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Madonna’s Biography & Awards

After a star reaches a certain point, it’s easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their persona. Madonna is such a star. Madonna rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common than discussing her music. However, one of Madonna’s greatest achievements is how she manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity, and her sexuality. Arguably, Madonna was the first female pop star to have complete control of her music and image.

Madonna moved from her native Michigan to New York in 1977, with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. She studied with choreographer Alvin Ailey and modeled. In 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue, a disco outfit that had the hit “Born to Be Alive.” She traveled to Paris with Hernandez; it was there that she met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club, a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but she soon became the lead singer. In 1980, she left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray. Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some dance/disco-oriented tracks. A demo tape of these tracks worked its way to Mark Kamins, a New York-based DJ/producer. Kamins directed the tape to Sire Records, which signed the singer in 1982.

Kamins produced Madonna’s first single, “Everybody,” which became a club and dance hit at the end of 1982; her second single, 1983’s “Physical Attraction,” was another club hit. In June of 1983, she had her third club hit with the bubbly “Holiday,” which was written by Jellybean Benitez. Madonna’s self-titled debut album was released in September of 1983; “Holiday” became her first Top 40 hit the following month. “Borderline” became her first Top Ten hit in March of 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 consecutive Top Ten hits. While “Lucky Star” was climbing to number four, Madonna began working on her first starring role in a feature film, Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan.

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Madonna’s second album, the Niles Rodgers-produced Like a Virgin, was released at the end of 1984. The title track hit number one in December, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks; it was the start of a whirlwind year for the singer. During 1985, Madonna became an international celebrity, selling millions of records on the strength of her stylish, sexy videos and forceful personality. After “Material Girl” became a number two hit in March, Madonna began her first tour, supported by the Beastie Boys. “Crazy for You” became her second number one single in May. Desperately Seeking Susan was released in July, becoming a box office hit; it also prompted a planned video release of A Certain Sacrifice, a low-budget erotic drama she filmed in 1979. A Certain Sacrifice wasn’t the only embarrassing skeleton in the closet dragged into the light during the summer of 1985 — both Playboy and Penthouse published nude photos of Madonna that she posed for in 1977. Nevertheless, her popularity continued unabated, with thousands of teenage girls adopting her sexy appearance, being dubbed “Madonna wannabes.” In August, she married actor Sean Penn; the couple had a rocky marriage that ended in 1989.

Madonna began collaborating with Patrick Leonard at the beginning of 1986; Leonard would co-write most of her biggest hits in the ’80s, including “Live to Tell,” which hit number one in June of 1986. A more ambitious and accomplished record than her two previous albums, True Blue was released the following month, to both more massive commercial success (it was a number one in both the U.S. and the U.K., selling over five million copies in America alone) and critical acclaim. “Papa Don’t Preach” became her fourth number one hit in the U.S. While her musical career was thriving, her film career took a savage hit with the November release of Shanghai Surprise. Starring Madonna and Sean Penn, the comedy received terrible reviews, which translated into disastrous box office returns.

At the beginning of 1987, she had her fifth number one single with “Open Your Heart,” the third number one from True Blue alone. The title cut from the soundtrack of her third feature film, Who’s That Girl?, was another chart-topping hit, although the film itself was another box office bomb. 1988 was a relatively quiet year for Madonna as she spent the first half of the year acting in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow on Broadway. In the meantime, she released the remix album You Can Dance. After withdrawing the divorce papers she filed at the beginning of 1988, she divorced Penn at the beginning of 1989.

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Like a Prayer, released in the spring of 1989, was her most ambitious and far-reaching album, incorporating elements of pop, rock, and dance. It was another number one hit and launched the number one title track as well as “Express Yourself,” “Cherish,” and “Keep It Together,” three more Top Ten hits. In April 1990, she began her massive Blonde Ambition tour, which ran throughout the entire year. “Vogue” became a number one hit in May, setting the stage for her co-starring role in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy; it was her most successful film appearance since Desperately Seeking Susan. Madonna released a greatest-hits album, The Immaculate Collection, at the end of the year. It featured two new songs, including the number one single “Justify My Love,” which sparked another controversy with its sexy video; the second new song, “Rescue Me,” became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in U.S. chart history, entering the charts at number 15. Truth or Dare, a documentary of the Blonde Ambition tour, was released to positive reviews and strong ticket sales during the spring of 1991.

