Many have suspected it, and now it's confirmed: Madonna will appear at Pride Island during WorldPride in New York City this month. The news was announced on the Today Show Monday.
Madge's journey to Pride has been a long one. Sure it stretches way back to even beyond debuting "Vogue" in 1990, but specific to this year's Pride at the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall, it goes back to New Year's Eve. At the Stonewall Inn the site of the riots that started this legacy, to ring in the new year she sang "Like a Prayer" and gave a speech.
"I stand here proudly at the place where Pride began," she said from a set of prepared remarks. "Let us not forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said 'enough.'" But the clues kept coming.
News began to circulate that she was releasing a new album this month and then there was the whole music video incident. In a bit of drag tour drama with Haters Roast, it was revealed that the "Like a Virgin" singer was filming a new video featuring a ton of drag queens. Then she received the GLAAD Advocate for Change award -- OK, that was less of a sign that something was coming and more of a recognition of a career well spent -- and released "I Rise," a Stonewall tribute. Let's face it guys: all roads pointed to Madonna on the big stage during the world's first WorldPride hosted in America where we expect her to perform a mixture of some of her older hits as well as tracks from the new album, which is her 14th. That album, titled Madame X, will release on June 14.
Pride Island will also feature performances by Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor, and Pabllo Vittar. Grace Jones will headline on Saturday while Madonna will perform on Sunday -- the Sunday headliner has yet to be announced. Yes kids, this is a place for legends! A reported 6 million tourists will flood New York for Pride alone this year.
Unsurprisingly, tickets for the entire weekend have already sold out and have been since March. Hopefully someone is going to be streaming something!