thing, Madonna included a clip of Beyoncé honoring her legacy in the interlude. While photos of the "Vogue" songstress over the years were displayed on the screen, a clip of Beyoncé hailing Madonna as a "powerhouse" during the release party of her self-titled album played in the background. The video stated:

“I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna, and be a powerhouse, and have my own Empire."

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The "La Isla Bonita" singer didn't stop there but also included Beyoncé's vocals from BREAK MY SOUL (Queens Remix)  during her show. Recall that Queen B released the remix shortly after the release of "RENAISSANCE," incorporating elements of Madonna's 1990 hit "Vogue."

Fans immediately celebrated the tribute, with one user writing, "Madonna is making one thing clear: the only person who she thinks can fill the space she will leave is Beyoncé." Another remarked, "If it's one thing queen M is gonna do is not censor s---. Queens supporting queens."

This pained fan wrote, "Still sad they never got to do it together on Beyoncé's tour," while another described them as "Two Mothers."

Recall that Madonna was present during the New Jersey stop of Beyoncé's "Renaissance World Tour" and received an equally enthralling tribute to the great performer. It was a family affair for the "Like A Virgin" singer, who was joined by her daughters, 17-year-old Mercy and 10-year-olds Stella and Estere.

. @Beyonce is included in the interlude of Madonna's new tour #CelebrationTour ✨ pic.twitter.com/OMow4A8mCs — Beyoncé Press. 🪩 (@beyoncepress) October 15, 2023

During her performance, Queen B gave her pal a sweet shout-out , saying, "Big shout out to the Queen. Queen Mother Madonna, we love you!" Also, Bey and Madonna linked backstage and took the cutest family photos, which featured Beyoncé's six-year-old daughter, Rumi.

Madonna's Daughters Also Took The Stage On The Big Night

Not only did Madonna pay tribute to Beyoncé, but it seems she took a leaf out of her "Renaissance Tour" book and brought her daughters  — Lourdes, Mercy, and Estere — on stage.

Proving she inherited her mother's talent, 17-year-old Mercy was seen playing the instrumental to her mom's iconic song "Bad Girl" on a grand piano as Madonna, who sat next to her, sang soulfully.

Fans also got to see 10-year-old Estere, who is a twin, show off her impressive dance moves while her mom performed a mashup of "Vogue." The pre-teen was seen voguing and strutting the runway in style. Finally, 27-year-old Lourdes, who is making a name for herself as a model and fashion influencer, had a dance session of her own.

Better quality of Madonna’s daughter Estere dancing pic.twitter.com/BSqpfemK4t — LittleNonnie (@sarcasmNbooks) October 15, 2023

Fans online compared the moment to when Blue Ivy joined Beyonce on stage to dance to "Power" from her "Lion King" album. One fan wrote, "Blue Ivy paved the way for all celebrity kids to go on tour with their mamas." Another comment read, "Blue Ivy and Madonna's daughter are their mothers' successors."

Others, however, remarked that Madonna led the way as her daughters had been performing with her long ago. "Folks saying that Madonna was copying Beyonce for having her daughter perform like Blue did on the Renaissance Tour. Let me take you back to 2019," the fan wrote.

Another urged, " The comments you know... now they are rivaling Blue Ivy with Madonna's daughters , stop being BORING and honor the important support and prominence that both have given to the community and especially to ballroom culture."

While the first night of the "Celebration Tour" was no doubt eventful, it wasn't without some glitches as Madonna faced some technical issues with the sound, making the show come to a halt for a while. However, the 65-year-old took control of the situation and made light of the situation.

"This is exactly what you don't want to happen on your opening night, so this wasn't planned, I'm sorry," the "Papa Don't Preach" singer told her fans while entertaining them with stories about her journey to greatness.

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With Madonna’s Celebration Tour, the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

By Liam Hess

With Madonnas Celebration Tour the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

At London’s O2 Arena earlier this week, at the start of Madonna’s Celebration tour, chatter of disbelief could be heard in the crowd as people took their seats to a DJ set of club classics, courtesy of Honey Dijon. Disbelief for a few reasons: first, that Madonna would be taking to the stage at all, after a life-threatening bacterial infection just four months ago put her in the ICU and postponed the tour. Second, that an artist who has always plugged herself into (and often entirely reshaped) the zeitgeist should, by undertaking a greatest-hits tour, decide to look back instead of looking forward.