Madonna returned to the charts in the summer of 1992 with the number one “This Used to Be My Playground,” a single featured in the film A League of Their Own, which featured the singer in a small part. Later that year, Madonna released Sex, an expensive, steel-bound soft-core pornographic book that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself, several models, and other celebrities — including Isabella Rossellini, Big Daddy Kane, Naomi Campbell, and Vanilla Ice — as well as selected prose. Sex received scathing reviews and enormous negative publicity, yet that didn’t stop the accompanying album, Erotica, from selling over two million copies. Bedtime Stories, released two years later, was a more subdued affair than Erotica. Initially, it didn’t chart as impressively, prompting some critics to label her a has-been, yet the album spawned her biggest hit, “Take a Bow,” which spent seven weeks at number one. It also featured the Bjork-penned “Bedtime Stories,” which became her first single not to make the Top 40; its follow-up, “Human Nature,” also failed to crack the Top 40. Nevertheless, Bedtime Stories marked her seventh album to go multi-platinum.

Beginning in 1995, Madonna began one of her most subtle image makeovers as she lobbied for the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Backing away from the overt sexuality of Erotica and Bedtime Stories, Madonna recast herself as an upscale sophisticate, and the compilation Something to Remember fit into the plan nicely. Released in the fall of 1995, around the same time she won the coveted role of Evita Peron, the album was comprised entirely of ballads, designed to appeal to the mature audience that would also be the target of Evita. As the filming completed, Madonna announced she was pregnant and her daughter, Lourdes, was born late in 1996, just as Evita was scheduled for release. The movie was greeted with generally positive reviews and Madonna began a campaign for an Oscar nomination that resulted in her winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), but not the coveted Academy Award nomination. The soundtrack for Evita, however, was a modest hit, with a dance remix of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and the newly written “You Must Love Me” both becoming hits.

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During 1997, she worked with producer William Orbit on her first album of new material since 1994’s Bedtime Stories. The resulting record, Ray of Light, was heavily influenced by electronica, techno, and trip-hop, thereby updating her classic dance-pop sound for the late ’90s. Ray of Light received uniformly excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and debuted at number two on the charts. Within a month, the record was shaping up to be her biggest album since Like a Prayer. Two years later she returned with Music, which reunited her with Orbit and also featured production work from Mark “Spike” Stent and Mirwais, a French electro-pop producer/musician in the vein of Daft Punk and Air.

The year 2000 also saw the birth of Madonna’s second child, Rocco, whom she had with filmmaker Guy Ritchie; the two married at the very end of the year. With Ritchie as director and Madonna as star, the pair released a remake of the film Swept Away in 2002. It tanked at the box office, failing to crack seven digits, making it one of the least profitable films of the year. Her sober 2003 album, American Life, fared a little better but was hardly a huge success. That same year she released a successful children’s book, The English Roses (it was followed by several more over the coming years).

Confessions on a Dance Floor marked her return to music and to the dance-oriented material that had made her a star; released in late 2005, it topped the Billboard charts, and was accompanied by a worldwide tour in 2006, the same year that I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, a CD/DVD made during her Re-Invention Tour, came out. In 2007 Madonna released another CD/DVD, Confessions Tour, this time chronicling her controversial tour of the same name.

