Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night and she was presented with her statuette deal by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake managed to make a lot of the speech about him, which isn’t surprising because he is quite often a cocky douchebag.
Madonna spoke and I’m completely convinced now that she’s all about humanizing herself at the moment and that humanizing herself as a fifty year old musician who looks ageless is the next step in a line of reincarnations. I mean, on a really basic level – when does she actually ever speak? This is a real moment. Here it is:
Aesthetically, she’s been through Marilyn Monroe, 80s punk, 90s glam, late nineties eastern spiritualism, there was a little US country, then some hard, industrial Euro glam, Kabbalah and now this. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few. She’s spent her entire career being essentially untouchable and so now with a few specifically placed statements in the media, sightings on Page Six and an uncharismatically delivered yet feasibly heartfelt speech, she’s making herself look like an actual human.
“Actual human”, for Madonna, may be the new “untouchable icon”. She’s always one step ahead. [source]