But then the lights went down, the music started pumping, the spectacle began—and any lingering questions dissolved away. Emerging from a circular podium that formed just one part of the sprawling stage set covering most of the arena floor, Madonna appeared, resplendent, in a kimono-inspired gown by Eyob Yohannes with sweeping sleeves, an enormous silver and crystal headpiece (by House of Malakai) shimmering above her like a halo. She looked the best she has in years, and sounded it too; belting out “Nothing Really Matters” as an opening number, the trip-hop ballad from her 1998 masterpiece Ray of Light, her voice (admittedly, with a little help from a backing track) soared.

Given that “Nothing Really Matters” is one of Madonna’s most personal tracks, mulling the insignificance of her career compared to the recent birth of her first daughter, Lourdes, it made for a neat introduction to a show that offered a deliberately looser, chattier glimpse at Madonna, the woman. Beyond her surprisingly warm—and often very funny—asides throughout the show, there was also the inclusion of three of her children (and, on the opening night, four), dancing, singing, and even accompanying her on their instruments. (Take that, Blue Ivy.)

But first, she wound the clock all the way back to the beginning, raucously performing her debut single, “Everybody,” with a troupe of backing dancers in ’80s downtown New York garb, quickly followed by fist-pumping renditions of “Into the Groove” and “Holiday.” (The show’s musical director is Stuart Price, Madonna’s collaborator on her disco-ready comeback album, 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, meaning there were plenty of segues and mash-ups—including a bonkers interpolation of “Like a Prayer” with Sam Smith and Kim Petras’s “Unholy”—to help lend the evening its riotous energy.) A particular highlight of this early section was a scuzzy version of “Burning Up” performed on electric guitar by Madonna herself, with clever VHS-style projections that recalled her days bouncing off the walls at CBGB.

With Madonnas Celebration Tour the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

Arguably the evening’s most powerful moment came just after the dust had settled on the frenzy of the Paradise Garage throwback, as a disco ball descended to the floor and Madonna began to float over the crowd in an open box. The unmistakable rippling synths of “Live to Tell” twinkled over the speakers, and giant banners slowly unfurled from the ceiling, first revealing her best friend and former roommate, Martin Burgoyne, who died of AIDS in 1986 at the age of 23, before scrolling through images of dozens of other luminaries who faced a similar fate: Robert Mapplethorpe, Alvin Ailey, Tina Chow, Cookie Mueller. Madonna herself seemed visibly pained as she gazed out across the faces of the friends and fans who were lost to the disease—a crisis that she was one of the earliest and most vocal public figures to address. It was a reminder that beneath her steeliness, there is an intense vulnerability and empathy too, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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Soon, however, it was back to business—or at least, doing the business, with a raunchy rendition of “Like a Prayer” leading into a performance of “Erotica” that saw her sparring with shirtless hunks in a boxing ring crafted from lasers. Next, she moved to a bed to perform “Justify My Love” while cavorting in lingerie and bondage gear with a female dancer in a gimp mask and simulating masturbation—a nod to her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, which Pope John Paul II famously branded “one of the most Satanic shows in the history of humanity.” Then, she triumphantly made out with one of her topless female backing dancers during a barnstorming “Hung Up.” Never change, Madonna.

With Madonnas Celebration Tour the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

While the show might have started to lose its narrative thread at this point—somewhat inexplicably bouncing from “Crazy for You” to her Bond theme, “Die Another Day,” to the cowboy-fabulous toe-tapper “Don’t Tell Me”—the hits just never let up, leaning heavily on Madonna’s imperial phase (her most recent three albums are given short shrift) with just a few deep cuts peppered in. A performance of “Bad Girl” was accompanied by her daughter Mercy, genuinely impressive on piano, while a moving rendition of “Mother and Father” paid testament not only to the death of Madonna’s own mother when she was six, but also to the birth mother of her adopted son, David. The presence of her children in the show was less a case of trying to one-up Beyoncé, after all that, and more for their renewed closeness after the support they showed her during her hospital stint earlier this year.

