LONDON: Madonna’s on-stage fall at the Brit Awards unleashed a wave of Internet jokes about the star’s cape malfunction Thursday, overshadowing wins for British singers Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.
The 56-year-old US superstar was performing Living For Love at British pop’s top awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night when a problem with her floor-sweeping Armani cape caused her to tumble down stairs on the stage.
“Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up!” the star wrote on Twitter after the mishap.
Surrounded by muscular dancers wearing bondage-style costumes and horns on their heads, she quickly picked herself up and continued with the song, ironically peppered with lines like “I’m not giving up, I’m gonna carry on” and “Lifted me up, and watched me stumble.”
But the embarrassing fallout from her first Brits appearance in 20 years eclipsed the success of Smith and Sheeran, who took two awards each.
Smith won the British breakthrough act and global success awards, capping a trophy-filled month after he won song of the year at the Grammys for Stay With Me.
Sheeran went home with the awards for best British male solo artist and album of the year for “X.”
“This is incredible, I really didn’t expect this,” Smith told the crowd, while Sheeran called it a great night for British music that defied those who said “selling records is dead.”