Written by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. © AllMusic

Madonna’s Awards

  • 2009
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Nomination for Best Pop Dance Track “4 Minutes”
    Nomination for Best Solo Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Rich Woman)
    Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
    Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Nomination for Favorite Combined Forces “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown- No Air)
  • 2008
  • Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
    Best Video for “4 Minutes”
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination for Best Act Ever (Lost to Rick Astley)
  • Much Music Video Awards
    Nomination for Best International Video Artist “4 Minutes” (Lost to Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music)
  • Teen Choice Awards
    Nomination for Best Single for “4 Minutes” (Lost to Jonas Brothers – When You Look Me In The Eyes)
    Nomination for Best Hook-Up for “4 Minutes” with Justin (Lost to Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown- No Air)
  • Virgin.net Awards
    Nomination for Best Album “Hard Candy” (Lost to Kings Of Leon – Only By the Night)
    Nomination for Best Track “4 Minutes” (Lost Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl)
    Nomination for Best Comeback (Lost to Mariah Carey)
    Nomination for Best International Act (Lost to Rihanna)
  • World Music Awards
    Best Selling American Artist
  • 2007
  • Virgin.Net Awards
    Best Solo Artist
  • The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
    Best Female
    Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”
  • Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
    Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”
    Nominated for Major Tour Of The Year
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Nominated for Best International Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Christina Aguilera – Back To Basics)
    Nominated for Best International Female (Lost To Christina Aguilera)
  • Juno Awards
    Nominated for Album Of The Year “Confessions on A Dance Floor”
  • The Ivor Novello Awards
    International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”
    Nominated for PRS Most Performed Work “Sorry” (Lost To Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin)
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
    Best Dance Solo Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”
    Nominated for Best Dance Recording “Get Together” (Lost To Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back)
    Nominated for Best Long Form Music Video “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret” (Lost To Bruce Springsteen – Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run)
  • Elle Magazine Awards
    Style Icon Award
  • 2006
  • World Music Awards
    World’s Best Pop Artist
  • TRL Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Russian MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Ringtone (Lost To A’Studio)
    Nominated for Best Foreign Artist (Lost To Black Eyed Peas)
  • Premios Principales
    Nominated for Best International Artist
    Nominated for Best International Song “Hung Up”
  • NRJ Radio Awards
    Nominated for Best International Female Artist
    Nominated for Best Pop
  • NRJ Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • NME Awards
    Sexiest Female
  • MVPA Awards
    Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)
    Nominated for Best Pop Video “Hung Up” (Lost To All-American Rejects – Move Along)
    Nominated for Best Direction of a Female Artist “Hung Up” (Lost To Fiona Apple – O’ Sailor)
    Nominated for Best Choreography “Hung Up” (Lost To Missy Elliott – Lose Control)
    Nominated for Best Styling “Hung Up” (Lost To My Chemical Romance – Ghost of You)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Latin America
    Nominated for Song Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie)
    Nominated for Best International Pop Artist (Lost To Robbie Williams)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Video Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To Panic! at the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies)
    Nominated for Best Female Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Kelly Clarkson – Because of You)
    Nominated for Best Dance Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Pussycat Dolls f/ Snoop Dogg – Buttons)
    Nominated for Best Pop Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Pink – Stupid Girls)
    Nominated for Best Choreography in A Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Female (Lost To Christina Aguilera)
    Nominated for Best Pop (Lost To Justin Timberlake)
    Nominated for Best Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
    Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
    Best Dance Artist Solo
  • Danish Music Awards
    Nominated for Best international Hit “Hung Up”
  • Brit Awards
    Best International Female
    Nominated for Best Pop Act (Lost To James Blunt)
  • Billboard Touring Awards
    Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
    Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)
    Nominated for Top Draw (Lost To The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour)
    Nominated for Top Tour (Lost To The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour)
  • Australian MTV Video Music Awards
    Nominated for Best Female Artist (Lost To Ashlee Simpson)
    Nominated for Album Of The Year “Confessions on A Dance Floor” (Lost To Bernard Fanning – Tea and Simpathy)
    Nominated for Song Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To James Blunt – You’re Beautiful)
    Nominated for Best Dance Video “Hung Up” (Lost To Rogue Traders – I Like The Way)
    Nominated for Video Of The Year “Hung Up” (Lost To The Veronicas – 4Ever)
  • Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
    Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)
  • 2005
  • Meteor Ireland Music Awards
    Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)
  • MVPA Awards
    Nominated for Best Choreography In A Video (“Me Against The Music”)
  • Virgin.net Awards
    Nominated for Best Solo Artist
    Nominated for Best Single (“Hung Up”)
    Nominated for Best Album (“Confessions on A Dance Floor”)
  • 2004
  • UK Music Hall Of Fame
    Founding Member
  • Q Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Live Act (Lost To Muse)
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Combined Forces (With Britney Spears “Me Against The Music”)
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
  • MTV Russian Music Awards
    Nomination For Best International Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Dance Recording “Die Another Day”
