She’s been an icon of the LGBTQ community going all the way back to her earliest danceable pop hits.
So it was fitting that Madonna would headline the second and final night of WorldPride on Sunday in New York City.
The 60-year-old singer and songwriter put on a short set that featured multiple lives debuts from her newest album, Madame X, while also including one of her classic tunes.
Madonna, ever a fan of ambitious style, was dressed in a black romper that gained a militaristic sheen thanks to metal epaulets multiple rainbow-colored belts.
The 5ft5in pop icon highlighted her hourglass figure thanks to a small black corset around her midriff.
Her toned legs where covered in a pair of fishnet stockings, and she wore a set of black heels.
The edgy dark style was accentuated thanks to a pair of fingerless black gloves that went all the way up to her upper arms.
The Like A Prayer singer had her golden locks curled, and she channeled the late David Bowie with an eye patch, mimicking a look he used during his Ziggy Stardust fame in the early 1970s.
She jazzed up the black patch with a rainbow colored ‘X’, both promoting her new album and referring to the nickname ‘Madame X,’ which was given to her by the legendary American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
Before she broke out her new material, Madonna opened the performance with a rendition of Vogue, from her 1990 soundtrack album I’m Breathless.
The track was inspired by House Balls in Harlem, catwalk-like celebrations in which gay and transgender individuals walk and dance in competition, often while in drag.
The song, ranked as her best by Slant in 2018, was a fitting way to open the festivities at Pride Island.
The Material Girl singer was flanked by an array of dancers, also clad in black and mimicking her own martial style.
The back drop included a white set of stairs which the dancers performed on, as well as a video screen that helped broadcast her political messages.
Though Madonna led the party atmosphere on Sunday, the celebration came shortly after she was lambasted by some gun safety advocates and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting for her video for God Control.
The video, from a song off her most recent album, features a graphic mass shooting in a nightclub scenario designed to evoke the massacre, the most deadly mass shooting by a single shooter in the US at the time, until it was surpassed by a mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
It remains the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in the United States.
Though Madonna included a disclaimer before the start of the video, many criticized it as being inadequate to convey the video’s violence.
Emma Gonzalez, a gun safety activist and a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was unreserved in her outrage, calling the video ‘F***ed up’ and ‘horrible.’
Despite the backlash, the singer and actress is continuing with promotions for her new album.
SiriusXM announced Friday that Madonna will be getting her own limited-run channel on the service, which will both draw from her abundant hits and provide a glimpse into the creative process behind her most recent work.