Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Madonna
Leave it to Madonna to make the right gesture. For her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she didnt worry about whether her career as a pop hitmaker, image maker, sex symbol and provocateuse qualified her as a important figure in any narrowly defined genre of rock n roll. She just brought on an unquestioned rocker Iggy Pop, the blunt, anarchic and durable songwriter and performer whos a fellow Michigan-born musician to sing punk-chorded versions of her hits Burnin Up and Ray of Light. He was shirtless, hyperactive and backed by the Stooges, who along with him have been nominated but snubbed by the Hall of Fame.
It was Madonna‘s night. She was introduced by the multimillion-selling pop singer Justin Timberlake, who collaborated on her coming album, Hard Candy. He said that while they were working together, he had come to the studio one day feeling ill, and Madonna had suggested a shot of vitamin B12. She didnt call a doctor, he said. She took a Zip-Loc bag of B12 syringes from her designer bag, said, Drop em, gave him the shot, and added, Nice top shelf. Mr. Timberlake said, That was one of the greatest days of my life.
Madonna, calling herself a control freak, immediately corrected him. I said, Pull your pants down, she asserted, before starting one of the longest speeches given at any Hall of Fame ceremony. Among the people she thanked were naysayers: The ones that said I was talentless, that I was chubby, that I couldnt sing, that I was a one-hit wonder, she said. They pushed me to be better, and I am grateful for their resistance.
Source: New York Times
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