On September 14 1984, Madonna performed “Like A Virgin” and was nominated for Best New Artist Video (“Borderline”) at the 1st annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY.
Madonna recalled the infamous performance in a 2012 interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: “I was standing at the top of a wedding cake, as one does, and I walked down these steps, which were the tiers of a wedding cake. And I lost my shoe. I lost my white stiletto. And I thought, ‘Oh god, how am I going to get that? It’s over there and I’m on TV.’ So I thought well, I’ll just pretend I meant to do this and I dove on to the floor and I rolled around and I reached for the shoe. And, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing and uhm, I didn’t mean to…” To which Leno chided: “And it became the greatest night in television history.”
On September 1, Madonna attended a press conference for her directorial debut W.E. at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Just prior to the beginning of the conference, Madonna was handed a hydrangea by a fan. Although she accepted the flowers with a smile and told the fan “thank you,” she immediately turned to her costar, and with a hot mic, said,“I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.” Madonna’s dubious remark quickly became a subject of controversy in celebrity news, leading to much online gossips and commentaries criticizing her fuss over flowers.
On September 11 2001, Madonna postponed a scheduled “Drowned World Tour” concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California due to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The concert was re-scheduled for September 15.
“Violence begets violence,” Madonna told the Staples Center crowd of nearly 20,000 fans on September 14th, “and I don’t know about you, but I want to live a long and happy life. I want my kids to live a long and happy life.”
“What happened was horrible, but I’d like to think of it as a wake-up call. There’s terrorism every day all over the world.”
“Last night, we had a minute of prayer for everybody who died on Tuesday,” said the singer, who had traded her Scottish kilt for a skirt made from an American flag for her first costume of the evening. “Tonight I’d like to say a prayer for peace.” The crowd obliged her request for a moment of silence, but fans soon began chanting “U-S-A” as many waved American flags frantically.
Relenting, Madonna said, “OK, USA. But start looking at the whole world. I said it last night and I’ll say it again: If you want to change the world, change yourself.”
Madonna pledged that proceeds from her final shows would go to relief funds for victims of the attacks and their families.
Nip slip during rehearsals for VMA in 1984. If that would happen during actual ceremony, it would cause a huge scandal in America, so that was the reason they added straps to the dress when she was actually performing.
On September 7 1990, Madonna was honored with the “Commitment To Life Award” and performed “Vogue” at the Commitment To Life IV benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
RIP Joan Rivers. She was the greatest, and Im so glad I got to see her a year ago at Laurie Beechman Theatre, it was unforgettable night…You know how comedians pick one person from audience and make fun of him all night, so that time it was me (because we were seating right in front of stage) For a good 2 hours she talked to me numerous times, she made me feel uncomfortable by saying very dirty jokes, I laughed my heart out how funny and quick she was! By the end of the night she told waiter to bring us vodka shots (I was with my husband) and then took off her hair extension and gave it to me! She thanked me for letting her make jokes about me (like I had a choice ha!) And it was one of the most amazing nights in my life.
Rest in peace my dear Joan, I will miss you truly.