Pop star Madonna fell off the stage during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards, on a night that saw Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each win two prizes.
Madonna tumbled down a set of stairs and landed awkwardly, apparently after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the start of her routine.
But she recovered and returned to continue her song, Living For Love.
The 56-year-old issued a statement later saying she was “fine” and that her cape had been “tied too tight”.
“Nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up,” she wrote on Instagram, referencing the lyrics to her song. “Thanks for your good wishes!”
The painful incident came at the end of a ceremony where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honours, winning two awards each.
An average of 5.3 million people tuned in to the ceremony on ITV, according to overnight ratings – rising to 5.8 million when ITV+1 viewers are added in.
That is up from the 4.6 million who tuned in last year – but less than 2013’s overnight audience of 6.5 million.
You may have wondered why there was no gasp of shock from the O2 crowd as Madonna took her backward tumble.
Well, sitting way up in the balcony seats among some of Madonna’s biggest fans – the type who know and sing along with every lyric – the initial thought was that it may have been a particularly well orchestrated dance manoeuvre.
Consider the evidence – she fell on the lyric “I let down my guard, I fell into your arms” and was back on her feet to sing purposely “now that it’s over, I’m going to carry on”.
The truth later emerged but credit to the showbiz trooper for carrying on. In the words of those other Brit Award history-makers Chumbawamba “I get knocked down but I get up again”.
The red carpet was another weird and orchestrated performance!
The Brit Awards may be held to honor achievement in music, but with the hodgepodge of celebrities involved, the evening was also a little bit about the fashion. And on the red carpet, stars were all over the map.
There were velvet tuxedos, sparkles and even a mini Spice Girls reunion. While the action inside the ceremony involved a new Kanye song and Kim Kardashian in some sort of crocheted jumpsuit, it’s what the guests showed up in that got everyone talking.
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