The queen of pop took a nasty tumble
Just like the song says: She’s gonna carry on.
Madonna was pulled down a flight of stairs during her performance at the U.K.’s Brit Awards today performing her new single “Living For Love.” Video footage appears to show a cape-like costume element meant to be pulled off Madonna’s shoulders which didn’t detach properly, dragging Madonna down three stairs and onto her back on the stage.
Falls in live performances are an occupational hazard for the most seasoned performers: In 2009, to name just one instance, Jennifer Lopez fell onstage at the American Music Awards. But this has been a moment of unusual attention to Madonna, with her upcoming albumRebel Heart representing a serious bid for an artistic comeback.
Still, Madonna’s beating back her critics began seconds after her fall: She got up and finished the song.