And as for the fashion? Madonna fans will have a ball spotting all of the references and Easter eggs to her endless list of guises over the decades. Working with her tour costume and creative designers Yohannes and Rita Melssen, she enlisted the help of people such as Jean Paul Gaultier himself to recreate some of her most iconic looks (including, naturally, a new version of his famous cone bra ), as well as a silver Versace bodysuit for the futuristic final leg of the show and a punk-inflected tailcoat by Dilara Findikoglu, inspired by an archival blazer that the singer wore for a performance in Japan back in the ’80s.

With Madonnas Celebration Tour the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

But within all this dizzying spectacle—and it really was dizzying —you got the feeling that Madonna wasn’t embarking on a greatest-hits tour merely as a cash grab, or to show the younger generations who have been packing stadiums this year who did it first. In fact, Beyoncé’s Madonna-featuring remix of “Break My Soul” segued into an eye-popping “Vogue” sequence, featuring Madonna’s 11-year-old daughter Estere dipping and dropping in style. (According to the ticket resale platform Viagogo, fans from 71 countries had descended on London to witness the show this past week, and she’s currently the second-highest-selling female performer of 2023 in the UK—just behind, you guessed it, Beyoncé.)

With Madonnas Celebration Tour the Queen of Pop Reclaims Her Throne

Instead, there’s a real sense of heart behind the show. Where some of Madonna’s tours in the past have leaned a little robotic in their military-level precision and acrobatic choreography, here, she seems so thrilled to be back on stage that her presence is warmer somehow. Although her dancing capabilities are a little more limited now (something of a non-issue, anyway, given the vigor of her backing dancers and the scale and ingenuity of the stagecraft), she makes up for it with her candor and wit, whether in an offhand anecdote about exchanging sexual favors for showers during her early days in New York, or her impassioned plea for peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict. In the hands of another artist, and with a different audience, it might have come off as preachy, but after the night’s reminders of Madonna’s various acts of allyship and activism during her career, it didn’t feel disingenuous.

While she made sure to send everyone skipping away into the night, still humming the chorus to her trance remix of “Ray of Light” (which saw her once again swooping through the rafters of the arena), it’s the words Madonna shared—whether through the montages of her past interviews and testimonials from other artists lightly sprinkled throughout the show, or her speeches between songs—that continued to ring in the ear. “Age is a sin,” she said, in a clip. “I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.” Not only stick around, but prove she’s still got it. Long may she reign.

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Beyonce and Madonna going head-to-head in summer as stars embark on global tours

Both stars face further competition from Taylor Swift, 33, who fans believe will also announce tour dates shortly. Beyonce will hit the road as early as May, performing to crowds of up to 80,000

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Superstar singers Beyonce and Madonna will go head-to-head this summer as both stars embark on global tours.

Former Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce , 41, is expected to announce dates for the European and US legs of her Renaissance stadium tour early next month.

Meanwhile, Madonna, 64, has announced 35 dates on her The Celebration world tour, which starts in the US in July and reaches London’s O2 on October 14.

Both stars face further competition from Taylor Swift , 33, who fans believe will also announce tour dates shortly. Beyonce will hit the road as early as May, performing to crowds of up to 80,000, sources revealed.

It is not known whether she will play Wembley, but insiders claim the Single Ladies singer has bagged the Stade de France near Paris for May 26.

A US source said: “Dates have been booked and arrangements are being made. Bey and her team have been rehearsing in secret for weeks to make sure the show is perfect.

“She is known for her incredible performances and she has been working hard to make sure this is her best tour yet. With Madonna touring and Taylor expected to follow suit, Beyonce is determined to stand out from the crowd.”

The mum-of-three, who is married to rap star Jay-Z , kicked off her pop comeback in July by releasing Renaissance – her first solo album in six years. She has not been on tour since 2016 but fans got a taste of what to expect when she performed at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm yesterday.

The 28-time Grammy winner was reportedly paid £16million for one hour – her first full set in four years.

