The second artist I would have to mention is Madonna. Revered for managing to continuouslyreinvent both her music and image, Madonna achieved global recognition after the release of hersecond studio album
Like a Virgin
, in 1984. The title track, "Like a Virgin", topped the
Hot100 chart for six consecutive weeks,
and attracted the attention of family organizations, whocomplained that the song and its accompanying video promoted premarital sex and underminedfamily values. Madonna further came under fire when she performed the song at the first MTVVideo Music Awards where she appeared on stage atop a giant wedding cake, wearing a weddingdress and bridal veil, adorned with her characteristic "Boy Toy" belt buckle. The performance, inwhich Madonna simulated masturbation, is noted by scholars and by MTV as an iconic performancein MTV history.
This pushing of sexual boundaries both lyrically and image-wise was to become a
defining feature of Madonna’s artis
try. It was a feature seen again in her music video for
, which featured a dream about making love to a saint, (alongside many Catholic symbols suchas stigmata and burning crosses), leading the Vatican to condemn the video. Like Jackson,
quickly catapulted her to fashion icon status. Her style, consisting of lace tops,skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the crucifix, bracelets, and bleached hair,became a female fashion trend of the 1980s. By the end of the 1980s, Madonna was named as the"Artist of the Decade" by media such as MTV,
According to Robert Larsen in his book,
History of Rock and Roll
, Prince is "one of the most talentedand commercially successful pop musicians of the last 20 years", producing ten platinum albums andthirty Top 40 singles during his career.
It is true that one cannot deny
s talent, him havingwritten, self-produced, and played most, if not all, of the instruments on his recordings. So great is
-writing ability that he has written for other artists including Chaka Khan, The Bangles,
Charts & Awards
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Can Lady Gaga Top These Iconic MTV VMA Performances?
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Madonna: An Intimate Biography
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History of Rock and
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