Madonna SLAMS Comments About Her Appearance At Grammy Awards

On Tuesday, Madonna expressed strong objections to criticisms regarding her appearance at the Sunday Grammy Awards.

Madonna, the 64-year-old music icon, posted a joyful video showing her socializing with celebrities such as Sam Smith and Cardi B at the Grammys. In the accompanying lengthy caption, she targeted photographers and accused them of perpetuating ageism and misogyny toward her.

Following her performance at the Grammy Awards, some viewers took to social media to express their thoughts on Madonna's appearance, with some claiming that she was "unrecognizable" due to her fuller and smoother facial features.

Madonna Ciccone claimed that her face appeared fuller and puffier than it actually was due to the close-up shot taken from a long-lens camera.

In the video, Madonna was seen with her distinctive braids arranged in hoops around her ears, and she donned a black lace bustier-style outfit.

Madonna displayed her punk style by wearing several necklaces, chains, and chokers carelessly draped around her neck.

In a brief moment in the video, Madonna was shown engaging in a tongue touch.

In a separate clip, Madonna was captured in the black suit and tie that she donned during her performance with a joyful Cardi, who was adorned in a dazzling mirrored dress and headpiece.

Despite the joyful and festive tone of the video, Madonna's caption was filled with anger in response to the criticism she received on social media for her appearance.

Madonna referred to it as an "honor" to introduce Kim Petras, the first openly transgender individual to win a Grammy, as well as Sam Smith, who won the Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration category and became the first openly non-binary artist to receive the award. The previous Grammy winner in this category was synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos, who won while still in the closet.

Madonna stated that she chose to introduce Petras instead of presenting the highly prized Album of the Year award, as she believed the former would be a more significant and fitting tribute to Petras' trailblazing status.

However, Madonna was frustrated by the fact that people disregarded her words and instead focused on her appearance.

"Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim- Many people chose to only talk about Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone's face!!" she said.

She talked about the problem saying "Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in."

Madonna complained that "world that refuses to celebrate women pass the age of 45 And feels the need to punish her If she continues to be strong willed, hard-working and adventurous [sic]."

She also made it clear that she would not apologize for "any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I'm not going to start."

She said she had been "degraded" by the press since the early days of her fame and also said, "but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come."

Madonna then quoted a line from Beyoncé's hit single: "You won't break my soul."

Madonna concluded her caption with a defiant tone.

"I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior -pushing boundaries-Standing up to the patriarchy -and Most of all enjoying my life,' she declared. 'Bow down b****es!"

The singer sparked controversy among right-wing figures and social conservatives after she introduced Petras and Smith's performance of their song "Unholy."

During the performance, Smith wore a humorous red top hat with horns, while Petras donned a tight red dress and sang from within a cage.

Many social media complaints claimed that the performance was promoting devil worship, though the source of their dissatisfaction may have been the performers' gender identity and the platform they were given.

Madonna took a more aggressive tone in a tweet she posted later on Tuesday.

In the tweet, Madonna sported a sheer black top and multiple cross necklaces. She leaned forward, with only her irises visible beneath her brows.

The photo emphasized Madonna's noticeably smooth forehead, with her dark hair styled in red braids framing her face.

"The world is threatened by my power and my stamina," she wrote. "My intelligence and my will to survive. But they will never break me. This is all the test," she wrote.

In her tweet, Madonna addressed some form of criticism but did not specify the target of her message in her caption.

A fan wrote on Twitter: "Madonna looking "refreshed" lol.." while another wrote: "So, I am just now watching the #GRAMMYs. Madonna doesn't quite look like @Madonna to me."

Another wrote: "Madonna needs to stop with the plastic surgery and embrace the aging process. She's nearly unrecognizable at this point."

One fan added: "My gawd what has @Madonna done to herself? #GRAMMYs' while another typed: "Madonna sorta looks like that singer that sang Vogue and other songs."

Madonna styled her hair with a middle part, creating two separate braids that were pinned up on each side. She added an edgy touch with two smaller braids falling down in front of her face.

Madonna spoke to the crowd with a riding crop in hand while standing under a bright stage spotlight.

Madonna added sparkle to her outfit with cross-shaped earrings and an array of eye-catching rings on her fingers.

Madonna's makeup was bold and glamorous, featuring black mascara and a shimmering smoky eye shadow that accentuated her blonde-dyed eyebrows. She completed her look with a nude-colored lipstick.

While introducing two upcoming performers, Kim Petras and Sam Smith, she said "Are you ready for a little controversy?"

After a brief pause, the singer said, "Here's what I've learned after four decades in music."

"If they call you shocking, scandalous problematic, provocative or dangerous, you are definitely onto something," the Hung Up hitmaker stated.

The star continued, "I am here to give thanks to all the rebels out here forging a new path and taking the heat for all of it."

"You guys need to know, all you trouble makers out there, you need to know that your fearlessness does not go unnoticed. You are seen. You are heard and most of all, you are appreciated."

On Sunday, Madonna provided a closer look at her outfit for the music event through a short video on her primary Instagram account.

In the video, Madonna stood against a wall to give a full view of her attire and then walked toward the camera to show off her youthful appearance while tapping her riding crop.

The background music for the clip was "B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of The All)" by Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal. Madonna captioned the post with "And the Winner is...........".

Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win a Grammy on Sunday. Petras commented saying "I am beyond honored ! Thank you for everything you have done for the lgbtq community and thank you for being pure hope and light to so many."

Madonna recently announced her upcoming "The Celebration Tour" to mark 40 years in the music industry. The 35-city global tour will start in North America in July.

In a press release, Madonna stated, "I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for."