There is only one word to say after Madonna’s extravaganza, spectacle and concert Tuesday night: Respect.
Madonna tore it up on the dance floor at the age of 54. She shot her dancers up in a dance sequence rivaling the video game “Call of Duty.” She bared her butt — with “Obama” written across her back. But she is nobody’s baby.
For many women, she is the one, the beginning and possibly the end.
Even rapper Nicki Minaj, in a video segment at the concert, acknowledged, “There is only one queen and that’s Madonna.”
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Madonna showed us that a woman didn’t have to be nice to succeed, even as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to struggle with her icy image. Madonna had children and marriages but was never defined by her partners, unlike Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie. Madonna is a singer who became a brand. There have been many women who tried to imitate, but fell short: Britney Spears, J. Lo, Lady Gaga. Most importantly, she is a megastar who did not self-destruct, unlike Marilyn Monroe.