The record-setting, line-crossing, sexuality-flaunting, ever-evolving Material Girl.
Madonna is an icon. With her larger than life persona and penchant for provocation, she needs no introduction.
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Hall of Fame Essay
Forget her role as fashion plate. And businesswoman. And dancer. And sexual contrarian. And video groundbreaker. And PR powerhouse. And shock queen. And even as icon.
Yes, all those roles play their parts in the global juggernaut, and aesthetic nexus, that is Madonna, but, collectively, they offer one big distraction from the key element that anchors them all: the music.
Madonna’s music dared you. Hell, it ordered you to express yourself.
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