R.I.P. Whitney Houston 1963-2012

Just one short week after Madonna's record-breaking Superbowl 2012 performance, came the tragic death of the legendary Whitney Houston aged just 48 years.

Whitney herself blew everyone away at the Superbowl a full 21 years before Madonna - singing the US National Anthem before the 1991 game started.

As the clip shows, she was without question one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. May Whitney rest in peace.

(January 1991)

2012: Cee Lo Green talks Superbowl

Monday February 6th, the morning after Madonna's sensational show at the 2012 Superbowl, Cee Lo Green (who duetted with her at the event on "Like a Prayer") did a live interview on NBC Today. He described the Superbowl experience as "awesome"...!

(NBC, February 2012)

2012: Superbowl Perfection

(NBC, February 2012)

2000: Superbowl Performance Cancelled!

Superbowl 2012 will forever be remembered by Madonna fans for her half-time performance, but her debut at that most hallowed of NFL events very nearly came a full 12 years earlier in 2000!

Rumours were rife in late 1999 and early 2000 that Madonna would perform "American Pie" at the 2000 Superbowl, in advance of its release along with the movie "The Next Best Thing".

An announcement claimed:

"A version of Don McLean's classic 'American Pie' which Madonna recorded for the soundtrack to her forthcoming film, The Next Big Thing, is to be premiered live at the American Superbowl.

Madonna will join Tina Turner in a line-up celebrating great American music of the 20th Century that will form part of the pre-game entertainment. The ceremony will be performed on a grand scale with a cast and crew line-up of 1,250 involved in the salute to American musical genres like jazz, blues and

Plans were at such an advanced stage that, in the end when it failed to happen Madonna released the following statement:

"I am sorry that I will not be able to join all the great entertainers who will be performing on Super Bowl Sunday. My sincere apologies to the NFL, ABC-TV, as well as my fans. I look forward to the possibility of doing something with the NFL in the future"

Her manager at the time Carese Henry explained further:

"After meeting with Madonna in London, we agreed that due to her recording schedule there is simply not sufficient time to put all the elements in place that are required to deliver a performance on the level of Super Bowl excellence."

When Entertainment Tonight interviewed Madonna at the time, they asked her about one of the rumoured reasons for the Superbowl performance cancellation.

(ET, February 2000)


She's been a pioneer of the music video since the start of her career almost 30 years ago and now the waiting is over - "Give Me All Your Luvin'", Madonna's new video for the lead single off her forthcoming "MDNA" album is here!

(Interscope Records, February 2012)

2011: I'll Remember Live Acoustic!

It's one of Madonna's most beautiful ballads - a number one hit in 1994, "I'll Remember" was a songwriting collaboration between Madonna, Pat Leonard and the legendary Richard Page from the band Mr. Mister. It was the theme song of the Alek Keshishian directed movie "With Honors" and later appeared on Madonna's ballads compilation "Something To Remember".

Although it's a track Madonna herself has never performed live, Richard Page performed a stunning live acoustic version in 2011 for his "Solo Acoustic" album. Click here to buy this album (which is avialable as a CD+DVD combo) and go here to see Richard Page present an American Music Award to Madonna way back in 1987!

(Thanks to Peter Magennis from The Beats Within Blog)

(RichardPage.com, July 2011)

2012: 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

Here it is now in full from NBC - Madonna's appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno", first broadcast on Monday January 30th 2012 in USA.

She talks W.E., MDNA, Superbowl and more!

(NBC, January 2012)