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video “Die Another Day”
  • Dancestar Awards
    Best Chart Act
  • Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
    Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”
  • Billboard Awards
    Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)
  • 2003
  • Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
    Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”
  • MVPA Awards
    Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Video From A Film “Die Another Day” (Lost To Eminem : “Loose Yourself”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female
    Nomination For Web Award
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress “Swept Away”
    Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
    Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini
    Nomination For Worst Original Song “Die Another Day”
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song “Die Another Day”
  • Bulgarian MM Awards
    Best International Video (Die Another Day)
  • American Music Awards
    Michael Jackson Award
  • 2002
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Solo Dance Artist
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video “Don’t Tell Me”
  • DVD Awards
    Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”
  • ASCAP Awards
    Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”
  • AOL Viewers Choice Awards
    Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”
  • 2001
  • NRJ Music Awards
    Best International Album “Music”
    Best International Female
  • MVPA Awards
    Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”
  • International Dance Music Awards
    Best Dance Solo Artist
    Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
    Best Dance Video “Music”
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”
    Nomination For Worst Screen Couple “The Next Best Thing”, with Rupert Everett
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Video Of The Year “Music”
    Best Recording Package “Music”
    Nomination For Best Dance Recording “Music”
    Nomination For Best Dance Album “Music”
    Nomination For Record Of The Year “Music”
    Nomination For Best Female Pop Vocal Performance “Music”
  • Edison Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • Danish Music Awards
    Best International Album “Music”
    Best International Hit “Music”
  • Capital FM Awards
    Favorite International Solo Artist
  • Billboard Awards
    Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”
  • Brit Awards
    Best International Female
  • 2000
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
    Best Singles (#1 “Music”)
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
    Best Singles (#1 “Music”)
  • Premios Amigos Awards
    Best International Female Singer
  • MVPA Awards
    Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For The Best Video Of The Year “Don’t Tell Me”
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Best Female Artist
    Best Dance
  • Kids’ Choice Awards
    Nomination for Favorite Song From A Movie (“Beautiful Stranger”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“Beautiful Stranger”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress of the Century
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”
  • 1999
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)
  • MVPA Awards
    Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
    Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”
  • Music Week CAD Awards
    Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
    Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
    Best Dance Video “Frozen”
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”
    Nomination For Best Female Video “Beautiful Stranger” (Lost To Lauryn Hill : Doo Wop (That Thing))
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video “Beautiful Stranger” (Lost To Marilyn Manson : The Dope Show)
    Nomination For Best Special Effects In A Video “Nothing Really Matters” (Lost To : Garbage : Special)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For The Best Female Artist
    Nomination For The Best Song “Beautiful Stranger”
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Record of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Album of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
  • Brit awards
    Nomination For Best International Female Artist
  • Billboard Awards
    Nomination for Best Clip of the Year (“Beautiful Stranger”)
    Nomination for Best Director (“Beautiful Stranger”)
    Nomination for Solo Artist Of The Decade
  • 1998
  • Viva Comet Awards
    Best International Artist
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)
  • Rolling Stone Critics Picks
    Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)
  • Much Music Awards
    Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)
  • VH-1 Fashion Awards
    The Versace Award
    Most Fashinable Artist
    Most Stylish Music Artist
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
    Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To The Prodigy : Smack My Bitch Up)
    Nomination For Breakthrough Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To The Prodigy : Smack My Bitch Up)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”) (Lost To Fiona Apple : Criminal)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Best Female
    Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
    Nomination For Best Dance
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award
    Nomination For Favorite Actress (“Evita”)
  • 1997
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Best Movie Song (“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”)
    Nomination For Best Female Performance (“Evita”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
    Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
    Best Movie (“Evita”)
  • Brit Awards
    Nomination For Best Soundtrack (“Evita”)
  • Billboard Awards
    Artist Achievement Award
  • American Moviegoer’s Awards
    Best Actress (“Evita”)
    Best Direction (“Evita”)
  • Academy Awards
    Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
  • 1996
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“You’ll See”) (Lost To Smashing Pumpking : Tonight, Tonight)
  • MTV Latin Music Awards
    Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
    Best Video (“Veras”)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    Nomination For “Amour” Award (“I Want You”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)
  • Echo Awards
    Best International Female Artist
  • ASCAP Awards
    Best Song (“You’ll See”)
  • 1995
  • VH-1 Fashion Awards
    Most Fashionable Artist