The source said a taped live show and documentary may follow, adding: “Beyonce wants the show to be camp, uptempo and fun as well as slick and arty. [It] will be the biggest travelling party of the summer.”

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Madonna has been hit with another lawsuit just after wrapping her Celebration Tour earlier this month. 

Concertgoer Justen Lipeles is suing the 65-year-old singer, along with Live Nation and four California concert venues, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Los Angeles and obtained by ET. Lipeles is alleging that Madonna subjected audiences to "pornography without warning," such as "topless women on stage simulating sex acts" in an uncomfortable, sweltering environment. He also claims that she demanded the air conditioning be turned off and he became physically ill in the heat.

Additionally, Lipeles claims that Madonna lip-synced her performance and that it began after 10 p.m., more than an hour after the advertised 8:30 p.m. start time. This after Madonna was  previously sued over an alleged late start for her show in Brooklyn, New York, earlier this year. 

Lipeles is claiming negligent misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false advertising, and breach of written contract during Madonna's Kia Forum stop in Los Angeles, California, on March 7. 

In addition to Madonna and Live Nation, Forum Entertainment, Kia Forum, Acrisure Arena, the Golden 1 Center and Chase Center were also named as defendants since Lipeles claims that all of the performer's California concerts began late. 

A representative for Madonna could not be reached for comment. Acrisure Arena also told ET that they have "no comment at this time."

In a statement to ET, Lipeles' attorneys at Lipeles Law Group said that the plaintiff had brought his 11-year-old sister to the concert. 

"Imagine taking your 11-year-old daughter to a pop concert," the statement read. "When in the middle of the concert, the women on stage remove their tops and are completely topless. They then begin to act out sexual situations including cunnilingus, and digital penetration amongst other pornographic type situations. This is with absolutely no warning to anyone who is offended by this type of content, and especially those who bring children to the concert." 

The statement continued,  "Justen brought his 11-year-old sister, who was shocked. Additionally, for many hours everyone was forced to sit in what felt like a sauna. This was no accident, Madonna insisted that the AC stay off and when people in the crowd complained, she said she is not turning the AC on and if they didn't like it, they should take their clothes off.  People were physically in discomfort and sweating like crazy. In other words, people paid thousands of dollars to sit and suffer while watching live porn, including kids, with no warning." 

Lipeles' attorneys also noted that they are "in the process of slightly amending the complaint."

While this is not the first time Madonna has been accused of a late start , her lawyers, Live Nation and Barclays Center have previously said that it is not "reasonable" for concertgoers to predict anticipated show start and end times regardless of what is printed on the event tickets. 

"Reasonable concert goers also know that concert lengths vary based on numerous factors," they stated in a previously-filed document in response to a separate complaint in New York. 

Madonna, 65, kicked off her Celebration Tour in October 2023 amid delays as she recovered from a near-fatal viral infection .

She recently took her final bow on May 4 in historic fashion as she  broke the record for the largest audience  for a standalone concert by any artist at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Madonna's free show was attended by 1.6 million fans. 

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Madonna Fan Files Lawsuit Accusing Her of Exposing Concertgoers to 'Pornography Without Warning' at Shows

In the class action suit, the fan claims Madonna and Live Nation "purposely and deceptively withheld" information about her concerts

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  • Madonna is being sued by another fan over her Celebration World Tour
  • Justen Lipeles' lawsuit alleges that concertgoers were "forced to watch topless women" simulate "sexual acts" onstage, "subjecting them to pornography without warning"
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Madonna is being sued by a fan who claims he was "deceived" by her Celebration World Tour.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Justen Lipeles filed a class action suit against the “Hung Up” singer, 65, in California on Thursday, May 30, that alleges the Queen of Pop and her promoter Live Nation “lulled” concertgoers into buying “expensive tickets” to her Celebration Tour shows held in February and March that “purposely and deceptively” withheld information in its marketing.

The plaintiff in the court complaint claims Madonna and Live Nation failed to inform ticket purchasers that the singer’s scheduled shows at four California venues would not start on time “as promised,” instead having to wait until after 10 p.m. for concerts to begin.

The filing also accuses the pop star of maintaining a “hot and uncomfortable temperature” during her performances, which the fan claims she “would lip-synch much of.”

