madonna teams up with taylor; no tongues
The pop legend and the current crown princess did a love-in duet at the iHeartRadio awards last night, but kept it classy.
Taylor Swift has become the latest female singer to receive the Queen of Pop's official seal of approval by joining her on stage. During yesterday's iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, Madonna performed her new single Ghosttown backed by Swift on acoustic guitar, but this time, the Material Girl kept her tongue to herself. Compared to the 2003 MTV VMAs, where Madonna famously locked lips with both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and also Madge's duet with Miley Cyrus at the latter's MTV Unplugged gig last year, which featured some suggestive booty-bumping, this was a remarkably classy and understated performance. Madonna and Swift began their duet sat at stools, Taylor keeping her head down and concentrating on her guitar chords while Madonna delivered the song's vaguely apocalyptic lyrics. "When it all falls down, we'll be two souls in a ghost town," Madonna sang on the chorus, sounding much better than she's generally been given credit for in recent years.
Madonna arose from her stool midway through the performance, at which point the song's arrangement was fleshed out to include a full band and backing vocalists. As the song reached its climax, Taylor also stood up, coming to the front of the stage to join Madonna for a rousing final chorus. Madonna then thanked Swift twice and gave her a sisterly peck on the cheek - a suitably sweet and dignified move from Taylor.
Madonna thanked Swift again on Twitter shortly after their performance, writing graciously: "Tonight was Taylor-made. Thanks for sharing the stage with me!!" Meanwhile, Swift made no attempt to suppress her excitement, tweeting a picture of their performance with the caption: "I might be okay but I'm NOT FINE AT ALL. #MyFangirlLife #TaylorAndMadonna".