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To Michael and Janet Jackson : Scream)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Best Movie Song (“I’ll Remember”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Pop Album (“Bedtime Stories”)
    Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media (“I’ll Remember”)
    Nomination For Best Long Form Music Video (“The Girlie Show – Live Down Under”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“I’ll Remember”)
  • Brit Awards
    Nomination For Best International Female Artist
  • 1994
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Video for A Film (“I’ll Remember”) (Lost To Bruce Springsteen : Streets Of Philadelphia)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Long Form Music Video (“Girlie Show – Live Down Under”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)
  • 1993
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
    Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    Nomination For Most Desirable Female (“Body Of Evidence”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“This Used To Be My Playground”)
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)
  • 1992
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Annie Lennox : Why)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (Lost To Prince ” The New Power Generation : Cream)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To En Vogue : My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It))
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (Lost To Guns N’ Roses : November Rain)
  • Grammy Awards
    Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Nomination For Worst Actress (“Truth Or Dare”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Artist
  • 1991
  • Saturn Award
    Nomination For Best Actress (“Evita”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Janet Jackson : Love Will Never Do (Without You))
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (Lost To C+C Music Factory : Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now))
    Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)
  • Juno Awards
    Best International Single (“Vogue”)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Single (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Artist
  • Academy Awards
    Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)
  • 1990
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Direction In A Video
    Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
    Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)
    Nomination For Best Video Of The Year (“Vogue”) (Lost To Sinead O’Connor : Nothing Compares 2 U)
    Nomination For Best Female Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To Sinead O’Connor : Nothing Compares 2 U)
    Nomination For Best Dance Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To M.C. Hammer : U Can’t Touch This)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To Janet Jackson : Rhythm Nation)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Vogue”) (Lost To B-52’s : Love Shack)
    Nomination For Viewers Choice Award (“Vogue”) (Lost To Aerosmith : Janie’s Got A Gun)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Engineered Album (“Lika A Prayer”)
    Nomination For Best Short Form Music Video (“Oh Father”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Nomination For Worst Supporting Actress (“Bloodhounds Of Broadway”)
    Nomination For Worst Actress of the Decade
    Nomination For Worst New Star of the Decade
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Dance Single (“Like A Prayer”)
  • 1989
  • Rolling Stone Readers Picks
    Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Direction In A Video
    Best Art Direction In A Video
    Best Editing In A Video
    Best Cinematography In A Video
    Viewers Choice Award
    Nomination For Best Female Video (Lost To Paula Abdul : Straight Up)
    Nomination For Best Video Of The Year (Lost To Neil Young : This Note’s For You)
  • International Music Awards
    Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)
  • 1988
  • Tony Awards
    Nomination For Play of the Year (“Speed The Plow”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Best Song Written For A Movie (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • 1987
  • Rolling Stone Critics Poll
    Nomination For Best Single (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Prince And The Revolution – Kiss)
  • MuchMusic Awards
    Best Female Artist
    Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Janet Jackson : Nasty)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Editing In A Video (“Papa Don’t Preach”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Overall Performance In A Video (“Open Your Heart”) (Lost To Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Open Your Heart”) (Lost To Robbie Nevil : C’est La Vie)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Outstanding Pop Vocal Performance (“Papa Don’t Preach,”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Nomination For Best Original Song (“Who’s That Girl”)
  • ASCAP Awards
    Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Maxi Single “Live To Tell”
  • 1986
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Favorite Female Musical Performer
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Video Vanguard Award
    Nomination For The Best Choreography In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To Prince : Raspberry Beret)
    Nomination For Best Editing In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To A-Ha : The Sun Always Shines On TV)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Dress You Up”) (Lost To A-Ha : The Sun Always Shines On TV)
  • Juno Awards
    Best International Album (“True Blue”)
  • Grammy Awards
    Nomination For Outstanding Pop Vocal Performance (“Crazy For You”)
  • Golden Raspberry Awards
    Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)
  • American Music Awards
    Nomination For Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
    Nomination For Favorite Pop/Rock Album (“True Blue”)
  • 1985
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best Female Video (“Material Girl”) (Lost To Tina Turner : What’s Love Got To Do With It)
    Nomination For Best Choreography In A Video (“Material Girl”) (Lost To Elton John : Sad Song)
    Nomination For Best Art Direction In A Video (“Like A Virgin”) (Lost To Don Henley : The Boys Of Summer)
    Nomination For Best Cinematography In A Video (“Like A Virgin”) (Lost To Don Henley : The Boys Of Summer)
  • American Music Awards
    Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist
  • 1984
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    Nomination For Best New Artist In A Video (Lost To Eurythmics : Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This))
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