Happy birthday to Madonna

The Material Girl turns 54 today and shows no sign of stopping after nearly three decades in pop

Happy birthday to Madonna
16 August 2012

Madonna turned 54 today (16 August), and the gay icon shows no sign of stopping after nearly three decades as the Queen of Pop.

The girl rarely takes a holiday, and keeps on releasing new music while other pop legends are happy to take a bow to the same old classics.

The Material Girl’s 12th album MDNA stormed to the top of the charts in 20 countries from the United States to the UK, and Australia to Argentina.

Will she be celebrating with an American Pie? Or a Vogue? Or a Bedtime Story? We don’t know, but here are some of our favorite moments from the birthday girl:

  • In 1983, Madonna performed ‘Holiday’ on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. When asked what she wanted to do with her life, she said ‘rule the world’.
  • When Madonna signed a $5 million contract with Pepsi in 1989, it was a massive amount of money. Madonna debuted the title track for her fourth album Like A Prayer for Pepsi’s Make A Wish commercial. But as soon as the actual video for the single was released, featuring burning crosses and an inter-racial romance with Jesus, Pepsi yanked the ad and the pop star was left with all the money and all the controversy.
  • ‘Only I can do Eva Perón,’ said Madonna, newly cast in a film of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita. ‘Like me, she left her hometown in order to succeed. I went to New York and she went to São Paulo.’ Evita was Madonna’s best foray into film, winning the singer both a Golden Globe and a top ten single for ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’.
  • Does anyone remember anything from the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards without thinking of that kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake’s face, and Christina Aguilera being totally ignored?
  • Critics said she was past it, and she couldn’t put on a show anymore. Madonna proved them wrong by stunning the crowds at the Super Bowl 2012. The 12-minute medley featured old and new hits, cheerleaders, harpists, Roman soldiers, drum corps, and cameos from Cee Lo Green, LMFAO and Nicki Minaj.

Check out a megamix of Madonna’s hits, and a selection of pictures throughout the years, here:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert's album gets new release date

Trespassing will be out on May 15, two months later than originally scheduled
No thumbnail available

Recent election shows an increase in black support of same sex marriage

More and more US blacks are standing for LGBT familes
No thumbnail available

Tatchell slams sex at 13 lawyer but wants lower age of consent

LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell supports an age of consent of 14 for sex but not of 13, as suggested by senior British lawyer Barbara Hewson today
No thumbnail available

Lying in Egypt’s lap of luxury

A former GSN intern sends us some postcards from her autumn getaway
No thumbnail available

Michelle Obama words hint support for gay marriage

Says make-up of Supreme Court may impact ability to 'love whomever we choose'
No thumbnail available

Drag Race UK will happen if Michelle Visage wins Celebrity Big Brother

This promise is from the mother herself RuPaul
No thumbnail available

Now TalkTalk blocks Lib Dem gay site as ‘porn’

Liberal Democrat LGBT website isn’t sexed up but it is victim of online blocking by British internet service provider
No thumbnail available

Gay Aeroflot protest banner takes to runway

Activists protesting after gay Aeroflot flight attendant forced to marry to keep his job
No thumbnail available

The party, party, party that is Pink Week Slovenia

From Sound of Music panoramas to Kylie Minogue lip-syncs, Gay Star Travel brings you footage and fables from the first-ever Pink Week in Slovenia
No thumbnail available

Gay, lesbian or straight, your love for one another is equal in the eyes of the law: UK PM David Cameron

UK Prime Minister David Cameron sends a message of support as London celebrates pride with an expected 20,000-strong parade today