Maybe it’s just that powerful Mike Dean weed getting her way too high.
If anything, she was just pushing through exhaustion. But missing your queues and marks and barely squeaking out the lyrics is inexcusable. What would Madonna say if she saw another artist performing like that? If you know it’s going to be broadcast worldwide and recorded, you put in the rehearsal time. You take care of your voice. You get ready.
I love her and her music so much, and its her historical fierce eye for detail and refusal to compromise her vision that inspires me in my own creative endeavors. Her music keeps me going. Which is why it’s so upsetting when something like this happens.
Many of the knee-jerk comments saying “Well you just hate Madonna” when any valid criticism is discussed ring to me of the American right wing’s “Well you just hate America” refrain when anybody suggests room for improvement. When you love something or someone so much, you have to be able to face the ugly moments and cherish the beautiful ones.
I think this performance was terrible. I hate that she turns herself into a cartoon on her Instagram (girl if you want that jaw line in real life, get thee to your surgeon). That doesn’t change the fact that I’m still rocking out to her all the time and ready to stan her next move. Being a Madonna fan is sometimes to contain multitudes of contradictions.