Forum Entertainment, Kia Forum, Acrisure Arena, the Golden 1 Center and Chase Center were named in the lawsuit alongside Madonna and Live Nation.

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The lawsuit also alleges that concertgoers were “forced to watch topless women” simulate “sexual acts” onstage during Madonna’s shows, “subjecting them to pornography without warning.” 

Throughout her career, Madonna has maintained a sex-positive environment, with shows including erotic dancing, some NSFW touching, and even lap dances, as evidenced with Maluma and Ricky Martin, most recently.

The May complaint against Madonna accuses the music icon of having engaged in “unfair, unlawful, deceptive business practices” that demonstrated her “flippant disrespect for her fans.”

Per the documents, plaintiffs are suing the "Like a Virgin" singer and the listed parties for unspecified damages for breach of written contract, negligent misrepresentation, emotional distress, unfair competition and false advertising.

A rep for Madonna has not commented on the lawsuit.

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In January, Madonna was sued by two fans who accused her of starting another concert on her Celebration Tour late at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, claiming “false advertising” for beginning a scheduled 8:30 p.m. concert at 10:30 p.m. Live Nation was also named in the lawsuit.

Three months after the filing, Madonna’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss the two fans’ claims , claiming their accusations were not justified.  

"Nowhere did Defendants advertise that Madonna would take the stage at 8.30 p.m., and no reasonable concertgoer — and certainly no Madonna fan — would expect the headline act at a major arena concert to take the stage at the ticketed event time,” the star’s lawyers stated, per court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

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The attorneys added, "Rather, a reasonable concertgoer would understand that the venue’s doors will open at or before the ticketed time, one or more opening acts may perform while attendees arrive and make their way to their seats and before the headline act takes the stage, and the headline act will take the stage later in the evening.”

Marcus Corwin, the two fans’ attorney, previously told PEOPLE that his clients would file a response to Madonna's motion to dismiss the lawsuit within 30 days. "We believe our response will address the issues raised in the MTD and that when the Court is fully briefed, we will be able to proceed with this action and obtain compensation for those ticket holders seeking refunds," he said.

After the January lawsuit, Live Nation issued a statement to PEOPLE, saying, "Madonna's just completed, sold out 2023 Celebration Tour in Europe received rave reviews. The shows opened in North America at Barclays in Brooklyn as planned, with the exception of a technical issue December 13th during soundcheck. This caused a delay that was well-documented in press reports at the time. We intend to defend this case vigorously.”

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American singer Madonna performs on stage during a massive free show to close The Celebration Tour at Copacabana Beach on May 04, 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pop icon Madonna was hit with a lawsuit this week over her Celebration Tour after a Southern California man filed a complaint saying the massive stadium show he attended in L.A. forced him to view what he called sexually explicit content and caused him emotional distress. 

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“Pornography without warning, topless women on stage simulating sex acts,” were a couple of the aspects of Madonna’s show mentioned in the legal filing. The complaint also says the singer lip-synced through much of her performance, and Lipeles says that he was sweltering inside the KIA Forum; he became physically ill in the heat and Madonna ordered that the air conditioning be cut off as she performed, the suit claims. The pop star’s tardiness to the stage is also mentioned in the suit.

This isn’t the first legal action Madonna is facing over being late to the Celebration Tour . While the career retrospective show is billed as having an 8:30 p.m. start time, she has hit the state at 10:30 p.m. for other performances. 

“I am sorry I am late… no, I am not sorry, it’s who I am… I’m always late,” the complaint states that Madonna told her audience at a Dec. 17 performance.

Previously, two men filed a case over her stage tardiness, calling it “unconscionable, unfair and/or deceptive trade practices.” Madonna’s team claimed it was an unforeseen technical issue that caused the delay. The pop superstar faced a 2019 suit for being late to the stage during her Madame X Tour . That case was dismissed.

