|Madonna prepares to surprise the NYE crowd at the iconic Stonewall Inn in NYC|
Madonna surprised the crowd last night with a midnight appearance at the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York City.
Madge was recently named a ‘Stonewall Ambassador’ by Pride Live to help bring awareness to this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 2019. In honor of the anniversary, World Pride is being held in New York City this year.
Appearing onstage in an appropriate melange of leather, chains and glitter, the Queen of Pop noted, “This is the smallest stage I’ve ever been on.”
She then went on to address the diverse crowd about the memory and revolution of Stonewall (via Boy Culture):
“I see you! I stand here, proudly, at the place where Pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, and the birth of a new year.
“We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution. Fifty years of freedom-fighting. Fifty years of blood, sweat and tears — can I get an amen?! Fifty years of sacrifice. Fifty years of standing up to discrimination, hatred and — worst of all — indifference.
“And it all started here, at Stonewall. Let us never forget the Stonewall Riots and those who bravely stood up and said, Enough. Enough brutality, enough violence inflicted on this community, enough stigmatism, enough oppression, enough pain and suffering.
“We must never forget where we came from.”
Madonna then launched into an acoustic version of her mega-hit “Like A Prayer.” That was followed by a duet of the Elvis classic, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” with her son, David, on guitar.
View this post on InstagramI made it Thru The Wilderness……….🔥🔥🔥 Back stage at STONEWALL INN!! 🏳️🌈 2019 came. in with a Bang!! 💥! #stonewall #pride #50th #newyear #newlifeA post shared by Madonna (@madonna) on Jan 1, 2019 at 10:47am PST
What could be better than bringing in the New Year with The Queen and her beautifully talented son? Ummm…having a conversation with The Queen ( please, I hope someone recorded those MoMents 🙏🏻 ). Thank you, @madonna and the people who made this possible (I love you guys More than you know!!!) – you just made every shitty thing that happened in 2018 so Much better. 2019 is already looking up 🙏🏻👑 Special thanks to My hubby, who always supports My Madness!!! I love you to the Moon and back!!! ***If you repost My video, please make sure it is properly credited – Thank you!!!***
@madonna stopped by @thestonewallinn tonight, courtesy of @prideliveofficial, to ring in the new year with song. Thank you, Madonna, for helping us welcome the historic 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots with fellow #StonewallAmbassadors @levijfoster and @ryanjamaalswain. Happy 2019, rebels! #madonna #stonewall #stonewallinn #NYE #newyearseve #lgbtq #stonewallriots