PLAYDAR: Celebrate Madonna’s 55th Birthday With Her Best Live Performances

It's an unofficial gay holiday.

Madonna turns 55 today, and what better way to celebrate the unofficial gay holiday than with a flashback of some of Madge’s greatest live performances. I kicked off today’s list with her 1984 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Like A Virgin,” which all true fans know is the performance that launched her reign as pop icon supreme. Through the years, the VMAs were home to many fab Madonna spectacles, including the now infamous kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, which, by the way, turns 10 at the end of the month. 

So, kick back and let Madonna guide you into the weekend and forget about those angry Cher Twitter rants and trying to decide if you like Katy or Gaga’s new song best. For today, step into Madonna’s world and roar back with applause for the Material Girl on her big day.

1. “Like a Virgin” at the MTV Video Music Awards (1984)

2. “Express Yourself” at the MTV Video Music Awards (1989)

3. “Vogue” at the MTV Awards (1990)

4. “Like a Virgin” from the Blond Ambition Tour (Nice, France, 1990)

5. “Nothing Really Matters” at the Grammys (1999)

6. “Like a Virgin” with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott at the MTV Video Music Awards (2003)

7. “Hung Up” at the MTV Europe Music Awards (2005)

8. Madonna Super Bowl Half-Time Show (2013)

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