On Sunday, Madonna, the aging goddess of pop music (okay, we kid) will be embarking to where many of her younger counterparts have already performed: the Super Bowl Half-Time Show.
The 53-year-old has made no qualms about being nervous about the mega show, telling Jay Leno that it's “the most nerve-wracking thing” she's ever done. (We can hardly believe a woman of her stature, who's gone head-to-head with the best and the brightest in her industry, could be at all intimidated by this massive exposure.)
The thing is, despite her tremendous success, she's still got a lot to prove. The original Material Girl has been accused of a lot of things, including of lip-syncing, which is perhaps why Madge has been rehearsing her setlist—that includes “Gimmie All Your Luvin,” “Ray of Light” and “Vogue,” “Music” and “Holiday”—extensively. Because if she blows it on Sunday, these enemies will get the last laugh.
4. Madonna vs. Marky Mark
This feud goes way back to 1991, the days when A-list actor Mark Wahlberg was a white rapper known as Marky Mark, perhaps still a little aggressive from the days on the streets in Boston. Allegedly Marky Mark used an offensive slur toward a person in Madonna's entourage at a Hollywood party which resulted in a hostile exchange between Madonna and Wahlberg that led to him punching Guy Oseary in the nose. Not sure if these two ever made up.
3. Madonna vs. Pier Morgan
This feud is semi-weak simply because Piers Morgan thought he would be the next Larry King, but just turned out to be another chump with a talk show. Regardless, when Piers Morgan was initially starting this show on CNN he said that Madonna was “banned from the show because she's too boring and we have Lady Gaga now.” Ouch. But in response Madonna stated that she “doesn't know who Piers Morgan is,” which we can't believe since the British personality is, well, pretty huge in the UK, and we all know Madonna had and an identity crisis when she was married to Guy Richie even speaking with a British accent.
2. Madonna vs. Lady Gaga
It seemed these two iconic blonds had a kosher relationship. But when Lady Gaga released “Born This Way” last year, the Internet was a buzz with fury that it was a complete rip-off of Madonna's “Express Yourself”–and that's all it took.
Madonna said “I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song.” While Lady Gaga responded” I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody?”
1. Madonna vs. Elton John
We know Sir Elton John will definitely be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, not to see if the Patriots take down the Giants but to see if Madge falls on her ass. These two divas have been talking smack for years. The beef was rehashed as of late because Madonna's song beat out Elton John's at the Golden Globes. Even Elton John's man got in the ring via Twitter. Elton took another jab recently on Good Morning America when asked if had any advice for her performance on Monday and he said: Make sure you lip-sync good. If Madonna fails even slightly, we can bet on the original Gaga to say something.