Billboard Music Awards 2019: Madonna and Maluma set the stage on fire with steamy 'Medellin' performance
Madonna and Maluma smashed their performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night with an exhilarating show surrounded by the pop icon's holograms. By now, we should just take it for granted that Madonna's shows are crazy. But as it turns out that is what Maluma calls the collaboration. "We all know that Madonna, she loves to do crazy songs. So when we were working on 'Medellín', she wanted to say some crazy words and I was like, 'No, don't do that,'" he recalled on the red carpet speaking to E!.
"The song is going in a different way, so she was like, 'Wow, you're Mr. Safe.' I was like, baby, 'You're Ms. Crazy'," he said. This was Maluma's first Billboard performance and Madonna's huge comeback after four years of taking time off stage. She took on the persona of Madame X in the performance and rocked the stage as she sang and performed a sexy choreography with Maluma.
Madonna has described herself in both an Instagram post and a video as a “secret agent / traveling around the world / changing identities / fighting for freedom / bringing light to dark places/a guitar teacher" and someone who knows that "pain is beauty".
The Latino singer also shed light on how their collaboration came about. "It was crazy, I went to the VMAs. I met her over there, then I was touring in Europe and in London she called me and she said she had a song for me called "Medellín," he said on the red carpet. "I'm from Medellín, Columbia and it's crazy that she said that she wanted me to be part of the project. It's so fast, it's such a dream," he said.
Twitter erupted with applause for the singer and the single, which also made its debut on stage. "Madonna is 60 and still showing the girls how it’s done. She is the definition of a legend with longevity.," one user said. "Here it is! Madonna & Maluma at the #BBMAs tonight. This is how it's done kids. Queen of pop." Another fan tweeted, "The only thing better than one Madame X is five."
The star was seen panting and holding her chest as she left the stage. "I can still hear my heart beating," she said through gasps. Clearly, she wasn't the only one that took everyone's breath away.