64-year-old American singer Madonna has once again come under strong criticism over her appearance at the 65th Grammy Awards.
Madonna, who was present at the Grammy Awards to present the award for best pop duo or group performance to trans singer Kim Petras and non-binary artist Sam Smith for their track “Unholy,” was largely criticized for her physical appearance. Social Media users described her face as “distorted” and “unrecognizable”.
She posted a short text on Instagram to defend herself, saying: “It was an honor for me to Introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith at the Grammys. I wanted to give the last award which was Album of the year, but I thought it was more important that I present the first trans- woman performing at the Grammys— a History making moment!! And on top of that she won a Grammy!! Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim- Many people chose to only talk about Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone’s face!! Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in. A world that refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45 And feels the need to punish her If she continues to be strong willed, hard-working and adventurous. I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start. I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come.
In the words of Beyonce “ You-won’t break my soul”, I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior -pushing boundaries-Standing up to the patriarchy -and Most of all enjoying my life. Bow down bitches!”
She continues by quoting Beyoncé’s famous line “You won’t break my soul.” This quote resonates even more today knowing that Beyoncé is now the most awarded artist in the Grammys history with 32 trophies to her name.