Madonna surprised guests at Monday’s Met Gala as she put on a post-dinner performance, belting out her 1989 hit, Like A Prayer.
The 59-year-old singer looked sensational as she appeared in the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art walking down some steps flanked by monks, in a clip taken and edited by Vogue.
The theme of the night was a religious one: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and it was perfect for the pop superstar, given the original music video to her 80s hit was packed full of religious iconography and deemed as blasphemous by some.
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‘Catholic imagination’: Madonna surprised guests at Monday’s Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, as she put on a post-dinner performance of her song Like A Prayer and taking to Instagram, she shared a snap of her in a white sheer dress mid-performance on the steps
And taking to Instagram on Monday night, Madonna shared a snap of her in a white sheer dress mid-performance on the steps.
She captioned it: ‘With The Light on the Steps of the Met! #jeannedarc #metgala #hallelujah #catholicimagination #heavenly. @guyoseary’
She also shared a clip from the performance writing: ‘Stairway to Heaven!. #metgala #epic. #jeannedarc #catholicimagination @jpgaultierofficial thank you all who helped make it happen!’
In January 1989, Madonna signed a $5million endorsement deal with Pepsi and in March, she debuted Like A Prayer, the title track of her fourth album, with an advert called Make A Wish.
Doing what she does best: The song choice was an interesting one given it’s religious themes and suited the night’s theme, which was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Sinner or saint? The theme of the night was perfect for Madonna who is famed for juxtaposing sex and religious iconography – her 1989 hit Like A Prayer featured the seduction of a saint and burning crosses, so it’s little wonder she performed it
The video caused a sensation as it featured the seduction of a saint, burning crosses, stigmata scars and the juxtaposition of sex and religion.
She addressed the backlash at the time, saying: ‘When I think of controversy, I never really think people are going to be half as shocked as they are at what I do.
‘I really couldn’t believe how out of control the whole Pepsi thing got.’
Moreover, her red carpet outfit on the night, stuck to the same themes as she wore a black gown with a cut-out cross at the cleavage and a golden crown.
In 2006, Rome’s Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders united to condemn pop star Madonna’s decision to stage a mock-crucifixion when she performs in the Italian capital on Sunday a stone’s throw away from Vatican City.
The lapsed-Catholic diva’s latest irreverent performance saw her wearing a fake crown of thorns and descending on a suspended, glittery cross as part of her worldwide Confessions Tour.
Icon: Her red carpet attire was also in keeping with her love of religious expression and also matched the theme of the night
Having already been criticised in the United States, Catholics priests from across the Eternal City went one further saying the act is blasphemy.
Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI at the time, said: ‘This time the limits have really been pushed too far.
‘This concert is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the cross. She should be excommunicated.
‘It is disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative,’ Father Manfredo Leone from Rome’s Santa Maria Liberatrice church said about the star’s stage stunt.
‘Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd. Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy.’
In an unusual show of religious solidarity, Muslim and Jewish leaders added their condemnation of the self-styled Queen of Pop, famous for peppering her concerts and videos with controversial religious and sexual imagery.
Meanwhile, during the bash Gigi Hadid shared a giggle with fellow supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The 37-year-old Brazilian beauty looked stunning in a pale yellow Versace gown.
Dramatic: The singer, 59, appeared in the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art walking down some steps flanked by monks
Superstar: In a clip taken and edited by Vogue the crowd can be heard cheering as the pop icon begins to belt out Like a Prayer
Icon: Madonna entertained with a performance of her classic, Like A Prayer
Memorable: The songstress was surrounded by monks as she performed on some steps in the museum
Palling around: Gigi Hadid shared a giggle with fellow supermodel Gisele Bundchen
Statuesque beauties: The supermodels both dressed in Versace
Single ladies: Selena Gomez and Gigi hugged inside the Met Gala on Monday night
No bad blood: The duo proved they’re still pals despite Selena dating The Weeknd last year shortly after he split from Gigi’s sister Bella
Gigi also shared a hug with Selena Gomez.
This time last year Selena was escorted to the Met Gala by boyfriend The Weeknd who she started dating shortly after his split from Gigi’s sister Bella.
But as the ladies bumped into each other there was no sign of awkwardness as the duo were spotted embracing.
The ladies are both recently single after Selena’s rekindled romance with Justin Bieber ended and Gigi split from boyfriend Zayn Malik.
Time to dine: Kendall Jenner looked lovely as she posed with designer Diane Von Furstenberg
Golden girls: Kim Kardashian caught up with Katy Perry who wore a matching metallic outfit
Moving on from Amber: Elon Musk arrived to the party with new girlfriend Grimes
Hello stranger! Actor Idris Elba caught up with Blake Lively who went solo for the evening
Starry night: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen along with Tiffany Haddish and Karlie Kloss posed for snaps
Red carpet style: Sarah Paulson shimmered in a metallic number as she posed alongside Michael B. Jordan
Dinner time! Jeremy Scott sat alongside date Cardi B and model Stella Maxwell
Longtime loves: Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber shared a kiss
Selena, 25, beamed a big smile as she warmly greeted the catwalk model wearing a custom Coach gown.