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Madonna performs onstage during a free concert at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 4, 2024. Madonna ended her "The Celebration Tour" with a performance attended by some 1.5 million enthusiastic fans. (PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP via Getty Images)

The “Like a Virgin” singer, 65, was sued Wednesday by Justen Lipeles for negligent misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false advertising, and breach of written contract during her March 7 show at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum, according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

Lipeless, who brought his 11-year-old sister to the show, claims the Grammy winner subjected the Celebration Tour crowd to “topless women on stage simulating sex acts,” which he dubbed “pornography without warning,” including per the outlet.

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Lawyers for Lipeless, who are “slightly amending the complaint,” said in a statement to the outlet that his sister was “shocked” during the concert and there was “absolutely no warning to anyone who is offended by this type of content.”

“Imagine taking your 11-year-old daughter to a pop concert,” read the statement. “When in the middle of the concert, the women on stage remove their tops and are completely topless. They then begin to act out sexual situations including cunnilingus, and digital penetration amongst other pornographic type situations.”

Lipeless, who also sued Live Nation and four California venues, also claimed he became ill due to the intense heat after Madonna ordered the venue to turn off the air conditioning. His suit also accused Madonna of lip-syncing after starting the performance over an hour later than advertised.

“People were physically in discomfort and sweating like crazy,” read the statement to ET. “In other words, people paid thousands of dollars to sit and suffer while watching live porn, including kids, with no warning.”

The suit comes nearly a year after Madonna was forced to postpone the tour — which eventually started in October — when a bacterial infection landed her in the ICU . She revealed late last year that she’d been put into a 48-hour medically induced coma as a result.

Two of Madonna’s New York fans sued her in December over the late start time of her Barclays Center show. In April, the pop star filed to dismiss the suit.

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Through Deborah Vance, we’re reminded that women in the public eye are chastised both for changing too much or not enough

Hacks is a show that is ostensibly about the craft of comedy, and the niche obsessions, beefs, and insecurities of those who spend their lives trying to make other people laugh. But it’s also about relationships, particularly the complex bond between Deborah (Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder). These two women look and sound totally different, but they are united by the common goals of redemption and reinvention. They're both fighting for relevancy in the incredibly competitive comedy world, and they find, over and over, that they get closest when they work together. Hacks doesn’t merely explore the constraints society places on female stars, or the lonely glory of “making it” as a woman—it asks whether they can be overcome.

When we first met Deborah and Ava in the first season of Hacks , they were stuck in separate ruts. Comedy icon and QVC maven Deborah was on autopilot at her Las Vegas residency, telling the same jokes every night to easily pleased crowds. Struggling writer Ava had been recently “canceled” over a clumsy tweet and seemed overwhelmed by the gulf between her ambitions and her status as an industry pariah.

Together, the pair reimagined Deborah’s act as a retrospective of her decades-long career. As Ava pushed her to step out of her comfort zone—mining her trauma for laughs—we saw that Deborah still had scars from the betrayals and failures of her long career.

On the other hand, Deborah taught Ava the resilience she would need to make it. “You think this is hard?” she scolded the younger comic. “You have to scratch and claw and it never fucking ends. And it doesn’t get better. It just gets harder.”

Through Deborah, we’re reminded that women in the public eye are chastised both for changing too much and for not changing enough. It’s a burden felt by even the most famous. Taylor Swift has leaned into “eras” as a concept and cashed in heavily by doing so. (Later this summer, she will conclude her Eras Tour—a multibillion-dollar monument to the singer’s ability to reinvent herself.) But in April, when Swift dropped her new album(s), The Tortured Poets Department, the most common complaint I saw on my social feeds was that her new music didn’t deviate enough from her previous “eras,” Midnights and Folklore .

In Swift’s 2020 Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, she explained the pressure on female musicians to reinvent themselves “20 times more” than the men. “Be new to us, be young to us, but only in a new way and only in the way we want. And reinvent yourself, but only in a way that we find to be equally comforting,” she said. “Live out a narrative that we find to be interesting enough to entertain us, but not so crazy that it makes us uncomfortable.” In Hacks , Deborah is stalked by the same fear—that, no matter her achievements, she is only one bad decision away from being branded a “flop.” She often seems isolated by her success.

