Congrats, Madonna, on making it to the half-century mark!
After all these years, Madge — who celebrates (?) her big 5-0 on Saturday — still knows a thing or two about getting her name in the headlines. In this summer alone, she's been reportedly getting a divorce, reportedly linked with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, and reportedly looking to adopt another baby from Africa.
She has denied all of the above — something she also knows a thing or two about, as MTV News' John Norris found out back in May. After her show in New York, she showed him that just because she's getting older doesn't mean she's not as fiery as ever (even if her memory may be showing a little age).
She very tersely corrected John for not accurately remembering a quote that her good friend Rupert Everett said to her about turning 50 — but after research on our part, it turns out that John was, in fact, correct.
But what's all that in comparison with all the great moments she's given us over the years?
There was the now-infamous 1984 VMA appearance, during which she rolled around on the stage, dressed in a wedding gown singing "Like a Virgin." Or there was the 1995 VMA incident when Madonna, while being interviewed by Kurt Loder, was accosted by Courtney Love, who threw a makeup compact at her to hustle in on the interview.
And then there was 2003, when Madonna kissed the heirs to her throne, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera — and then got the two of them to make out with each other.
For anyone who doesn't think Madonna's still got it, think again. She's proved over and over that there's nothing like the original. So here's to you, Madonna. Happy Birthday!