Glittering in a one shoulder Versace gown Gigi, 23, looked ethereal as she posed alongside the Wolves hitmaker.
It was a different picture last year as Selena had made her red carpet couple debut with the Starboy hitmaker.
Inside the Met Gala the VIP guests looked fabulous in their ‘Sunday Best’ inspired outfits.
What a line up! Businessman Stephen Schwarzman, Christine Schwarzman, Donatella Versace, Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Anna Wintour pose at the Met
Snappy: NFL player Cam Newton and rapper Wiz Khalifa looked sharp in their tailored suits
Girls’ night: Blake is spotted chatting to Ariana Grande as Gigi looks on
VIP vibes: Donald Glover is seen alongside Insecure star Issa Rae and singer Janelle Monae
Syrike a pose: Model Winnie Harlow is spotted chatting to fellow models Alek Wek and Ashley Graham
Time to relax: Scarlett Johansson, who came to the event with boyfriend Colin Jost, chatted to Jared Leto over cocktails
Flawless faces: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lily Aldridge took the plunge in their stylish gowns
Dapper gent: Andrew Garfield joked about with Daniel kaluuya before catching up with Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer
Heaven sent: Producer Sean Combs and racing driver Lewis Hamilton were on the same style page in white
Coordinated couple: Karlie Kloss posed on the steps of the great Hall with boyfriend Joshua Kushner
The current exhibition examines ‘fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism’, combining works of fashion with works of religious art, including 50 ecclesiastical masterworks on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy at the Vatican.
Those items, which will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries, include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, the museum said. The items encompass more than 15 papacies.
‘Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another,’ Andrew Bolton, head curator of the institute, said in a statement.
Star-studded: Jaden Smith, Ansel Elgort and Diplo all rocked unique outfits at the religious themed bash
How’s the food? Zendaya in a red wig sits at the dinner table chatting to Michael B. Jordan
Arm in arm: Thomas Mars and Sofia Coppola were sophisticated chic while Christian Combs and Yara Shahidi were stylish in bejeweled outfits
Cool kids: Cassie, Christian Combs, Sean Combs, Lewis Hamilton, SZA, Hailey Baldwin and Shawn Mendes
Twinning: Elon Musk chatted to Jennifer Connelly and her husband Paul Bettany who wore a similar cream jacket
Monochrome magic: Stylist Edward Enninful cozied up to editor Andre Leon Talley while Bella Hadid puckered up to Janelle Monae
Party time: Katy covered her gold ensemble in a brown cloak which appeared to have been taken from one of Madonna’s monks
‘Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion.’
The 150 fashion ensembles come from a slew of designers, including Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, Raf Simons, Thom Browne and Gianni and Donatella Versace, among many others.
The exhibition, which will run May 10 through October 8, is a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.
Evening chic: Amal Clooney changed into an embellished maroon gown as she cuddled up to husband George later in the night
Designer dudes: Donatella Versace looked fabulous as she posed alongside the guys from Migos
Snap happy: Kendall Jenner was a vision in white as she enjoyed the festivities
Say cheese! Salma Hayek shared a group shot with Pharrell, his wife Helen Lasichanh, Naomi Watts and Ariana Grande
Beauties: Eiza Gonzalez and Hailee Steinfeld both looked regal in their Met Gala looks, teaming up for a photo together
Going to her head! Frances McDormand went for full on fantasy with a green and teal number complete with floral headdress while attending the affair with designer Miuccia Prada and Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli
Blessed: Huma Abadeen wowed in one-shouldered yellow while posing with Wendi Deng, who dazzled in pink dress with halo-like headdress
Heavenly: Rihanna’s sexy pontiff ensemble and Susie Bick’s rich velvet nun’s habit made for a curious photo op
White alright! Sean Combs and Lewis Hamilton both looked angelic in crisp white suits with tons of diamonds
Wakanda forever: Janelle Monae, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Lena Waithe, John Boyega, Cynthia Erivo, Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright teamed up for a portrait of black excellence at the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Matching: Prabul Gurung clad gals Gabrielle Union (L) and Hikari Mori (C) teamed up for a photo with another lady
Fancy running into you! Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was excited to see late night favorite James Corden there
Mellow yellow! Dapper Dan looked unique as always, eschewing traditional black tie for a bold yellow look
Famous friends! Andrew Garfield, Emilia Clarke, Daniel Kaluuya, Cynthia Erivo, Letitia Wright, John Boyega and Trevor Noah packed tons of star power into one awesome group photo
Chit chat: Darren Criss caught up with couple Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper during the gala
Terrific trio! Andy Cohen shared a photo with the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker and Sarah Paulson