Still, the prize for reinventing yourself can be transformative. At the start of season three, everyone wants a piece of Deborah. The high-stakes risk she took on her comedy special paid off—and then some. Swift experienced something similar in 2014, when pop-crossover album 1989 saw her evolve from a country star to a cultural phenomenon.

More recently, country pivot Cowboy Carter has taken even Beyoncé’s blindingly bright star to a new stratosphere. And of course, we can’t forget the woman who created the blueprint for pop-star reinvention: Madonna. Last month, the Queen of Pop wrapped up her Celebration Tour—a tribute to her 40-year career—with a concert on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach , attended by a record-breaking 1.6 million people.

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Riding the high of her own retrospective, Deborah is on a similar path of reclamation. If the first two seasons were focused on the craft of comedy and relationship dynamics, the third has much more emphasis on the Succession -style strategizing behind Deborah’s career. ( Hacks is basically Succession for people who never really understood what NFTs were.) Deborah sets her sights on the one thing that has always evaded her: hosting a late-night talk show. And as a coproducer on the successful sitcom On the Contrary , Ava is also making moves. During a panel discussion with industry experts, a young woman asks for tips on breaking into comedy. This time, it’s Ava’s turn to deliver the advice Deborah once gave her: “It doesn’t get better, it just gets harder.”

I’m on record arguing that reinvention is an innately queer theme. Hacks doesn’t bill itself as a queer comedy, but it’s one of the queerest shows on TV. Jean Smart and Deborah (whose life story is very similar to the late Joan Rivers’s) both have legions of gay fans. Throughout the show we see Ava’s relationship with her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Ruby, via her hookups with DoorDash drivers, Republican dominatrixes, and a trip on a lesbian cruise. Deborah’s assistant-turned-CEO, Marcus, also goes on a journey of discovery, including a doomed attempted relationship that sends him looking for answers on the dance floors of gay clubs.

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There is certainly something symbiotic about the queerness of Hacks and the show’s focus on reinvention. Whether it’s coming out of the closet and forging a new life for yourself, changing your body and appearance, or the long-held gay tradition of stanning women who have shapeshifted their way into longevity, reinvention is particularly relatable to an LGBTQ+ audience.

Hacks doesn’t flaunt itself as a “feminist show,” either. In fact, Deborah often disparages what she perceives as the victim-centered feminism of younger women like Ava. Still, the show explores the elevated standards that are placed on women with hilarious (and occasionally devastating) effect. In episode six, we see Deborah—a very talented golfer—pretending to be a novice in order to appear unthreatening to the male industry bosses she needs to impress.

Despite being on top of the world, there is a desperation to her—a sense that, in the final act of her career, time is running out. “Anything I want to do, I have to do it now. Otherwise I’ll never do it,” she tells Ava, when two of them get lost in the woods. “The best part of being young is that you don’t have to savor anything. That’s the ultimate luxury.”

It would be easy for Hacks to descend into a predictable schtick of boomer reactionary versus “woke” Gen Z moralizer. (After all, both Deborah and Ava enjoy playing up to those roles—usually as a way of provoking one another.) But their creative partnership flourishes because they respect each other and learn from their differences. In episode four, when Deborah is invited to spend an evening with the chauvinistic male comics she once idolized, she is confronted with the reality that, like it or not, Ava has softened her outlook on things. It is this reciprocity that makes their relationship—part familial, part professional, part adversarial—one of the most captivating on TV right now.

Perhaps the real message of Hacks isn’t just about all the extra pressures on women, but the blueprint Deborah and Ava provide for helping each other to thrive regardless. Deborah wants to equip Ava with the thick skin she needs to succeed—to be better than the best. And as much as she tries to push Ava away, the truth is that each of them rely on each other for that special, unplaceable something. Their ambitions are by no means friction-free, but it is by working (and laughing) together that they can both dream bigger. As Ava says in a New Yorker profile of her idol: “A hack is someone who does the same thing over and over. Deborah is the opposite. She keeps evolving and getting better.”

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$50 million. That’s how much Halsey, 29, grossed with her makeup brand in 2022, the singer told Forbes earlier this year. Halsey, known for drastic changes to her look, told Forbes at the time her ability to remain “unidentifiable” is “arguably the most identifiable thing about me.”

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