ELTON John and Madonna are arguably two of the most well-known singers in the music industry.
Both have been in the public spotlight for decades, as has their feud, which dates back to the early 2000s.
Elton John and Madonna Beef Explained
Over the years, Elton John hasn’t held back when it comes to sharing his opinions, and that’s what started his fling with Madonna.
In a November 2002 interview, John commented on Madonna’s theme song for the James Bond film Die Another Day, calling it “the worst Bond tune ever”.
“It doesn’t have a melody,” he told Sky News at the time.
“James Bond issues are usually very campy and this one is different… They should have gone with someone like Lulu and Shirley Bassey, or maybe I’m in that league?”
Two years later, at the Q Awards, John again commented on Madonna’s music after winning the Classic Songwriter category.
During his acceptance speech, he criticized the awards for Madonna’s nomination in the Best Live Act category.
“Madonna, best live act? Fuck off,” John said via The Hollywood Reporter.
“Since when is lip syncing live? Sorry but I think anyone who lip syncs on stage in public if you pay around £75 to see them should be shot.
“Many Thanks. That’s me from her Christmas card list, but don’t I care? No.”
At the time, Madonna herself didn’t respond to John’s comments, but her rep Liz Rosenberg released a statement saying the star doesn’t lip-sync.
“Madonna does not lip-sync, nor does she spend her time destroying other artists,” the American Songwriter statement said.
“She has sung every note of her Re-Invention tour live and is not ashamed that she was well paid for her hard work.
“Elton John stays on her Christmas card list, whether he’s nice…or naughty.”
He later spoke to Access Hollywood and said his previous comments were “unfair”.
“You know, I just said what I said, and I’ve been meaning to say it for a long time,” John explained via CBS News.
“It was probably a little unfair to Madonna because a lot of people are worse at lip syncing and her whole show is lip syncing. Your show isn’t entirely lip-synched, but there’s an element.”
“Madonna is a great artist,” he added, “she’s a great writer, she’s a great performer, she makes great records and I just want to leave it at that.”
Fans thought their feud would go away after that. However, it reappeared at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, where both were nominated for Best Original Song.
Madonna ended up taking home the award that year, which didn’t sit well with John’s husband, David Furnish.
“Winning Madonna for Best Original Song really shows that these awards have nothing to do with merit,” Furnish said in a since-deleted Facebook message, according to CBS News.
While John and his partner may not have liked the news, Madonna didn’t take Furnish’s words to heart and said afterwards that she hoped:[John] speaks to me for the next few years.”
“I hope he talks to me for the next few years. He’s known to get mad at me,” the Material Girl singer said via THR.
“He will win another prize. I don’t feel bad.”
John continued his commentary crusade later that year during an interview with Australia’s Channel 7 program Sunday Night, where he called her a “f***ing fairground stripper”.
“If Madonna had had any common sense, she would have made a record like Ray of Light, stayed off the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and made great pop records, which is what makes her brilliant,” he said via THR.
“But no, she had to prove that she’s like…” he continued without elaborating. “And she looks like a ‘damn fairground stripper.’
Are Elton John and Madonna Friends Now?
While John has said some pretty harsh things about Madonna over the years, the pair appear to have reconciled.
In 2012, Madonna took the stage in Nice, France, and dedicated a song to the music veteran.
“I want to dedicate this next song to a Mr. Elton John,” she told the crowd via Billboard.
“I know he’s a big fan of it and I know he’s a big fan of mine. And you know what? i forgive him You have to start somewhere.”
The following year, he told Extra that their feud was “over and over.”
“We went to a restaurant in France in the summer. She came in and I sent a message. She was very kind.
“She accepted our apology and then we bought her dinner. That’s over and done with.”
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